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Work out at the museum: Melbourne Museum launches morning exercise series

Museum Moves
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The park area surrounding Melbourne Museum is no stranger to fit Melburnians running around the footpath, playing a round of tennis or having a game of basketball behind the museum. So it's not too much of a stretch to imagine what working out in the museum would be like, which is exactly what Melbourne Museum has announced with Museum Moves, a new series of morning exercise events developed with Phillip Adams BalletLab. 

These morning workouts are designed to suit all fitness levels, from beginners to the gym nuts, and combine yoga, dance and traditional exercise routines to respond to the museum environment. Classes run for an hour and BalletLab exercise instructor Jo Lloyd will take you through stretches under the towering dinosaurs, cardio under the shadow of a whale vertebrae and cool down in the lush Forest Gallery.





BalletLab Artistic director Phillip Adams said his team have "devised a creatively aerobic workout for the public to encounter the Melbourne Museum like no other.

"Art, history and exercise all rolled into a physical experience with some surprises along the way, from skipping rope to ballet barre to getting personal with the indoor rain forest. Together we have created a memorable way to work out against the backdrop of the Museum’s collection.”

Museum Moves starts bright and early at 7.30am (arrive 15 minutes earlier) and will wrap up with a healthy breakfast that you can take away if you need to rush to work. Sessions are $35 each and will run on July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27. Book online to work out with the dinosaurs. 

Bored of your workout routine? There are plenty of ways to get fit in the city for next to nothing. 

You can also dance in the museum! Read up on the Nocturnal party series.