January is here and the resolutions are hot – but where do you start if yours is to be more active and what do you do if you’re tired of going to the gym? Whether you feel overwhelmed or just need a change in pace, our advice is that you consider one of the many alternatives our city has to offer! From rock climbing to trampoline parks, here are 8 fun places to work out in Calgary that aren’t the gym!


Friends who climb together, stay together! At Calgary Climbing Centre, those looking to work up a sweat (and maybe conquer a fear of heights) are encouraged to hit on their many facilities in Calgary. It’s affordable, exciting and it’s rewarding!

Where: See locations above


Voted the city’s best indoor playground, Flying Squirrel is genuinely a ton of fun. Choose between 60-minute, 90-minute and 120-minute sessions and bounce from one obstacle, game and trampoline to the next. You’re going to have a blast.

Where: 572 Aero Dr. NE #105, Calgary
Instagram: @flyingsquirrelcalgary


Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, choreographers and Calgary’s Universesoul Dance are there to help you find your rhythm – and work up a sweat. The best part? Drop-in classes are only $18!

Where: Bay 13, 3300 14th Avenue NE, Calgary
Instagram: @universesouldance

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New to Calgary – Activate uses screens, colours and lasers to get you up and moving.  Check out their new facility and play games, challenge your friends, score points and live out every ‘Mission Impossible,” dream you’ve ever had. There’s really nothing like it!

Where: 46-13226 MacLeod Trail SE
Instagram: @ActivateCanada


Ever want to join the circus? At Aradia Fitness, learn to swing fly and soar just like they do in Cirque du Soleil – but don’t expect to be a pro right off the bat. These classes are challenging!

Where:  #106A-9705 Horton Rd SW, Calgary
Instagram: @aradiafitnesscalgary


Shake, rattle and roll the last year off your back at Breathe Parkour Park, an obstacle course and personal training facility. Here you’ll learn the art of parkour, push yourself to the limit and maybe make friends along the way. Fun, right?

Where: #8, 401 33 St NE, Calgary
Instagram: @BreatheParkour



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Feeling spicy? Widely regarded as an incredible upper body workout, Pole is fun, focused and super rewarding if you’re willing to stick with it. Check it out and find your inner strength!

Where: 2629 – 17 Ave SW Calgary
Instagram: @polejunkiesyyc


When we were kids, nothing compared to swinging across the monkey bars in the school playground. At Captivate, adults of every skill level can relearn to flip, fly and balance on beams, boxes and mats with the help of coaches and friends. Enjoy!

Where: see locations here
Instagram: @captivate.gymnastics.calgary

And there you have it! Eight fun places to work out in Calgary that aren’t the gym. Now get out there and enjoy, friends. It’s going to be a busy year.