Boost Your Fitness with These Ten Weird Workout Trends
Because sometimes you can't bear to run, Powerplate or Zumba a day longer.
April 08, 2013
Exercise should be fun. It is a great way to feel fit and fresh and make new friends along the way. Running on that treadmill can be repetitive though, and by now you are probably zoned out of Zumba. So we're all ears to new workout options and technologies that can rejuvenate our routines.
Thankfully, creative trainers all across the world have been hard at work creating the next big thing for you and your friends to throw yourselves into. These weird trends are taking over gyms, parks and post-workout coffee discussions everywhere.
Want the endless energy to conquer whatever heights a new workout takes you to? We recommend you get fitted in the latest Boost technology found in the Adidas adistar Boost, available in limited release from our friends at the Athlete's Foot.
Dance-inspired fitness classes show no sign of fatiguing any time soon, and Bokwa is the latest craze stepping out onto the floor. Bokwa is cardio with a culture, fusing conditioning with customary African dance to create a full body workout that will leave you craving more. The best part is you can be as uncoordinated as you like and still join in, with the steps all spelling out basic numbers, letters and words. So basically if you have read this far into the article, you can Bokwa.
Virtual Reality Cycling
Where: Athlete Lab, Sydney and Best Practice Personal Training, Brisbane
Virtual Reality cycling takes cyclists on a virtual vacation from inside their own gym. The class utilises a large projector or screen display to simulate scenery and environments from all across the world to crash through the cycling constraints of the four walls surrounding exercisers. Whether you are peddling the pavement in New York or assailing the Alps, you will find yourself working up a serious sweat whilst dodging cars without the danger.
TRX Suspension Training
Where: Fitness First centres across Australia or your own home
TRX Suspension Training is ready to get you navy-fit anywhere, anytime. All you need are suspension bands and your own body weight to perform a rewarding resistance workout that caters to all levels of fitness and gets you fit for whatever life throws your way. You do not even have to pay for a gym membership as the bands can be put up anywhere from your bedroom to the local park. Bingo!
Where: Across Australia
Yes, you read correctly. Quidditch is taking over the world as Harry Potter fans look to keep the magic going. There is no need to have read or seen any of the books or films to take part though, with all equipment, including your very own broomstick, supplied and rules very easy to pick up. Once you embrace looking silly alongside everyone else, you will probably end up having the best time you have ever had with a broomstick between your legs. So lace up those runners, mount up and seek that snitch.
Where: Anywhere outdoors
Street workouts provide you with the best opportunity to head outdoors for your exercise this winter. This workout emphasises the utilisation of public facilities and your surrounding environment. You could do activities such as pull-ups on the monkey bars, dips on the park bench and jumping over obstacles, parkour style. Plus, it is all for the price of free.
Extreme Obstacle Courses
Whether you want to be a Tough Mudder or a Spartan Racer or both, there is an extreme obstacle race out there waiting for you to conquer it. These gruelling courses stretch up to 20 kilometres and allow you to test all elements of your endurance as you crawl through mud, swing over pools and climb over walls. Then they zap you with live wires, just to make sure your heart is in it. It is all worth it at the end, though, as you are rewarded with that glorious sense of athletic achievement and personal pride.
Backwards running is the process of running backwards. See, it is nice and simple. Aside from being a fun way to imagine the world in reverse, it also is said to be good for your fitness, as it can improve your balance and take the strain off muscles used in that boring forward running. This is a good time to pull on a pair of adistar Boosts, as the extra cushioning in the sole provides support for the heel when running backwards. Check out this clip for some motivation. One to try on a track very clear of obstacles.
Where: Currently only the US
Cycle Karaoke — or Cyclaoke, as we have taken to calling it — finally provides an opportunity to sing your way into shape. It aims to get you exercising at your optimal heart rate, so if your rendition of Queen's 'Bicycle Race' is proliferated with panting, then you should ease off a little. Then again, if you are belting out 'Eye of the Tiger' with ease then you really need to focus on your pedal power rather than your power ballad. Either way, it is exercise at its embarrassing best.
Ever wondered what it would feel like working whilst airborne? If so, then antigravity yoga is for you. By settling into a supportive silk hammock you can exercise off the ground and remove a significant amount of stress from your body. Combining elements of yoga, dance and the aerial arts, it will help you form a concrete core as you have fun learning to fly.
Man Versus Horse Marathon
Where: Wales, United Kingdom
If none of these are for you, though, and you want the ultimate challenge, then you should race a horse. The annual Man Versus Horse Marathon covers a 35km cross-country course and is the ultimate test of man versus animal. You can take on the horse all by yourself, or you can take two gym buddies with you and claim team glory. With only three human winners in the 32-year history of the race, your name could go down in history forever.
Before you head out on these 10 super-charged new workouts, it helps to have the endless energy harnessed by the new Adidas adistar Boost on your side. They're in limited release at the Athlete's Foot now.
How do you boost? These four athletes have a few ideas to rival our own. Vote for your favourite to be in the running for your own pair of Adidas adistar Boost running shoes.
Top image: Tough Mudder contestants in costume.
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