By 2050, every last woman in the US will be obese – if current trends continue. And while we’ll never actually reach that level, that projection alone is cause for concern. America’s women are going in the wrong direction, despite all the diet and exercise advice.
Enter all the new weird and wacky exercise classes. They promise that they can tone our tums and shape our bums like never before. But are they worth it? Here are some of the weirdest and wackiest exercise classes out there right now. Use with caution.
We’ve had dog money (see Dogecoin). Now we’ve got dog yoga. The whole world is going dog crazy! Perhaps it’s just an internet thing.
Anyway, the creators of dog yoga – or doga – wanted to do something different. They wanted to combine dogs with yoga because, why not? Doing yoga with a dog might sound a little weird to most. But the creators say that it helps people to unleash their observing eye. Dogs are a mirror to your own attitudes and help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself. Well, we’ll see about that.
There is one thing that can be said about doga. If you’re a dog lover, it’s an excellent way to relax. Plus, doga classes are good for your pooch too. You don’t have to leave them at home crying while you go to do your exercise. Your pooch can come along too. Surely that has to make the whole thing worth it?
Parkour In A Barn
The main idea of parkour is to traverse the urban landscape as if you were a bird on the wind. Parkour athletes jump from one roof to another, climb walls and learn how to drop from insane heights. And all the while, they attempt to maintain a beautiful flow, as if they were hurdlers.
But now parkour is leaving the streets and coming to a barn near you. The idea behind these parkour and freerunning centers is to give people the opportunity to free-run safely. Here you’ll learn how to jump over walls, skip over tyres and generally bound around like a maniac. The good news is that these centers are staffed by people who really know what they’re doing.
Parkour isn’t exactly a generic sport. Drop in, if you dare.
Barre At TriYoga
Barre at TriYoga is another one of these strange chimeras. It’s a blend of pilates, yoga, and ballet. The idea is to combine the best of each discipline to build strong, beautiful bodies. You get the stretching of yoga, the poise of Pilates and the skill of ballet, rolled into one. The creators argue that the regimen has some dramatic and incredible effects on your body. It helps to improve your body’s alignment and strengthen the core they say.
If you can find somewhere that offers these classes near you, they’re not all that expensive. You can usually get a couple of sessions for around $30.
The clue for this one is in the name. It’s a blend of yoga and pilates dreamt up by Charlene Johnson. She was the woman behind the Turbo Kick system. The program is designed to improve your flexibility and firm up your core, a bit like Barre at TriYoga. The creator also promises some serious fat burning from the program.
Is PiYo worth it? You decide. The main problem here isn’t the strange blend of moves, it’s the price,
according to this updated PiYo review.
Hula classes, as you might imagine, are an attempt to build fitness through the art of hula hooping. Classes were first set up by couple Anna and Rowan Byrne back in 2013. Since then, the whole thing has taken off. Perhaps the best part of hula hooping is the fact that it’s actually fun, unlike a lot of the other stuff we do for exercise. And so it’s no surprise that these classes sell out pretty much every week. This is, of course, all part of the grand plan. The Byrnes wanted to make fitness as much about the “fun” as it is about the “fit.”
There’s a lot of hidden benefits to the classes too. For one, it’s a pretty cool party trick. People who can actually hula hoop tend to garner big crowds. Then there’s also the fact that hula hooping classes are an excellent way to tone up. Have you ever seen an obese hula hooper?
Lastly, classes are cheap. You just need a hoop and the right attitude.
What is poleography? Glad you asked. It’s a blend of pole dancing and choreography. It almost sounds respectable, doesn’t it?
The people behind the classes say that it brings something unique to exercise: emotion. If you’re in a long-term relationship with the treadmill, things can get a little stale. The only emotions you end up feeling are the desire to go home and make yourself a cup of tea. But with poleography, the organizers hope things will be different. They want women to put their heart and souls into their classes. They want them to learn new tricks and create shapes that they never imagined were possible.
To be fair to the creators, Gymbox, they did a good job of making pole dancing sound scientific. Adding on the term “ography” to the end was a smart move. And they are to be applauded for that. But don’t be mistaken; this is still pole dancing. Is it good for getting the girls together for a giggle? You decide.
Reshape is like some sort of strange cyborg exercise regimen from the future. The treadmills here don’t just go forwards. They go from side to side as well. And participants don’t just work out their bodies. They get their minds stretched through the sheer exertion of thought. It all sounds rather intense.
Reshape sessions last around 45 minutes. During that time, you’ll sculpt your entire body and smash plateaus. Just remember to get your cyborg implants removed before you go home.