Top Five Fun Ways To Stay in Shape for Summer


By Rebecca Melley
Looking for ways to stay beach body ready through out the summer? has a list of challenging, unconventional, and creative ways to stay fit. We checked out everything from pole dancing to boxing. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new to stay active and look your best!
1. Pole dancing classes- Make it a Girls Night Out!
This unconventional form of fitness will get you out your comfort zone and get you in fantastic shape. Most studios require a prerequisite beginner’s class! Check out these great studios and get started.
The Girl Spot
$25 for beginner’s class
25 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull, CT
*also offers chair dancing and hula hooping classes
Pole Control Studios
$29.99 for introduction course
75 Pratt Street, Hartford, CT
*also offers private lessons
Work it Dance and Fitness
$25 Intro to Pole class
19 North Main Street Norwalk, CT
*also offer burlesque classes
2. Walk it off – Get in shape from some good old fashioned walking
Check out both these websites to find walking trails near you as well as family events! They include walk distance, difficulty, and price (most have no cost). Great for the whole family to get in shape!
3. Zumba – Latin Dance the Weight Off and Make it a Party!
This fitness program can burn anywhere 500 to 1000 calories a class. Zumba infuses Latin dance to create a fun high-energy work out. Classes usually range from $10-$15.
Bliss Dance and Wellness Center
991 South Main Street, Plantsville, CT
Fusion Fitness and Dance
33 North Main Street, Wallingford
Fiesta Danze and Fitness
321 Boston Post Road Milford, CT
4. Boot Camps-Bring on the Challenge!
These boot camps will push you to your limits, burn fat, and get you the results you desire!
Tuff Girl Fitness
Bodyolgy Fitness Studio
60 Connolly Parkway, Hamden, CT
*specializes in sculpting women’s bodies but also offers group classes for men and women
The Connecticut Fitness Boot Camp
Farmington Valley and West Hartford locations
Body Right Boot Camp
Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy
72 Comp Ave. Stamford, CT
5. Boxing and Kickboxing. Kick some Butt.
Get into shape by losing up to 1000 calories per session! Most places give you a trial class to check it out and include all the equipment you will need.
Bare Bones Boxing
826 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT
*Hour long classes, First 3 classes free
LA Boxing
30 Belden Ave. Norwalk, CT
CT Academy of Kickboxing
175 Triangle Street, Danbury, CT
*Also offers self -defense and Muay Thai Programs
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