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The Wackiest Workouts I’ve Ever Tried

  • November 20, 2013
  • By Brittany
The Wackiest Workouts I’ve Ever Tried

Hey guys!  So I know we talk a lot about traditional forms of exercise here at My Own Balance.  There’s cycling, Zumba, HIIT, kickboxing, yoga, barre and much more.  Today I wanted to pay homage to some of the wackiest workouts I’ve ever tried!  Now, just because these workouts are wacky doesn’t mean they are wimpy.  I’ve had some pretty tough workouts when the creators of these workouts thought outside the CrossFit box (ha, pun intended).  So read on to see my list of some of the craziest workouts I’ve ever tried!

1.      Trapeze

Have you seen the SATC episode where Carrie goes trapezing on the Hudson River.  Well, I did that!  I actually choose the indoor version (you can choose either and I can’t remember why I chose indoor but probably had something to do with time of day).  If you are afraid of heights, this workout is probably not for you because after a shaky climb up a narrow ladder (you are strapped in), the instructor hands you the trapeze bar and has you hold on with both hands while he unclips your harness.  There is an actual gravitational pull off the ledge and nothing is scarier than this feeling that you are going to fall off.  But once you push off and go, it’s all easy peezy.  Until they say turn upside down and let your hands go.  Seriously though, by the end of class we were all doing catches and you are harnessed the entire time and there is a massive net underneath you.  It’s a lot of fun!  Plus your arms and shoulders get a massive workout.  So sore the next day!

2.      Trampolining

Ahhhh yes, this reminds me of my middle school/high school days when we had a big trampoline in our backyard.  I counted it as a workout then and I can still count it now!  Who knew that you actually get a better workout when you don’t allow yourself to bounce up so much?  You need to continually force the bounce down to work into your legs and maintain agility to move from position to position. 

Jump Life 2

I tried a trampoline class at JumpLife and it was so much fun!  You could have a party with this class.  Besides great music (and jumping, hello!) there is disco lighting.  It was hilarious but I burned some serious calories in this 45 minute class and my legs were quite fatigued.  This was my version of Friday night partying!

Jump Life 3

This is what it looks like with the strobe lights and everything! (Source)

3.      Aerial Yoga

I’ve done aerial yoga several times over the years and I almost wouldn’t even call it yoga because it’s a totally different discipline, in a good way.  The entire class is conducted using an aerial silk that is attached to the ceiling.  It’s actually really cool because you can do all these upside down moves that you would never be able to do in a regular yoga class.  The silk can also act as a prop to help you go deeper into traditional yoga poses. 

Aerial yoga

Recently I attended a restorative aerial class with OmFactory and the aerial silk helped me get so deliciously deep into my crow pose and downward dog!  It was so relaxing to just hang upside down (no hands!) and then lie in the hammock for savasana. 

I also attended their open Level 1 aerial class.  This class was serious work.  I think the classes have improved over time.  It used to be pose, pose, pose.  Now it’s more like a vinyasa class and you flow into these upside down, no hand poses.  It takes quite a lot of arm and ab strength to do these classes and you honestly do get warm in this class.  For some reason I kind of chickened out asking the instructor to take a photo of me in this split in the silks so I am borrowing this photo from their website so you can see what it looks like.  It’s not as hard as it looks, I promise!

aerialvinyasa-popup-244x300(Source)  For more photos of examples of what you do in class, check out OmFactory’s website.

4.      Aqua Cycling

Aqua Studio 2

I reviewed this class previously here, but I had to add it to this list because cycling in water…seriously!?  It’s a new concept for a hot craze and it was actually a totally different type of workout.  Rather than pushing myself to my cardio limits, this class had a more zen-like approach to it and focused a bit more on using the water as resistance (read-work those legs). 

aqua studio 1

It was definitely one of the most different workouts I’ve ever done but when all was said and done, I burned over 300 calories and didn’t feel like I was going to fall over like I normally do after spinning.

5.      Surfset Fitness

Surfset 1

I think this might be my favorite out of the bunch.  In the Surfset workout you perform your entire workout on a “surfboard” which is like a giant bosu ball.  It’s unstable and reacts like a surfboard would in water (read-unstable).  It is an amazing core/balance workout but you also get a lot of strength and cardio as well. 

