Want a new and unusual way to get your cardio fix? This list of weird workouts can offer some alternatives to shake up your usual exercise routine. You’ll be entertained and inspired by these 11 quirky ways to keep fit.

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1. Twerking classes

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Twerking has become such a popular dance craze that you can now go to a twerk class! You get to learn how to do it, along with a mixture of other dance moves. This energetic booty popping does wonders by fat burning and toning, so why not give it a go?

 

2. Animal Flow

Perfect for all you animal lovers out there! It might sound strange, but moving around like a critter can be a great workout. Animal Flow is based on ‘beastly’ movements that can improve your strength, endurance and mobility. It’s challenging for all fitness levels. Who wouldn’t want to monkey around?!

 

3. Doga

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You may think this is barking mad, but if you love yoga, you can now share it with your four-legged friend. It’s said to create a better bond between owner and pet. Awww!

 

4. Circus workouts

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Using modified circus equipment is great for an upper-body and core-muscle workout. Whether you’re swinging from a trapeze or tightrope walking, it’s all pretty tough. But your new skills will soon have you wanting to run off to join the circus!

 

5. Kangoo Jumps

This is one workout that’ll turn you into a gym bunny – literally! Once you get going, you’ll be jumping everywhere. With the futuristic-looking bouncing boots, this is one of the weirdest workout trends around. It’s said that you burn twice as many calories as running but it puts less strain on your joints.

 

6. Hoopilates

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What is Hoopilates? A combination of the Hula Hoop and pilates, of course! Hula Hoop workouts are the perfect way to trim your waistline and improve your core strength, whilst pilates improves posture and balance. Together they make a unique and fun workout.

 

7. Cardioke

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Cardio+Karaoke = Cardioke! Singing and breathing properly as you move about might not be the most effective workout, but it’s probably one of the most fun!

 

8. FitWet

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The FitWet bike is a unique piece of kit that combines an exercise bike with a personal jetted hot tub. It’s no secret that underwater workouts have fitness advantages when compared with regular exercise, and the FitWet is no exception. We reckon the idea of this unusual bike makes exercise sound really appealing!

 

9. Trampoline classes

We’ve all heard of Insanity workouts, now you can try out a similar thing while on a trampoline. It looks pretty intense and a little crazy but it also a bounce-load of fun. Where do we sign up?

 

10. Running backwards

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You might get a few strange looks if you try this one! Running backwards uses 30 per cent more energy than moving forward at the same speed. However it does have its challenges – er, like not being able to see where you’re going…

 

11. Mud run

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If you like to take part in charity runs, how about mixing it up and taking on a new challenge with a mud run… You get a great workout, with obstacles to conquer along the way – all while getting very very muddy!

 

Have these weird workouts made you think twice about your endless hours on the treadmill?