5 Exercises you’ve never done that will undoubtedly kick your trash
We’re almost halfway through 2017 (wuttt???) and that New Year’s fitness resolution is far in the rearview mirror. And it’s times like these that even the freshest of people struggle to find something that will keep them excited about their workout. If you’re getting sick of your gym routine (or, more likely, your gym routine consists of sitting on your couch binge watching Netflix), worry no more, we’ve got some ideas that’ll get you off that sofa and back into your Nike’s again. So buckle up, apply your anti-perspirant, and put away those Cheetos because we’re about to open your mind to workouts that you’re really missing out on.
Aerial Silks and Hoops
No longer just for circus performers and Olympic gymnasts, aerial silks and hoops will work your upper body and core strength better than 1,000,000 bosu balls and bench presses. Aerial fitness comes with enormous health benefits by taking stress off the skeleton while simultaneously improving muscular strength. Decompress your spine, improve lower body stability, strengthen your core and upper body, and improve your overall flexibility while getting a fun, relaxing workout. No Netflix required. If it’s time to take your workout to new heights (pun very much intended), this is a great option. With the help of highly experienced instructors, getting started with aerial fitness is fun and easy for any fitness level at Aerobatics Gym and Cirque Asylum on Freeplay.
As seen as on TV, Ninja Warrior is basically a huge playground for adults. Remember the thrill of climbing the monkey bars and running up walls at recess back in 4th grade? Some fitness genius recreated that for adults, and it will rock your world. Jump over platforms, navigate swinging bags, hop from pole to pole, wall to wall, and end with an overhead arm walk across a rope net. Sound crazy hard? Yeah, it is. Sound amazingly fun? It’s that too. Your upper body strength will be put to the test as the course comes with a guaranteed 1-lb weight loss every time through and a half-inch gain on your bicep circumference (I’m pretty sure I read that somewhere). If you’ve got the itch to take the challenge, you can find your scratch at Lowes Xtreme Air Sports where you can time yourself on the course, practice gymnastics, rock climbing, parkour, and pwn some noobs in the dodgeball arena.
Only a few years old and originating in Utah, High Fitness is making huge leaps across the entire US with it’s high-intensity, fast-paced, and super fun fitness choreography. It’s difficult to describe, but if you want to look and feel like a bad-A who’s gone borderline gonzo, you’re probably perfect for it. Think Zumba, combined with aerobics, combined with your victory shower dance and you’re probably getting close. One thing we know for sure… it is FUN. Super easy to pick up, and one of the most intense workouts we’ve ever done, High Fitness is not for the faint of heart nor curmudgeon-y in spirit. Come to a High Fitness class and be ready to leave out of breath with a smile on your face. Take a video of you doing it and post it to Twitter for a guaranteed plethora of new followers.
Muay Thai Kickboxing
You haven’t experienced true stress therapy until you’ve mastered the superman-punch roundhouse-kick combo in American Flag hammer pants. We were intimidated to try it out, but we quickly fell in love when we strapped on the gloves and shin guards and went to town on a bag. The kicking works your core and glutes, and not too far in your shoulders start feeling the burn from the punching combinations. But what surprised us most was how good we felt after our first class. The stress-reducing benefits of boxing and kickboxing are scientifically proven, and our world-domination complex levels were off the charts afterwards. We now rehearse our jab-cross-hook-uppercut combo before every board meeting.
Defying gravity is the greatest resistance training out there. Literally. You use 3x more calories climbing vertically than you do jogging. That means you could run a 10K or rock climb for 15 minutes and burn the same amount of calories. Rock climbing requires a tremendous amount of sustained muscular strength that makes it one of the greatest exercises out there. And in case you were wondering, it’s a lot of fun. Let’s be honest, most of us have attempted to scale trees, or rocks, or fences, but we tend to overlook the fact that it’s actually a great workout. Go to a climbing gym, find the regulars, and you’ll quickly catch yourself envying their lean muscle and athletic build.
Got something else you love doing that’s a little out of the ordinary? Let us know! Leave a comment below and follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay in touch. Also, if you haven’t tried out Freeplay yet, you’re missing out. We think fitness was meant to be fun, so if you’re into that kind of thing (you know, fun), then we promise you’ll love it. All the above and much more with a single membership.