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by Toni Megan (subscribe)
I'm a beginning writer with a Brisbane Bucket-list and a desire to see it all and report back.
Published March 10th 2016
Ditch the gym for fitness and fun
Getting in shape can be a daunting process, often made worse by the repetitive routine that all gyms seem to have on offer. Since ditching my boring, old membership I have been getting my exercise in the great outdoors. I have also been utilising some of the best playgrounds around to build my abs, three of which I have reviewed below.

Planet Commando
Planet Commando opened up recently in Yatala, a short drive south of our big city and is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable places to grow muscles and gain strength. Inside this massive warehouse, participants can find a series of rock climbing walls, high ropes courses and other fabulous obstacles.

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Get your exercise vertically and horizontally.

By the end of our time at Planet Command our biceps were bulging. I suppose that is always going to happen if you spent that long lifting your own body weight around. What's more is that we spent almost three hours there and not once did I feel bored. Three hours at a gym would put me to sleep, but three hours at Planet Commando was absolutely perfect.

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Climb your way to fitness.

See my full review of Planet Commando here.

Bli Bli Water Park
This fabulous water park is basically a gigantic floating playground. It would be impossible not to have fun on running, jumping, swimming and sliding around for the allocated hour. As any normal 25 year olds would, we ran straight over to the giant slide, and after enjoying this little luxury we spent our time racing one another up, over and around the obstacle course. At the end we even jumped aboard what looked like a gigantic ball and wiggled, wobbled and wrestled until someone fell in the water.

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A floating obstacle course is the best way to get fit.

I must admit, that when we first arrived I was a little bummed at the staff's desire to get me in a life jacket before hitting the water. But I can tell you that after 15minutes of climbing up rock wall-like structures, swinging my way across the water via rope swings and bouncing on the floating trampolines, I was very glad to be wearing my flotation device. What it meant was that when I fell in the water (which was regularly) I could just float there until I got my breath back, instead of falling about exhausted. This exhaustion however only proves that the water park is not only great for helping you feel like a kid again, but is definitely a great form of exercise.

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Who can get fit first? Race your friends around the track.

See my full review of Bli Bli Water Park here.

Indoor Trampoline Parks
Trampoline Parks are popping up all over the country so to get your exercise on you can go to;
Bounce in Tingalpa
SkyZone in Macgregor
Spring-loaded in Ipswich
Xtreme Trampoline Centre in Meadowbrook

I have personally been to three of the above four and loved every single minute. I have enjoyed free style jumping, perfecting my forward flip and pegging (soft) balls at my friends and family. I know now why my gym instructor would always make me skip, because jumping is absolutely exhausting and an hour is all you need on the tramps to feel that fabulous burn in your thighs to suggest that you are undertaking one of the best workouts ever.

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Bounce your way to good health.

These brilliant little fat-burning venues often hold their own exercise classes for those who want to up their workout. I've done a class at Bounce before, and it was a lot of exhausting fun.

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Try a bouncy fitness class to push yourself even further.

See my review of Skyzone and Bounce here.
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Why? To get fit in unconventional ways
When: Whenever you feel like getting your sweat on.
Where: Yatala, Bli Bli, Tingalpa, Macgregor, Ipswich, Meadowbrook.
Cost: From $12
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