Tired of the boring gym machines and standard exercises? Our solution is simple: pick one ridiculously fun unconventional workout and stay fit while having fun!
If you’re one of the first, rejoice, we got you some more to try. And if you’re one of the latter, then you absolutely need to read the rest, because at last, you will see that gym and fun can finally rhyme!
10.) Karaoke Spin Class
Sing your heart out while spinning the wheel on an exercise bike! This is for the people who like Zumba but would like to take it up a notch. The fun of it makes the person want to continue this unconventional workout and learn how to control your breath while doing so. Research “cycle karaoke” in your nearest gym if you want to take these classes.
Love surfing, but missing the waves? We got you an alternative! Surfset gives you all the benefits of surfing, only on dry land. Surfset classes won’t necessarily teach you how to surf, but they will stimulate the exercise of surfing, plus allow you to do some other balance exercises that you wouldn’t be able to do in the ocean.
During the 40-minute session, you will improve your stability and body control, burn fat, build lean muscle and even achieve total body fitness. Your heart rate will be kept up while you chase those invisible waves.
8.) Stiletto Workout
You will sweat, and be sexy doing so. This unconventional workout was created by Nicole Damaris, who states in an interview with the New York Times that her idea came from a practical and pragmatic place. Women are going to wear high heels no matter how much they are warned, so better show them the correct way to do it.
Critics argue that stiletto workouts may not be the best choice for getting fit, but they definitely help with building good balance and walking stance when wearing heels.
Buti is an Indian Marathi word that means “a cure that has been hidden or kept secret.”
Unlike other types of yoga, Buti yoga is for women only and focuses on strengthening the sisterhood between yogis. The entire core is being stimulated during the whole session, combining cardio, strength training and flexibility. As opposed to regular yoga, Buti yoga poses are not static and include tribal dance and plyometrics.
Building abs and burning calories might be our ultimate goal when exercising, but we also want to feel good about ourselves WHILE working out. It’s with this mindset that POUND was created. This full-body cardio-jam workout was inspired by the energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums.
The workout combines cardio, conditioning, strength training, yoga moves and Pilates–inspired movements, all while using special light-weight drumsticks.
POUND was created in 2011 by two recreational drummers and former college athletes, and since then it spread at the speed of light.You can find more than 11,000 POUND instructors in more than 50 countries. Ask your neighborhood gym if they teach this unconventional workout, and start rocking out!
Source: POUND’s website
5.) Aqua Yoga
To immerse yourself in a yoga exercise fully, it makes perfect sense to combine it with water. If yoga is all about peace of mind and flowing ideas, aqua yoga, or yoga in the pool, is the +1 workout to literally practice it.
Don’t worry, your head won’t be submerged: aqua yoga uses adaptations of traditional postures, breath work and meditation. This low-impact aquatic exercise helps develop static balance and range of motion. The stress-relieving characteristics of water help to soothe the mind and the body.
Your little furry bundle of joy can join in your yoga session, making it (at least) 10 times more enjoyable. Doga has been around since 2002 when it was created by Suzi Teitelman, a Jacksonville yoga teacher.
You’re probably wondering how you can do yoga with your dog, and it’s actually so simple that you can do it at home. Doga includes some stretching exercises for both of you, pet massages and soothing energy. These workouts are perfect for deepening the bond between you and your canine best friend and relaxing together.
One thing to do is make sure that your dog is into it. If they start wiggling their way out of the mat, it’s better to leave it to another day.
3.) Punk Rock Aerobics
Do you want to exercise to the beats of your favorite punk rock tunes? Punk Rock Aerobics delivers.
On Punk Rock Aerobics’ website, the first sentence that catches the attention is: “Take control of your body! Take control of your mind! PRA is not about how you look but how you feel.” Followed by an inspirational manifesto about self-improvement that speaks to any adult on a spiritual level (but that we wouldn’t let kids read!). This unconventional workout is designed to strengthen and entertain, kind of being in your favorite concert while building abs.
This 60-minute exercise combines punk dance moves with an aerobic workout. As if it weren’t enough, PRA classes are delivered in rock clubs, using bricks for weights, with no mirrors and obnoxious gym music. Where do I sign up?
Source: Punk Rock Aerobics’ website
2.) Water Walking
Trade your gym for an inflatable human-sized hamster ball. You just need someone to push you on water and the fun begins. The challenge is to stay upright and not fall. If it seems easy in theory, wait until you try. Your abs will be engaged, your balance challenged, and your feet will be remembered of those days in track fields.
This full-body unconventional workout is nonetheless one of the funniest on this list, and if you do it with friends a lot of giggles will surely ensue.
Have you ever swayed your hips on the beats of a Bollywood song? If yes, then here is your chance to do it again with a professional. We don’t call it the “happy workout” for nothing, while you are building muscles with the intense dance moves, you are also putting a big smile on your face.
The session is a series of cardio and conditioning intervals of varying intensity, each activating major muscle groups of the abs, arms and legs. Up to 800 calories can be burnt while you learn dance and fitness fundamentals.
Reveal the Bollywood star in you!
How about you, which one of these unconventional workouts do you want to try? Let us know in the comments and share with your friends! And if you would like to try some booty-shaking workouts that will also make you feel sexy, make sure to read our next article below.