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Staying active indoors in Madison, WI


Your arms + legs will be burning after a climb. | Photo by @bouldersgym

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Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to move more this year? Or maybe a New Year’s intention?

Either way, we know the hardest part can be deciding what kind of movement actually makes you want to lace up those sneakers — or maybe even take them off.

Indoor workouts can be a necessary evil — especially if you don’t want to brave some of the sub-zero temps we’ve had lately. Luckily, we’re here to spot you: break up your indoor exercise routine with these activities that bring the outdoors in.

For those wanting to reach new heights

Maybe you’re used to soloing Devil’s Lake or Governor Dodge. Boulders Climbing Gym has 8,000 sqft of climbing walls + bouldering at both of their locations, plus gear rentals and training. And if you need a little more, its training room with weights comes free with a membership or day pass.

If you’re more the run fast + jump high type of athlete, may we introduce you to Orthdx Natural Fitness, a group training facility that turns training into an adventure. Fuel your body with movement through an obstacle course, yoga studio, Iron Pagoda training, and more at its 12,000 sqft space.

For those looking to let off some steam

Let’s be real: when you’re stuck indoors, even the little things can have you on a short fuse. I.e., sometimes you just want to huck iron. FlannelJax’s and Happy Axe Throwing give you a fun (+ safe) way to let out your inner viking. Plus, FlannelJax’s has games for those with a competitive edge.

If you’re looking to work on your hand-eye coordination, look no further than boxing. The Blast teaches Muay Thai techniques, bag and pad works, as well as self-defense. Or try your hand at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a strength-building workout at Fight Prime.

For those looking to groove

If you’ve got a song in your heart, don’t let the weather slow you down. Barrio Dance Studio + Dance Life Studio offer all sorts of dance classes, some geared toward exercise and some just to cut footloose. Check out Barrio for contemporary, jazz, Latin, and heels classes + Dance Life for belly dance, burlesque, ballet + cardio dance classes both in-person and online.

For those training for Madison’s next triathlon

If you’re looking for indoor conditioning for your next big race, Indoorance is the place to be. With endless pools, underwater treadmills, sealed altitude rooms + various other specialized equipment, you’ll have ample coaches to help you work on proper technique.

For those who want a more traditional workout

We say traditional, but there’s nothing basic about The Fit’s classes. The husband-and-wife team developed their own “Formula Fit” class — combining the benefits of cycling, strength, and yoga all into one. Think perfect for the professional or parent on the go.

Thinking about the shoes-off option? Pull out your old yoga mat and warm up at Inner Fire Yoga. With two locations, yogis can flow in person or virtually + new members can try out the first month for $45. Looking to add a little bit of spice to your routine? Dragonfly Hot Yoga’s four locations have got you covered with cardio barre, power flow, yin, and power up classes. Try out its in-person and virtual classes for $40 for the first month.


Get your zen + sweat on | Photo by @innerfireyoga

If you’re looking for outside activities, we’ve got you covered with places to ski, sled + snowshoe. Godspeed.

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