We all know that the way to a nice, healthy, toned, and beautiful body is to eat less and move more. However, sometimes things can get boring. While you can mix and match what you eat, and focus on different body parts at the gym, or go to some aerobics classes, it is all too easy to get bored and lose your motivation. Once that happens, the weight starts to pile back and you become even more demotivated, effectively trapping you in a vicious cycle.
Fortunately, there is something you can do! Just like there are some crazy diets out there, there are some crazy workouts as well. The difference, however, is that the crazy diets don’t achieve anything other than damage your health, but the crazy workouts may actually work. Let’s take a look at the 5 craziest workouts that you absolutely must try.
1. Backwards Running
Some people absolutely love running as they get slightly addicted to the rush they get from it. However, most people find running a pretty boring exercise. Pounding the tarmac or, worse still, the treadmill, can only be interesting for so long. Nevertheless, running is a fantastic workout as it allows you to burn a considerable amount of calories as. If you want to keep it interesting, therefore, you might want to try backwards running instead.
According to a 2011 study, running backwards not only creates less impact on your knees, it also uses 30 percent more energy, which means you’ll get more bang for your buck workout-wise. It’ll also make you feel like you’re going back in time, which is a huge bonus. Of course, since you can’t actually see where you are going, maybe restrict this one to a fairly empty track.
2. Pole Dancing
We may scoff at women who pole dance for a living, but if you were to put aside your judgmental side for a minute and actually look at what they are doing, you may just be amazed. It takes serious strength in every single one of your muscles to be able to pole dance. You have to have the upper body strength to pull yourself up, the leg strength to keep you on the pole, balance so that you don’t slide back down, and more. This is a killer workout and a whole lot of fun. And no, you don’t have to wear trashy outfits for it.
While these classes may be stripper-inspired — or, in some cases, stripper-choreographed — women leave their clothes on while performing routines designed to make them feel comfortable shaking what their mommas gave them. The name of the game is empowerment, not exploitation.
3. The Barbell Hip Thrust
This is one exercise that doesn’t require you to sign up to a special class, or try and find a deserted track somewhere. It is in fact a move that you can do in your regular gym, just to spice things up a little bit. Unfortunately, it has a high embarrassment factor, so you may be reluctant to do it. However, once your glutes start to get more powerful, you can guarantee that other people will start to copy you and join you in doing the barbell hip thrust.
The barbell hip thrust is the best exercise to build strong, powerful glutes – it’s known as the glute activator. And by targeting your backside, you’ll see a carry on over the lower-body strength exercises like squats and deadlifts. These are also perfect for people with back pain and knee pain, but still want legs like tree trunks. With a shoulders on a bench and a barbell on your hips, lower and drive your hips to full extension. Push through your heels and squeeze your glutes once at the top.
4. Cycle Karaoke
While this may sound like something that you would do on a bachelorette party when you have had way too much to drink, there is actually method to this madness. Many people who cycle like to do so with headphones on, drifting away into their own little world of music. It is all too easy to then start singing along as well. In fact, many of us have accidentally done so. With cycle karaoke that is exactly what you’re doing, only on purpose.
The seemingly endless trend of combining stationary cycling with other forms of entertainment continues with Cycle Karaoke, available at many Crunch gyms across the country. This exercise program challenges your legs, gluteus … and lungs. Each fearless soloist belts out the words to his or her favorite song from the gym’s collection, while the rest of the class pedals along.
5. Trapeze School
Remember when you were a child and you were amazed by the skills of the trapeze artists, dangling up at great heights and catching each other in mid-air? Perhaps you are still amazed by them, in fact. Well, it should come as no surprise that trapeze artists have fantastic strength all over their body, as well as coordination, and balance. These are all things you can get as well, simply by going to trapeze school.
Indoor and outdoor trapeze schools are popping up throughout the country for those who want to learn how to flip and fly. Most beginner classes start out with basic moves taught on the ground before moving to the skies. And, aside from being super fun, it’s a fantastic way to target your upper and lower bodies, particularly your lats and shoulders, and carve out your core muscles.
As you can see, workouts don’t have to be boring. While we all know that you can, for instance, turn housework into an exercise program, those are not the types of unusual exercises that will actually make a difference to how toned you are overall. The exercises above, however, will do that. The difference, in fact, is tremendous. Best of all, when someone asks you how you got your figure, you no longer have to say that you “work out”, you can say you fly from trapezes, sing while you cycle, and so on.