For some, living in Maine in the winter often means outdoor activities in the cold and snow. The weather isn’t really participating in these activities and Shannon Bryan from fitmaine.com has the solution to your concerns.
Here are some indoor activities happening around the state. You always wanted to try the trapeze?
Hula Hoop Fitness
9:35 a.m. Tuesdays. Quest Fitness, Kennebunk. $20 day pass.
In additional to spells of hooping, which might include a few turns around the room or squats while hooping or turning around while hooping, the class includes flexibility and strength components, too. You’ll use free weights to challenge your biceps and triceps and do some core work, too.
6-7:30 p.m. Mondays. The Silver Spur, Mechanic Falls. $5.
DeeDee Allen, who also owns The Silver Spur, teaches line dancing classes in the dance hall on Monday nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 and new dances are taught every week (so you can keep coming back to build up your repertoire). The lessons are open to all levels.
Aerials: Trapeze, silks, aerial hoop
6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Breakwater School, Portland. $20 drop-in.
For anyone who’s ever watched performers gracefully climb and swing and dangle and dance on an aerial hoop or silks and thought, “holy wow, that looks amazing, I want to do it but I could never…” I say: Yes. You can. There are all kinds of apparatus hanging from the ceiling – silks, trapeze, a lyra (aka an aerial hoop) and ropes with harnesses.
Circus Maine also offers classes for youth and adults in aerials, hand balancing, tumbling and more. Their spring session will be opening up soon.
Glow Zumba & Pound
3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Blue Wave Dancing, Waterville. $5.
Black lights and glow-in-the-dark paint turn this fitness class into a glow party. It’s 30 mins of Zumba and 30 mins of Pound Fitness. Get there early to put on some glow paint and accessories, wear your neon, and get ready to dance and sweat. All fitness levels welcome.
The Fitness Factory, 512 Warren Ave., Portland. “Total Trampoline” (5:15-6 a.m. and 9-10 a.m. Mondays) and “Trampoline & Tone” (5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and 10-11 a.m. Saturdays). $7 drop-in.
While the first minute or two of bouncing feels like pure childhood joy, you’ll quickly discover that your endurance for the trampoline arts isn’t what it used to be. Giana offers modifications for most of the exercises, so you can work out to your level, but your heart rate will be up and sweating will happen.
Obstacle Course Fitness
6-7 p.m. Thursdays. 865 Spring St, Westbrook. $20 drop-in ($10 if it’s your first time).
Maine Warrior Gym in Westbrook offers classes that train students on many of the obstacles you might have seen on American Ninja Warrior (salmon ladder, warped wall, monkey bars, rope climb, quad steps). Classes include Beginner Ninja Fitness, Intro to Obstacle Fitness, Parkour, Tae Kwon Do, Ninjitsu, and personal training. You can also hit an open gym and try things out on your own. Also, check out The Axe Pit, where you can learn how to throw an ax.