It’s easy to get bored with the same old routines and the same old
gyms. Staying motivated is a key component to consistent, long-term fitness
success. Personally, I found myself to be stuck in a rut when it came
to my fitness routine. I spent a long time committing… and then
re-committing to all of my usual workout routines, but there’s a
reason nothing would stick. It was time for a change! If you can relate,
check out these six unconventional gyms with outstanding benefits that
will help you find your fitness spark, and keep it!
Aerial Yoga (also known as AntiGravity Yoga or Suspended Yoga) combines
the basics of yoga with acrobatics and sometimes calisthenics, dance,
and Pilates as well. Aerial Yoga involves being suspended from the ceiling
by silk fabrics that make a “hammock.” The hammocks allow
a greater range of motion and a deeper stretch promoting a stronger core,
spinal and shoulder flexibility, and helps prevent back strain. Other
health benefits include: positive alignment, sharpened focus, joint decompression,
increased endorphin levels, cardiovascular fitness, increased muscular
strength, weight loss, and increased blood flow.
Krav Maga is a self-defense system used by the Israel military. Originally
derived from street-fighting skills focused on real-world situations,
Krav Maga is action packed with self-defense moves, such as, blocks, punches,
kicks and other maneuvers to quickly and effectively neutralize an attacker.
The benefits of Krav Maga include cardio fitness, muscle and core strengthening,
and endurance. But even more important, you gain empowerment and confidence
in your ability to protect yourself.
Functional fitness is about training your body to handle real-life situations
and teaching your muscles to work together rather than isolating them
to work independent. Functional fitness is designed to prepare your body
for daily tasks by simulating common movements such as lifting your toddler
out of the car, or hoisting the spring-water bottle onto the dispenser.
Benefits of functional fitness can make everyday activities easier, reduce
your risk of injury and improve your quality of life.
Belly dancing as an exercise workout is not a new concept, but is still
very popular because of how fun it is and it’s outstanding fitness
benefits. A belly dance workout is a full body workout making it a great
way to burn calories and tone your core. Belly dancing involves focusing
on the hip and abs area with small movements, which in turn, allow for
overall core strength building, better balance, better posture, and overall
Crossfit, sometimes also known as High Intensity Training, is exactly what
it sounds like. It’s a series of constant and varied functional
movements performed at relatively high intensity. Crossfit involves a
strength and conditioning program that focuses on cardiovascular/respiratory
endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination,
agility, balance, and accuracy. In addition, Crossfit is usually done
as a group, because the communal aspect is believed to be the key component
to its effectiveness and success.
Barre involves the physical as well as the aesthetic benefits of lengthening
muscles, while strengthening them. Barre is a full body workout that uses
the ballet barre as the main prop to reinforce ideal positioning of the
exercises, while performing small, concentrated movements. Benefits of
Barre include toned, lean muscles, increased flexibility, and a stronger
core. Besides, who wouldn’t want a dancer’s body?!