10 Alternative Workout Places In Bangalore That The Fittest In The City Are Heading To
By: Trishala Ashok on Jun 22nd, 2015

Run. Lift. Stretch. Repeat. Your usual fitness routine can get a little, well, routine. Fortunately a new slew of game-changing gyms, studios, and workout experiences are cropping up across the city. From a company that takes workouts out of the studio and into the woods to a gym that taps into your inner athlete to an aerobic studio that makes you shed weight and tone up without even realising it–these exercise experiences are completely reinventing what it means to "go to the gym". Check out our list below and get inspired to try a different workout routine.

A3 Performance – Enhancing athletic performance.
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A3 Performance is a one stop high-performance training centre for all athletes and non-athletes. A3 Performance delivers today’s best athlete conditioning protocols and programs. An elite strength and conditioning specialist and sport psychologist explain and demonstrate the most effective applications of the most current sport science and sports medicine to enhance athletic performance. Integration of multiple methods of conditioning will not only help you achieve aesthetic perfection but can also improve the functional capability of human body.


Open from: 5:30 AM-8:00 PM

Location: Indiranagar

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Hyper Monkey – Fun is the aim and fitness is the side effect.
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Hyper Monkey is an alternative fitness centre which is about 'playing' and having a good time while working out. Their motive to get people interested in learning how to adapt and use their bodies differently, using variety of classes like Kickboxing, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, Death by Monkey (try their specialty Functional Fitness Workout to do it) . Fun is the aim and fitness is the side effect. Hyper Monkey also helps people understand how effective the tools they pick up from classes help them in their day to day life and it's not just about losing weight but learning how amazing the human body is.


Open from: Monday to Friday – 6:30AM to 10AM and 6:30PM-9:30PM

                    Saturday and Sunday - 9:30AM - 12:30PM

Location: Koramangala

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The Republic Of Fitness – Outdoor fitness at its best.
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The Republic Of Fitness is a nation of fitness enthusiasts and fitness fanatics. They recruit and create soldiers to fight laziness, unhealthy lifestyle, lack of fitness, etc., through effectively-planned Outdoor Workouts.What sets them apart from a typical gym? They go beyond the realms of physical fitness. Their workouts require a lot of mental toughness to get through and this permeates to other aspects of our soldiers’ lives as well. Every Sunday is a different kind of workout session. Feel like a Spartan with a 300-Spartan inspired workout or boost your metabolism with a session called Burn Baby Burn. What a healthy way to kickstart your Sunday, am I right?


Open from: Sundays 6:15 AM-7:30 AM

Location: Cubbon Park

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Wanitha Ashok’s Moving Bodies Boutique Aerobic Studio – Elite workouts for functional fitness.

Moving Body's tagline is "Get fit, toned and sculpted the fun way". The elite workouts are based on functional fitness and focuses on 3-dimensional training to improve the quality of life. Workouts at Moving Body are based on fun and novelty, as exercise routines can get monotonous. No two workouts are the same , this is to discourage muscle memory and challenge the body everyday to gain physiological benefits on a daily basis. The Star Aerobic classes are spearheaded by the highly qualified Bangalore's Fitness Queen Wanitha Ashok. Apart from Aerobics, Moving Body Studio offers Hip Hop, Zumba, Kick Boxing, Bharathanatyam and other dance classes.


Open from: 6:00 AM-8:30 PM

Location: Banashankari (2nd Stage)

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Namma Crossfit – Training tailor-made for the Indian body type.
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Namma CrossFit is Bangalore's quintessential all-round Fitness Program designed specifically for the common 'Indian' body type. It is among the first three Cross Fit affiliates in India with over 1100 registered athletes across 3 facilities. They have also trained and inspired other coaches to open similar Training facilities to spread the 'Namma' Training Philosophy. 'Namma CrossFit' began with a sole objective; provide folks from Bangalore a platform where they can learn the nuances of Physical Movement in a safe yet effective environment. Namma CrossFit also encourages their athletes to train Outdoor. They perform all their running and sprinting activities in Cubbon Park and Agara Lake (Koramangala). This is also an opportunity for their clients to express the fitness that they develop in the gym.


