7 Weird Workouts That Will Make You Break a Sweat
Sick of the treadmill and your weekly cardio kickboxing class? Then get your sweat on with these…umm, unusual NYC-based workout classes:
What it is: A group workout class where you — you guessed it — juggle! Start out with small scarves, graduate to balls, then push yourself to walk while using your newly found juggling skills, while breaking a sweat.
Why it’s awkward: You’re learning how to juggle in front of strangers. Even though founder Heather Wolf says participants benefit more if they’re not “coordinated,” you’ll probably still be chasing balls all over the studio, at least for a little while.
Why it’s actually a great workout: All joking aside, you can actually burn up to 280 calories per hour. Your arms are active nearly the entire class, toning and strengthening, and balancing exercises work your core, too.
What it is: A regular spin class, but set to a soundtrack that you sing along to (an assistant travels the class with a microphone, if you feel like solo-ing). Courtesy of Crunch Gym.
Why it’s awkward: Belting out JT or Def Leppard is usually reserved for the privacy of your own shower. But here, you get to, um, show off your singing skills, all while keeping your buns hovering six inches above your bike seat. Sounds pretty, right?
Why it’s actually a great workout: It’s still an awesome spin class, to the tune of 400-600 calories burned per class. It’s also a great, non-intimidating option for those who want to try the bike, but are afraid of the live-to-spin crowd. These girls (and guys) just wanna have fun.
What it is: Simply, hula-hooping cardio workout classes. You’ll learn the basics, like waist hooping and hip hooping (who knew there were different kinds of hooping?), then move onto the pro-moves.
Why it’s awkward: You might feel like you’re 10 years old again, hooping it up with your BFFs in the driveway. And all that hip and booty swirling? Just try not to make eye contact with that sweet, old lady who’s also trying out the class for the first time.
Why it’s actually a great workout: Research has shown that more than 30 — 30! — core muscles are engaged when you hula hoop. Go for an hour, and you could torch around 400 calories, too.
What it is: It’s a spin class. But your bike? It’s in a pool. You spin away, submerged from the waist down.
Why it’s awkward: It’s a posh studio in TriBeCa. You’re a nervous newbie. Be cool, and don’t fall into the pool, or take a break and end up floating into the person next to you.
Why it’s actually a great workout: As if spinning’s not a great workout on its own, water adds resistance and lessens the impact on joints. But the best part: All that water friction creates a natural massage for the skin on your legs, possibly reducing cellulite.
Aerial Arts NYC
What it is: With workout classes like Contortion and Handstands, Unicycling (by request), and Cirque-du-Soleil-like Silks and Ropes classes, it’s basically circus camp for grown-ups.
Why it’s awkward: Trying a handstand? You’ll fall before you get it right. Doing a Silks class? You’ll probably awkwardly tie yourself up in the fabric and need help getting out. But don’t worry — it’ll be you and every other beginner.
Why it’s actually a great workout: Whether you’re practicing a handstand roll, working your core by balancing on a unicycle or climbing up a rope, these classes help build strength and flexibility in fun, unusual ways.
What it is: Getting from point A to point B in the most calorie-burning way possible — aka “freerunning.” Don’t walk — roll, leap and climb your way to a NY Parkour class.
Why it’s awkward: That moment when you try to ricochet off a wall, and, well…don’t. You also might end up looking like this.
Why it’s actually a great workout: Cardio. Check. Endurance. Check. Strength-training. Check. Practicing parkour can also help you in the dance studio, improving coordination and reaction time.
What it is: Cardio and strength-training classes on a mini, personal trampoline. To awesome music. Under a disco ball.
Why it’s awkward: Try not to get too carried away. No one wants to help you up off the floor after you’ve launched yourself off your own trampoline. And don’t forget your best sports bra.
Why it’s actually a great workout: Jumping builds muscle, burns fat and greatly improves balance. And just try to feel angry when jumping on a trampoline under a disco ball.