5 Unique Workouts to Try by Sarah-Beth

5 Unique Workouts to Try by Sarah-Beth

Hello dears!

This week Sarah-Beth is visiting us proposing 5 unique workouts! She is the awesome blogger behind The art of fit and nerd, and she shares the refreshing workouts she´s doing. Enjoy the reading and try one of these workouts!

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Need something to spice up your workout routine? Or just looking for a class that makes you excited to show up to? Me too! Nowadays, there is no shortage of options for getting fit and working out. From traditional to unconventional, I love finding new workouts and giving them a try. As a personal trainer, I love learning from practical experience and being as hands on as I can be. About a year ago, I decided to start writing about my experience about trying new workouts because I want to inspire others to find some sort of workout that they really love and wouldn’t dread going too. I hate hearing that someone doesn’t like being physically active, so I want to present as many options as possible to everyone so they can find their exercise sole mate! (Okay, maybe not sole mate, but at least something they find fun!)

After a year of trying different workouts, I’ve definitely found a few great ones! So thanks to Chape, I get to share my favourite with you all! So if you are looking for something new, novel, and unique, here are 5 different styles of workouts I highly recommend trying!

  1. Konga by The Jungle Body

This is one cardio session that feels more like a dance party than a workout. Playing remixes to all your favourite songs, Konga combines simple moves (typically 4 per song) into high-intensity dance sequences that get your heart pumping. And with classes running from 45-60 mins, you are sure to work up a sweat in one fun, supportive, cardio class.

  1. Parkour

Want to bounce off the wall? Or pretend you’re a ninja? Parkour could be your thing! It takes a little bit of fearlessness and a dash of trust, but it feels absolutely amazing when you nail a move! (Even the simple ones!) There is usually a steep learning curve with moves, and it does help to have strength, but a lot of it is practice and learning where your body is in space. From a personal note: be prepared for a few bumps, bruises and scrapes along the way.

  1. Yin Yoga

Looking for something a bit slower paced with a chance to really reconnect with your body? Yin Yoga is worth a try. Unlike the fast pace of Vinyasa, Yin puts you in a pose (many supported by props) and really lets you explore it deeper. Many poses are held for two plus minutes, giving you time to focus on stretching further or as my teacher said: “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable”. Be prepared to feel “worked” in a completely new way!

  1. EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation)

Want to really work on that mind muscle connection? If you’ve ever had EMS on during rehab exercises, then you know just how much it helps to remind you exactly where each muscle you need to work is. Strapped into a full EMS suit, hitting all the major muscles groups, these quick 20-30 minute long workouts are the perfect solution to those that are time poor but want a solid workout or just those looking to understand muscle activation better. If you can get over the weird tingling feeling and focus on the workout, you’ll not only be sweating within minutes but burning heaps of calories in a very short amount of time. This is my favourite unique workout I’ve tried so far because it is so different from anything else and I really enjoyed how sore I felt post workout!

  1. Pole Dancing

For those that want to feel graceful as they are getting strong, then I highly recommend pole dancing. Not only is it tons of fun just to spin around on the poles, but it’s a great way to work your upper body and grip strength in a very functional way. (It’s up to you to hoist yourself onto that pole!) Most studios offer beginners courses that set up all the basics for you and allow you to build a solid foundation before you get to flipping around on the pole. So start there and build from it!

Nothing on the list strike your fancy? Try looking for free events on either your local area fitness page on Facebook, ask at your local lululemon athletica store (lululemon is known for hosting a lot of fitness events and not just yoga!), google gyms in your area and see if they offer a free/discounted first class/week, or check out wellness weeks at your local shopping center. All these are ways I find new classes to try while staying budget friendly!

Thank you so much Chape for letting me guest post!

If there is a unique workout I should try, leave it the comments down below!

Happy working out!

-SB

Bio: Sarah-Beth or SB is the personal trainer behind the blog The Art of Fit and Nerd. Originally from Canada, she is now based in Perth, Australia and loves living by the beach. She is constantly looking for unique workouts to try or gyms to go too. When not working out or training clients, she’s a bit of a nerd and can be found creating cosplays, gaming, or watching anime.

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Lower Leg

The gastrocnemius and the soleus form what we know as calf. They are involved in activities such as walking, running, jumping… 

Hamstrings

A hamstring is any one of the three posterior thigh muscles in between the hip and the knee (from medial to lateral: semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris). The hamstrings are quite susceptible to injury.

Quadriceps

The Quadriceps Femoris is the knee extensor muscle.  As a group, the quadriceps femoris is crucial in walking, running, jumping and squatting. It´s subdivided into four separate “heads”.

Glutes

The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles which make up the buttocks: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. The three muscles originate from the ilium and sacrum and insert on the femur. The functions of the muscles include extension, abduction, external rotation, and internal rotation of the hip joint.

Lower Back

The Erector Spinae is not just one muscle, but a bundle of muscles and tendons. Paired, they run more or less vertically. It extends throughout the lumbar, thoracic and cervical regions, and lies in the groove to the side of the vertebral column.

Obliques

The External Oblique is situated on the lateral and anterior parts of the abdomen. It is broad, thin, and irregularly quadrilateral. It is the largest and the most superficial (outermost) of the three flat muscles of the lateral anterior abdomen. 

Abs

The Rectus Abdominis is the most superficial of the abdominal muscles. It is this muscle which forms the six-pack shape! It is a paired muscle running vertically on each side of the anterior wall of the abdomen. There are two parallel muscles, separated by a midline band of connective tissue called the linea alba.

Pecs

The pectoralis major makes up the bulk of the chest muscles in the male and lies under the breast in the female.

The pectoralis minor is a thin, triangular muscle, situated at the upper part of the chest, beneath the pectoralis major. 

Forearm
(Posterior muscles)

The Extensor Digitorum muscle helps in the movements of the wrists and the elbows. It extends the phalanges, then the wrist, and finally the elbow. It acts principally on the proximal phalanges. It tends to separate the fingers as it extends them.

Forearm
(Anterior muscles)

The Pronator teres pronates the forearm, turning the hand posteriorly. If the elbow is flexed to a right angle, then pronator teres will turn the hand so that the palm faces inferiorly. It is assisted in this action by pronator quadratus.

Triceps

The Triceps Brachii muscles  have three muscle heads: Lateral, Medial and Long head. Primarily responsible for the extension of the elbow joint. The lateral head is used for movements requiring occasional high-intensity force, while the medial fascicle enables more precise, low-force movements.

Biceps

The Biceps brachii is  actually two separate bundles of muscles (heads). The two heads of the Biceps vary in length and as a result, are called the Short and the Long Biceps heads.

Infraspinatus

The Infraspinatus muscle is one of the four rotator cuff muscles crossing the shoulder joint and is commonly injured. It is the main external rotator of the shoulder joint.

Deltoids

The Deltoid muscle is the muscle forming the rounded contour of the shoulder. It is divided into three portions, anterior, lateral and posterior, with the fibers having different roles due to their orientation.

Latissimus Dorsi

The latissimus dorsi is the larger, flat, dorsolateral muscle on the trunk, posterior to the arm, and partly covered by the trapezius on its median dorsal region.

Trapezius

The trapezius is a broad, flat and triangular muscle. The muscles on each side form a trapezoid shape. It is the most superficial of all the back muscles.

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