Gone are the days when there were limited options available for a good workout like organized sports, dance classes or jazz exercises. Several new and crazy types of workouts which became popular in the recent past are now being practiced across the world. These new types of workouts are a good blend of the classic and the contemporary and many include a good deal of fun factor with them. Below is the list of 9 wackiest exercises you can try this summer.
Boing with Kangoo (boing) is a low-impact fitness workout performed using kangoo jumps (low impact, rebound sport shoes). This workout involves easy to follow routines of hopping, jogging, skipping, jumping exercises choreographed to a dance party soundtrack. This crazy looking workout lets you to have lot of fun at the gym. You jump nearly 8,000 times to various exercises in a typical 60 minute boing workout. A boing workout exercises your whole body without focusing on any particular part or organ. The main difference between boing and the regular aerobics workout is that the kangoo jumps absorb nearly 80 percent impact of the bounce and is easy on your joints. But, do remember to wear thick socks when you go boing as the kangoo jumps can hurt your feet during a workout.
Be the jumping jack
Jumping jack is a physical jumping exercise which generally involves two jumps. You should first begin the workout by standing straight and keeping your feet together and your arms to your sides. The first involves moving both your feet apart and raising your arms over your head. In the next jump, you bring both your feet together and the arms to both your sides. Some more intense versions of this workout involve bending down and touching the floor in between each of the jumps. The name ‘Jumping Jack’ comes from a toy for kids of the same name. This is a simple but effective workout which can be done in your home without any continuous professional guidance. This workout relaxes the whole body. The intensity of the workout can be increased by jumping faster. Remember to never clap your hands when you bring your hands together over your head as it may injure your shoulders.
Trading the Treadmill for the Trapeze
Trapeze can be called as the most wackiest of all the workouts you can try out this summer. This is a circus-inspired fitness workout and involves swinging, juggling, and walking the tight rope on the trapeze to increase your fitness. This workout can be very funny and you can re-live your childhood days. Trapeze workout targets the entire body and tones every muscle in it. But, the workout mostly strengths the upper body through the twists, turns, flips, and balances involved in it. You can practice this workout just once or twice a week to get the desired results. This workout can be scary initially and you may need good professional guidance till you get confident.
Anti Gravity Yoga
Anti gravity yoga converts the traditional hatha yoga and turns it on its head. It involves working out a few feet above the ground in a silk hammock. A typical anti gravity workout involves several exercises and takes 75 minutes to complete. The technique fuses yoga (40 percent) with other popular workout disciplines like acrobatics, dance, gymnastics, and pilates. It manipulates physics and allows people practicing it to stay light hearted. A complete workout, antigravity yoga, helps to get you in shape and at the same time realigns you from the compression of gravity. The silk hammock in which the person works out forms a peaceful pod for him. When practiced properly, anti gravity yoga helps in refreshing the body’s systems, opening up the spine, helping blood flow, and enhancing the abdominal workouts.
Working out with obstacles
Obstacles workouts involve high and low obstacles with some distance which should be run in between them. The obstacles should be overcome during the course of running. The exercises which can be part of every obstacle workout regimen are: bear crawls, pull ups and chins, dips, burpees, and step-ups. Obstacles workout can strengthen your leg, thigh, and hip muscles. This workout should be preferably done during morning or evening hours (when the sun is low) as it involves running for long distances.
High heels workout
The main focus of this workout is to get you in shape to walk comfortably in your preferred heels rather than burning your calories. High heels workout enhances the strength of the core muscles of your body. The first part of this workout involves wearing your favorite heels and performing simple dance moves and some other exercises for ten minutes. After the ten minute warm up your enter the second part. In second part you should change into sneakers and perform some classic leg toning moves like squats and lunges. This workout needs the help of a professional trainer during the initial days.
Dance-based workouts can help in burning the calories in your body just like when you do while swimming, cycling or walking. A single dance workout can burn 200 to 400 calories in your body. Dance based workouts when regularly practiced help in stabilizing the heart beat rate, lowering blood pressure and improving the cholesterol levels in your body. There are several kinds of dance workouts like Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Ballroom Dance for you to choose from. Many studios and community centers offer training sessions for these dance workouts.
Back to the play ground
You can go back to the playground along with your kids this summer and practice the amazing variety of playground workouts. Playground workouts which are mostly practiced outdoors can help your in getting some fresh air when you are sweating it out to burn your calories. Some of the playground workouts can be done without the need of any equipment while in some cases you can used the basic equipment available in the playgrounds. Playground workouts that can be practiced with out the need of any professional trainer are: front and back arm circles, walking lunges, reverse and rope push-ups, pull-ups, chest flyers, triceps press, etc.
Video games can be converted into a healthy experience if you have the latest Wii Fit or the Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral for its popular Xbox 360 video gaming console. You should also have enough space in front of your television to play. Video game workouts involve moving your entire body as a controller to play the game and don’t involve a separate hand held controller. A camera in the gaming console tracks the body movements of the player and repeats the action on the screen. Video game Workouts include aerobics, martial arts and yoga.