Alternative Ways and Places to Exercise in the Triangle

5 businesses in Raleigh, Durham and Morrisville can change up your fitness routine

Getting healthy and fit often conjures images of boring and redundant exercises in a gym. However, while you’re visiting the Triangle, the process of shredding calories can actually be enjoyable. Here are five places to trim those pesky pounds while in the area that aren’t like your traditional gym.


At Woofinwaggle in Raleigh, not only can you bring a friend to exercise, but you can also invite man’s best friend.
At Woofinwaggle in Raleigh, not only can you bring a friend to exercise, but you can also invite man’s best friend. (Courtesy Woofinwaggle)

Woofinwaggle

Having a friend sweating it out alongside you is statistically proven to increase the probability that you will continue to work out. At Woofinwaggle in Raleigh not only can you bring a friend, but you can also invite man’s best friend. This multifunctional facility offers fitness classes designed to get you and your furry companion up and moving. Intended to benefit those at any fitness level, Woofinwaggle’s curriculum encompasses cardio, weight training and stretching exercises for you and your pooch. After completing your workout, take advantage of Woofinwaggle’s self dog-washing facility. 8471 Garvey Drive, #115, Raleigh. 919.249.9663.


Cargo nets, salmon ladders, the infamous warped wall and more are all housed inside of the Warrior Tech OCR facility.
Cargo nets, salmon ladders, the infamous warped wall and more are all housed inside of the Warrior Tech OCR facility. (Courtesy Warrior Tech OCR)

Warrior Tech OCR

From Ninja Warrior to Tough Mudders and Spartan races, obstacle courses have attracted flocks of individuals wanting to attempt these athletic puzzles. Opening its doors in Morrisville in early 2017, Warrior Tech OCR—obstacle course readiness, or OCR for short—is the triangle’s first obstacle course training center. Cargo nets, salmon ladders, the infamous warped wall and more are all housed inside of the Warrior Tech OCR facility. The training center offers adult fitness classes that blend the cardio of a fitness routine and the athletic challenge of a obstacle course, in addition to workshops and specialized ninja training session for those who wish to conquer that next course race, like Warrior Dash. 220 Dominion Drive, Suite G, Morrisville. 919-230-1992.


The Raleigh and Durham DefyGravity facilities both house wall-to-wall trampolines for your leaping pleasures.
The Raleigh and Durham DefyGravity facilities both house wall-to-wall trampolines for your leaping pleasures. (Courtesy DefyGravity)

DefyGravity’s GravityFit

Empowering patrons with the ability to fly since opening in 2014, DefyGravity offers a 20,000-square-foot facility in Raleigh and a 13,000-square-foot facility in Durham that both house wall-to-wall trampolines for your leaping pleasures. Trampoline parks aren’t just used for fun. By combining an aerobic workout with a trampoline, DefyGravity’s GravityFit exercise program can burn up to 1,000 calories. These instructor-led classes work the body by utilizing techniques involving rebounding—a term used for bouncing on a trampoline—to provide a workout that some fitness experts view as more effective than running. 5604 Departure Drive, Raleigh. 919.948.6700. 4300 Emperor Blvd., #250, Durham. 919.825.1010.


Triangle Rock Club's facilities in North Raleigh and Morrisville offer 13,000 and 27,000 square feet of climbing walls, respectively.
Triangle Rock Club's facilities in North Raleigh and Morrisville offer 13,000 and 27,000 square feet of climbing walls, respectively. (Courtesy Triangle Rock Club)

Triangle Rock Club

While you can’t climb sprawling mountains unless you travel west of the Triangle, Triangle Rock Club’s facilities in North Raleigh and Morrisville offer 13,000 and 27,000 square feet of climbing walls, respectively, for both the curious novice and experienced alpinist. En route to reaching the top of either location’s climbing walls, you’ll navigate hundreds of climbing puzzles. Along with its massive space for climbing, Triangle Rock Club also offers a long list of fitness classes, including yoga. 6022 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh. 919.803.5534. 102 Pheasant Wood Court, Morrisville. 919.463.7625.


Raleigh Brewing Company host Pints and Poses, an instructor-led yoga session right in the middle of the brewery’s taproom.
Raleigh Brewing Company host Pints and Poses, an instructor-led yoga session right in the middle of the brewery’s taproom. (©Studio2Sim/Shutterstock)

Brewery Workouts

Though beer might seem to be counterproductive in your pursuit of achieving greater health and fitness, marrying a cold, frosty brew with a hot, sweaty workout offers benefits to your fitness and thirst. Raleigh Brewing Company host Pints and Poses, an instructor-led yoga session right in the middle of the brewery’s taproom. After contorting your body, recover with some of the brewery’s popular brews. Big Boss Brewing Company has hosted one of the biggest run clubs in the Triangle since 2011. The club consists of runners of all skill levels who gather at the brewery for socialization, a beer and a food truck dinner after running one of four different running routes that vary between 3.1, four, five and six miles. Raleigh Brewing Company, 3709 Neil St., Raleigh. 919.400.9086. Big Boss Brewing Company, 1249-A Wicker Drive, Raleigh. 919.834.0045.

Elliot Acosta is a Raleigh-based food blogger and creator of the eatRaleigh Blog, where he explores the culture, history, passion and people of the Oak City and surrounding areas.