Getting super-bored with your current workout routine? Variety is one of the keys to exercise, as it helps promote fat loss. Too much of the same type of workout, such as running, causes the metabolism to adjust in a not-so-great way, meaning less calories burned. So in addition to being important for health and fat loss reasons, variety means you’ll also be way less bored and way more motivated to work out. Why not try one of the stranger workout routines available these days? They certainly won’t bore you! Check out a few and see what you think:
Drum Fitness: You Get to Drum Stuff
This exercise class involves using drum sticks to pound various things, such as the floor, the air, and assorted medicine balls. A combination of rhythmic drumming and more traditional moves such as lunges and squats, it’s the perfect workout for those who want to sculpt their arms in addition to getting a full-body workout. Drum fitness is also helpful if you have issues with lower back/body pain, as you can opt for versions that involve more sitting.
Circus Workout: Core Work Minus the Clowns
Ever watched acrobats fly through the air at the circus and think what a great workout they’re getting? Now you too can join the circus…sort of. With one option endorsed by the animal-friendly Cirque du Solei (Jukari Fit to Fly), such workouts involve trapeze work, juggling and tumbling. All that flying through the air will sculpt your core like you won’t believe!
Karaoke Workout: Only For Those Who Love, Uh, Karaoke
Hop on a stationary bike and pedal away while you belt out the hits of…whatever your favorite decade is. If you love spinning and are a secret American Idol hopeful, then this class is for you. Sometimes the instructor sings, while other times only certain songs are available for participants, as working on your cardio is still the most important part of the class.
Surfboard Yoga: For Yogis Who Haven’t Caught a Wave
Learning to surf always involves dry land before going out into the deep blue sea. This workout combines “dry land surfing” with yoga–you stand on a board situated atop a destabilizing device, so you’ll feel like you’re riding a big wave while performing assorted yoga poses. If your sense of balance is already amazing due to years of yoga, you’ll undoubtedly find this workout all sorts of cool and challenging.
Punk Rock Workout: Ideal for the Headbangers of the World
If you don’t give a damn about your reputation, went to Rock ‘N Roll High School and loved wearing clothing featuring 500 safety pins, the punk rock workout is right up your grimy alley. Forget the radio-friendly hits that accompany most cardio workouts–this version is all about famous and not-as-famous punk bands. Meant to help people break free of their “fascist fitness regimens,” punk rock yoga is also available.
These are just some of the crazy-but-effective workouts to enjoy in today’s world! Try out a class or two, or make up your own wonderfully-weird workout! After all, as long as it makes you sweat, you’re good!
Have you tried one of these classes, or participated in another highly-unusual workout? Leave a comment and tell us about it!