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Fun Workouts You Never Heard Of

written by Guest Blogger July 8, 2010

Editor’s Note: Are you bored with your fitness routine? In today’s guest post, Julia Hammond shares with us 5 little known workouts guaranteed to add a little fun and excitement to your physical life!

You’ve done aerobics (if you’re being honest, you might have worn a spandex leotard and leg warmers at one time…thanks, Olivia Newton John).

You’ve spent time on the treadmill, the Stairmaster, the standing bike, and every other medieval torture device created to inspire weight loss and shape your posterior.

You may have even tried lifting, although watching the guy next to you bench his own body weight while you can barely lift the bar (by itself) leaves you a bit down-hearted and unmotivated.

But every new trend eventually loses its appeal (some quicker than others) and you are once again left wondering if there will ever be an exercise program that actually holds your interest.

Fortunately, there is a whole world of workouts that can turn things around for you, so here are a few you might want to try:

  1. Zumba. If you thought dance was not a viable method of exercise, try one of these high-octane, Latin-inspired classes. If you make it to the end without collapsing or suffering dehydration, you’re in better shape than you thought. Zumba is a fast-paced and fun way to get your body moving and lose a few pounds. And the best part is, the booty-shaking moves translate well to the dance floor, so you can show off your smokin’ new bod at a local salsa club.
  2. Bikram yoga. Okay, yoga is hard enough in a 70-degree room. How do people do it in 100+ degrees? Fun may not be quite the right word for this intense workout, but the heat will loosen up muscles you didn’t even know were tight and you get the added benefit of sweating out tons of toxins. You’ll leave one of these hot-house sessions feeling like you’ve just had a killer massage in a steam room. In short, it’s like being reborn.
  3. Kettlebell. If you haven’t heard of this workout, it can be best described as aerobics with weights. But there’s a lot more to it. The sessions involve standard moves like squats and lunges for the legs and curls and raises for the arms (just to name a few). But what makes this form of exercise really unique and effective is that you use momentum to lift the weights (strengthening and lengthening at the same time) and it concurrently works your core. It’s like many workouts in one and you never have to do old-school crunches again, which is really all that’s required to entice most people.
  4. Aerobic striptease. Carmen Electra brought the pole to the American home, but there are plenty of videos that will help you tone and tighten while you shake your money maker. In all honesty, it’s not as raunchy as you might expect. Most of the moves are more like choreographed dancing, especially if you opt for the Vegas Strip video from her series. At the very least, it’s a way to loosen up with your gal pals at a bachelorette party (although it’s also a darn good workout).
  5. Insanity. Their mantra is “dig deeper” and what that requires is 60 days of total-body training during which you will burn 1,000 calories an hour (in daily hour-long sessions). No weights and no gimmicks make this exercise program appealing, but don’t think it’s easy. Interval and resistance training (not to mention the supplemental diet) will get you looking like a muscle-beach regular in just two months. It’s like having a personal trainer (or drill sergeant) at your disposal and everyone who tries it swears it delivers amazing results.

About the Author

Julia Hammond is a writer for the popular health website Nutritionist World where you can find a nutrition degree program or browse career listings in the health and fitness industry.

Have you tried any of these workouts before? What did you think of them?

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3 comments

John Bates July 9, 2010 at 6:47 am

I own a Gold’s Gym franchise and Zumba is hugely popular. We also offer a class called Dance Trance which is becoming even more popular among our members. Where Zumba is mainly Latin in flavor, Dance Trance brings in many more styles of dance. Dance Trance is tougher to find, but worth a shot if you find a studio or gym offering it.

Thanks for the post and the tips about alternate workouts. Keeping things new and exciting can keep you motivated.

All the best,
JB

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Steph a.k.a. Head Health Nutter July 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Hi JB,

Thanks for giving us a better idea about how popular Zumba is, for adding Dance Trance to the list and letting us know where we can try these fun new workouts!

Steph

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