Open from: 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Location: Cunningham Road

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SOTF : Survival of the Fittest – Mixed workouts designed for functionality and performance.
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SOTF -Survival Of The Fittest, is designed for people for whom conventional gyms haven't worked out. It includes personal classes as well as group classes. SOTF workouts are a mix of strength training (free hand and weights), flexibility (yoga), endurance, kick boxing and basic self-defence. Their workouts are focussed towards functionality and performance as opposed to just aesthetics. They also have a physiotherapist to advise clients with medical issues. What we also love about SOTF is that they provide delicious post-workout meals too. How great is that?


Open from: 5 AM – 7PM

Location: Indirangar, Richmond town and Lavelle Road

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Fit Mermaids – Get fit with water aerobics.
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Pooja Arora loves to workout and motivate people to get fit. After discovering that she is osteoarthritic she was advised to do water aerobics. She instantly fell in love with it and decided to start coaching people in India. Certified aqua teacher under FIASF Singapore, Pooja started Fit Mermaids in Bangalore.Water based workouts that are safe yet effective. High intensity interval training in water which involves short bursts of high intense exercise followed by rest phase. Since the entire workout is done in water the joints are safe yet due to the greater resistance of water these workouts are very effective and challenging.


Open from: Weekdays 7:30 AM and 8:30 PM

Location: Whitefield

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XLR8 – Break a sweat with indoor sports!
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Picking up a sport with a bunch of friends can be a good form of exercise and of course a whole lotta of fun. As long as you're breaking a sweat and getting a good workout during your games, they can absolutely take the place of designated gym sessions a few days per week. XLR8 in Bangalore is an indoor sports arena with many facilities such as Indoor Courts for cricket, soccer, basketball and hockey. XLR8 merges the frenzied appeal of outdoor sports with the pace, exhilaration, and flexibility of an indoor format. And in doing so, opens the flood-gates of health, fitness and entertainment aspirations to people of all ages, regardless of gender or skill levels.


Open from: 9:30 AM- 10:00 PM

Location: Hennur Bagalur Main road

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Indian Combat Sports Academy – Mixed Martial Arts to unleash the fighter in you.
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Knowing how to fight is essential. Martial arts are sports, like any other, with rules, regulations, restraint and discipline. If you’re looking for a place to help unleash the fighter in you head down to Indian Combat Sports Academy in Bannerghatta, Bangalore. Established in 2011 ICSA is the first Mixed Martial Arts gym in South India and currently the biggest fight team in south India and the most successful one in cage and ring fighting. Apart from mixed martial arts you can also learn kick boxing, Brazilian juijitsu, wrestling and self defence.


Open from: Mon-Friday : 7 AM-9 AM and 7 PM-9 PM , Sat: 11 AM-1 PM

Location: Bannerghatta Main Road

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A1000Yoga – Perfect for meditation and fitness.
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Yoga training can be of enormous benefit to anyone pursuing a fitness regime. Yoga tones and strengthens your body uniformly, unlike some fitness training regimens that can lead to over development of particular muscle groups. Yoga exercises, meditation and postures also improve your balance, strength and overall flexibility, making you more capable of pursuing a weight-loss regimen. If you’re planning to make yoga a part of your life or want to continue to practice yoga try A1000Yoga they have various types of yoga you can choose from like power yoga, hata yoga, therapeutic yoga and so on. Their vision is to personalise yoga to each individuals needs and bring back yoga to assist personal growth, wellness and fulfilment in lives.


Open from: 6am-8pm

Location: Indiranagar, Koramnagala, Whitefield and JP Nagar

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Which of these workouts places would you want to try out? Tell us in the comments!

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Trishala Ashok
Trishala Ashok is an entrepreneur and an award winning jewelery designer from Bangalore. After she graduated with a Bachelors in Media studies from Jain University, she went to Gemological Institute of America, California, USA to get a diploma in Jewelery Design and Technology. She started her brand "WANSH" shortly after graduating from GIA. Apart ...   Read more
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