This winter has brought us full dams, but also many icy days. With the cold weather barely easing up, it’s easy to lose motivation to hit the gym when snuggling in bed is the more tempting offer. If you’re finding yourself dreading your regular routine, Cape Town offers numerous fitness alternatives that will still warm you up and keep you active as you survive the last days of winter and get ready for spring. If you are curious to try dancing, pole-dancing, surfing or rock climbing, this list is just for you!
Indoor climbing is a fun and safe way to stay active during winter without having to brave the Cape Town weather. CityROCK offers you a way to be challenged mentally and physically, whilst meeting like-minded people in their gym’s vibrant atmosphere.
Their climbing gym includes a large bouldering area with more than 140 boulder problems to climb – bouldering is climbing three to four metres high without a rope. They also have high walls for roped climbing with over 200 routes to choose from catering for all levels. They cater to various climbers, including kids, first-time climbers as well as experienced outdoor climbers.
Their coffee shop allows you to make a day out of your first trip to CityROCK. It is the perfect place to use their free wifi to document your climbing whilst you give your tired arms and hands a moment to rest.
If you find yourself hooked after discovering indoor climbing, CityROCK is also the home of the finest specialist outdoor gear shop in the country, which boasts a wonderful online store that can be found at mountainmailorder. However, if you are not in a position to invest in a climbing kit, they also rent out selected gear for any outdoor climbing expeditions you are curious to try.
CityROCK caters for children’s birthday parties as well as corporate events. They have a well-established yoga studio and offer various climbing training courses. No children under the age of five are allowed to climb at CityROCK.
Where: 9 Milner St, Unit 5 Table Bay Industrial Park, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town
Pole Dancing has taken the world by storm and is fast overtaking conventional gyming in popularity among both men and women, due to its dynamic, social energy and vibrant culture. It offers a unique combination of cardio fitness, strength training, muscle building, stretching, music, dance and exhibitionism.
If you are worried about your weight or feel that you are too old, know that Pole Dance Cape Town caters for all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Their main focus is self-confidence, fitness training, weight loss and strength training. You will develop endurance, muscle tone and flexibility, whilst improving your self-esteem and body image.
Their safe, secure and supportive environment allows even the most timid and shy dances to walk out of class feeling strong and sexy!
If you are interested in pole dancing, they offer an intro class. This class gives you an introduction to the pole world and give you a chance to come and see what their studio is like. Their intro class happens on Saturdays at 11am and costs R120. Booking is essential.
Pole Dance Cape Town is hosting their Annual showcase happening on 14 and 15 September. It is a show put together by their students who do duets or group numbers to match the theme of the year.
They also host hen parties, birthday parties and ladies nights. Contact them for more information regarding these as well as their annual showcase.
Where: Graphic Centre, Shop 2A, 199 Loop St, Cape Town
DanceCraft Studio welcomes both new and experienced dancers to hone their craft, improve their fitness or just have fun. Whether you are interested in learning to dance for your wedding, doing exams, dancing as a hobby, competing or getting fit, DanceCraft provides a convenient, vibrant and friendly environment in which you can achieve your goals.
They currently offer dance classes in Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Ballroom, Sokkie and Latin dancing. DanceCraft also hosts social dance classes for couples on Thursday evenings. If your goals revolve solely around getting in shape, they also offer Pilates classes as well as fitness classes.
For those of you looking to improve your dancing for your wedding, DanceCraft will take you step-by-step through the exciting and romantic experience of learning your wedding dance. These classes are private and held in one of DanceCrafts three spacious halls. Their priority is that you are confident and relaxed when you step onto the floor for your first dance.
If you require private lessons, these can be booked between 1pm to 10pm, Mondays to Fridays.
Where: 6 Pioneer St, Bellville
Xpression on the Beach is a community of like-minded people, passionate about surfing and our ocean. They offer surfboard and SUP rentals and lessons as well as their Penguin SUP Paddle Experience.
Surfing and SUPing combines time in nature with a full-body workout. Xpression’s trained professionals offer individual or group lessons at Muizenberg beach, Seaforth and Boulders Beach. Whether you are a total beginner or consider yourself pretty good at surfing or SUPing, Xpression gives you the opportunity to improve. After your time in the ocean, Xpression also has outstanding facilities and showers for you to make use of, before indulging in a great cup of coffee and bagel or a healthy wrap and smoothie.
Their Penguin SUP Paddle Experience in a fun, active day out. To and from Ark Rock, just off the Simonstown coast, you will be able to see seabirds, fish and other marine life in their natural habitat. However, do not mistake this for a leisurely tour – you will certainly go home with salty hair and stiff muscles!
Xpression on the Beach hosts birthday parties, corporate events and team building. For more information, visit their website.
Where: 10 Empire Building, Beach Rd, Muizenberg
Viv Pullin started as a student dance teacher at the age of 16 and after living overseas, returned to Cape Town and reopened the Viv Pullin School of Dance in 1982. Jen Stretch joined the Viv Pullin School of Dance in 1990 and quickly became Viv’s right-hand lady. As one of the best costume designers in Cape Town and a wonderful dance teacher, Jen runs the Rondebosch branch of The Dance Co.
The Dance Co. offers lessons in various forms of dance, including modern/jazz dance, creative dance, musical theatre, contemporary, hip hop and dance fitness. Their Dansfit class is a popular feature and is certainly not only for dancers. It is inspired by dance and gives all the benefits of dance, including exercise, strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility and improved posture. Dansfit takes place three mornings per week.
The Dance Co. believes that everybody is capable of dance. Therefore, they cater to all students between the ages of 4 and 60 years old. For more information regarding their studio schedule, visit their website.
Where: 19 Ajax Way, Pinelands | Golden Grove Primary, Rondebosch
Dance4Fitness is a private dance studio that finds purpose in assisting women to discover outer health and inner well-being. They offer classes in pole dancing, hip hop dancing, Middle Eastern dancing as well as pilates.
For those beginning their pole dancing journey, Dance4Fitness offers a six-week Pole Technique Course, which caters for all ages and fitness levels. After six-weeks, you will know basic spins, poses and tricks. You will also be well on your way to a stronger, more toned body.
If weight loss is your goal, their Trim ‘n Tone Club is an inspiring, supportive space that guarantees sustainable, safe and rapid weight loss. Members receive advice from a registered dietician and will be guided in choosing a fitness class that best suits their lifestyle.
At Dance4Fitness, they believe that dance is a great way to combat stress and to express yourself creatively. Whether you are looking to learn how to interpret your unique expression through movement or shake it like Shakira, Dance4Fitness will assist you to do that. It’s all about moving your body and feeling good while doing it!
Where: 36 Franklin Road, Claremont