Satisfying workouts for an alternative date

Why wrestle with crowds when you want to wrestle with your special someone instead?

Christie Melhorn 

The Gauntlet

Regardless of how long you’ve dated someone, you can always add extra flavour to your time spent together. On Valentine’s Day, avoid restaurants and movie theatres overflowing with awkward teenagers and jaded couples. Instead, challenge yourself and boost the sexual tension by shifting your date to a fitness class. Take advantage of Calgary’s many sleek fitness studios for a great back-to-back workout in class and between the sheets — if you make it home.

Hot yoga:

The dim lighting, sweat rolling over minimally clothed skin and array of poses characteristic of hot yoga is overwhelmingly sensuous. The soothing atmosphere and deep exhales released around the room encourages you to be present and comfortable in your body, which can translate into some incredible and intimate sex. Developing your flexibility could also inspire some new moves to try or improve the ones you use regularly.

Try the Yoga Lounge (331 Queen St. East), just a little northeast of St. James campus. With a valid George Brown ID, you can get the student rate of $17.  

Boxing:

Striking a bag while rhythmically working your feet teaches you to channel aggression without being clumsy — sparing you some embarrassing bedroom blunders when things get heated, although those can make for great stories.

Check out a class at the United Boxing Club (1034 Bloor St. West) nearish to Casa Loma campus. It’s $20 for a single class, but it’s worth it to practice the sweet science with your sweetie.

Dance:

Learning choreography and coordinating with music roots you in the moment and demands vulnerability. Sharing the experience of it with someone else is an incredible bonding opportunity and builds trust — a valuable part of a healthy sexual relationship. The style you try can heavily determine the tone of your date. Afrocentric and Latin styles of dance beautifully embrace sexuality and the capabilities of the body. Classical styles like ballet might feel a bit rigid — but the restraint and control can make it fun.

For those wanting to tap into ballet, why not check out a beginners class at the National Ballet of Canada (470 Queens Quay West). They have a student rate ($14) and it will add some prestige to your sexy evening.

With files from Chau Nguyen.    

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Satisfying workouts for an alternative date