FORGET the gym and yoga studio, the latest place to get your morning workout is at Melbourne Museum.

Museum Moves is an innovative exercise program which sees people doing stretches, sprints, push-ups and pliés among the exhibits.

Exercise instructor Jo Lloyd leads groups of up to 20 people through dance, yoga and traditional moves — all before the museum opens to the public.

Museums Victoria chief executive Lynley Marshall said the “original and energising” program was part of a strategy to maximise exciting and stimulating experiences at the iconic attraction, and to attract diverse groups of people.

Phillip Adams BalletLab developed the program, and artistic director Phillip Adams described it as a “creatively aerobic workout” with art, history and exercise rolled into one.

I was lucky enough to participate in a class this week — and was it a workout!

We warmed up by stretching in the shadows of the massive whale vertebrae.

We made moves in the Wild room with hundreds of stuffed animals seemingly watching on, which was slightly unnerving!

We did sprints of the museum’s corridors.

The railing in the Forest Gallery was used for barre ballet moves, and we cooled down among the trees as the sun came up.

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Exercise instructor Jo Lloyd. Picture: Melbourne Museum

The hour-long sessions are suitable for any fitness standard.

I’m not overly fit and I survived, and I had a smile on my face the whole time.

Breakfast is included and comes in a handy takeaway box in case you have to head off to work.

The sessions run this week, Tuesday to Thursday from 7.15am for a 7.30am start.

Details: 13 11 02.

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