6 Oddball Ways to Shape Up in WNY

City Guide, Lifestyle


Written by Kimberly Snickles

Published on May 9, 2014



Tired of waiting for the minutes to pass on the treadmill? Sick of feeling like your workout is going nowhere fast? Yes, we all know that exercising is not the most fun activity in the world, but who says it can’t be? There are plenty of awesome places to get your workout – IN WNY, and the best part is, you won’t even know you are!


Bike Or Bar

If the name doesn’t make you want to check out what this exercise facility has to offer, I don’t know what will. Located on Elmwood Avenue, Bike Or Bar is Buffalo’s first indoor cycling studio! The facility provides spinning, water rowing, Barre, Yoga, personal training and more. Spinning classes offer a great way to exercise while losing pounds fast! And, who doesn’t like to exercise while sitting down? You will feel the burn pretty fast as you try to race to the finish line in the cool air conditioning. Bike Or Bar also has a state-of-the-art sound system, so you can jam out to the latest hits while getting fit! Your first class is only $5 and you can register for classes online, so make sure to try this awesome place out! After all, the only thing you have to lose is a few pounds!

904 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo  |  716-432-3214  |


Sky Zone

What better way to exercise than on a huge indoor trampoline? Sky Zone in Cheektowaga offers an outrageously fun place to enjoy getting a workout while bouncing up and down! Their original ‘SkyPerformance Fitness’ is offered 7-days a week and includes strength building aerobics, advanced calisthenics, and core exercises. It’s so much fun that you won’t even realize you are exercising. The first class is available at only $7.50, so there’s no excuse not to try it out! Sky Zone also offers dodgeball for those daring folks ages 16 and up. Ultimate Dodgeball Night is held every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Registration is $10 per player for two hours and spots are limited, so make sure you call ahead. You won’t regret it! Must wear special socks, available at Sky Zone for $2.

425 Cayuga Road, Cheektowaga  |  716-206-3399  |


Barre Centric 

Want a tight, fit, and tone body without the hassle? Well, welcome to the barre workout. Barre fitness offers muscle-building techniques set to upbeat music while holding onto a bar. No, it’s not ballet and no, you don’t need to have prior dance experience to take the class. Just simply follow the lead of your instructor and watch your body change in glorious ways! This workout is especially great for the bride to be! All ladies want to look their best to fit perfectly into their gown and Barre classes will allow you to do just that!

8075 Main Street, Clarence  |  716-276-8349  |


Zumba with Cindy and Marisa 

Love to dance, but feel like you don’t have any rhythm? Well have no fear, Zumba instructors Cindy and Marisa are here! This mother-daughter duo has perfected the art of exercising and having a good time. And, they have quite the following. Men and women travel near and far to Zumba to the latest beats with their favorite instructors. If you don’t know how to dance, no worries, most people don’t. Zumba is all about having a fabulous workout and the moves are designed to be simple and fun!  Cindy and Marisa’s Zumba classes are held at World’s Gym in Cheektowaga every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. They also teach at Crunch Fitness on Tuesday’s at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and ZUMBA!!!

World’s Gym  |  540 Dick Road, Depew  |  716-681-7535

Crunch Fitness |  3366 Sheridan Drive, Amherst  |  716-836-3200  |  FACEBOOK


Bikram Yoga Williamsville 

While Yoga doesn’t include an intense cardio workout, it does offer an excellent release of stress, a definite necessity to our every day health. While you use flexibility and breathing techniques in a heated room, you will immediately feel the world lifted off of your shoulders. It’s the perfect workout for those dealing with work issues, relationship problems, and anything else that may be weighing on your mind. Bikram Yoga features a 5,000 square foot studio and two showers to rinse off in. If you haven’t tried Yoga before this is certainly a first-class way to jumpstart your way to feeling great! 

5459 Main Street 2nd Floor, Williamsville  |  716-634-9642  |


Aqua Zumba

You can’t go wrong with exercising in a pool; it’s wet, cool, and fun! Unfortunately, living in Buffalo, we only have this option a few months out of the year. But, that’s exactly where the Aquatic and Fitness Center comes in. This beautiful indoor aquatic facility provides exercise classes and programs year-round for pool lovers, young and old. While the center offers various classes, one of the most interesting and exciting ones is Aqua Zumba, which is held every Wednesday from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Aqua Zumba has the same concept as regular Zumba, but its all done in the water. It’s basically a group dance in the pool and it’s such a riot! Just channel your inner Beyonce and the pool floor is yours!

Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Tonawanda  |  716-876-7424  |



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