Surfset 2 

In the 45 minute class I attended we did moves like: squats, traditional surf pop ups, warrior 3 (balancing on one leg on the board!), hop overs (like you would do on a step), burpees, jump switches, pushups, planks, ab moves and so much more.  It was incredibly challenging!  At one point we even did a crow pose, which I’m normally totally fine with on the floor but after about 15 seconds on the unstable board I fell flat on my face (it hurt, I don’t recommend it).  I dragged the Hubs along with me for this one and even he thought it was groovy.  Everyone gets their own board and they play a movie with all of these surfing images in the background.  It was so cool!  The class was pretty fast paced and I burned about 350 calories for the whole 45 min class. We were both pretty sore the next day.  It totally takes your workout to a whole new level!

Surfset 3

For more information about the class plus some cool video demos, visit the website by clicking here.

I tried to find some commonality with these workouts and it looks like most of them have something to do with either flying or water.  I guess all you need to spice up your workout is to add air or water! 

Readers, what’s the wackiest workout you’ve ever done?  Anything on this list you have tried?  What would you most like to try?


By Brittany, November 20, 2013
  • natalie @
    November 20, 2013

    I really want to try trampolining!!! I’ve heard awesome things about it! I need to add some spice to my Bar Method/running routine 🙂

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    November 20, 2013

    You’ve done some seriously crazy classes! I did aerial yoga once and almost broke my neck. Wasn’t feeling so zen after that class…

  • Allie
    November 20, 2013

    This is awesome!!! I love the aerial yoga class and the surfboard class? So cool!!! I’ve never really had an opportunity to take anything amazing like the classes you’ve described. Don’t worry though, I’m going to plan a “fitness trip” to NYC with you and Nellie and whoever else we can round up and I want to do all these fun things!! We’ll be tired but it will be a blast.
    The video of the trapeze is also amazing but how many times can I use that word when commenting? Jeez!!

  • Elise @
    November 20, 2013

    Have I expressed to you enough how jealoius I am that you do aerial yoga! I need to get some of that in my life. PS – I took surfing lessons this summer and let me tell you I was so sore the next day.

  • Tara
    November 20, 2013

    Those are some crazy classes and they all look so fun! I so remember that episode of SATC, but I think I would be a little scared. Diggin’ the Lana Del Rey tunes in the background too. 🙂

  • Kimberly
    November 20, 2013

    I need to hang out with you more! I want to try aerial yoga and the aqua spin. I haven’t worn a bathing suit in public in years….so we will see about that one. lol

  • Cailee Joy @
    November 20, 2013

    Wow! This sounds so crazy!! Looks like you have tried all different workouts!! I really want to try to Aerial Yoga!! Seems like sooo much fun 🙂

  • Nicole
    November 20, 2013

    I SO want to try water cycling and aerial yoga! And I have to say, you look pretty graceful trapezing missy!!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    November 20, 2013

    I tried the trapeeze at Fitbloggin, never was I so afraid of getting broken ankles! I did the entire thing in complete fear! I still want to do the aqua spinning, I think I would have a blast at that one!

  • Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme
    November 20, 2013

    You are so adventurous and I love it! I’ve always wanted to try aerial yoga but I’m such a klutz.

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    November 21, 2013

    The trapeze looks challenging. I would love to try that! You are full of creativity. You make me want to work outside the box, hahaha…seriously…I wish we had more options here.

    I saw on IG that you tried Bowka, can’t wait to hear about that!

  • Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy
    November 21, 2013

    I love all these fun workouts! I haven’t even heard about most of them. I think that trampoline class looks like a blast and I’m sure I’d love that surfing class too! I’m really boring and haven’t tried too many crazy workouts. I wish I had some of those class options around here!

  • Paige@FitNotFad
    November 21, 2013

    Oh my gosh these look so cool! I definitely haven’t done anything crazy like these but I love the look of the aerial yoga class!

  • Carla
    November 23, 2013

    I have not tried any of these but I have heard that the water cycling is great for people with bad knees/poor joints. I would like to try pole dancing. I don’t know why that intrigues me so much especially since I’m not coordinated in that way but when you look at the women who do this professionally (as in the fitness aspect not as in the other kind) they have some of the best bodies. Muscular, lean, and flexible.

    I do remember the surfset fitness post and that does seem like fun. I can understand why it’s your favorite.

  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    November 25, 2013

    I love that you aren’t afraid to try anything! That’s all! 🙂

  • Christie @
    November 27, 2013

    Just discovered your blog on bloglovin and love it! Can’t wait to read more! I loved this post. I really want to try that surf class!

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