The Best Non-Traditional Workouts

There’s been some questions and comments about non-traditional workouts, so I wanted to review a few with you.

Sledgehammer Workouts

One of my good friends introduced me to this. He works for Newark Roofing Service (fun fact, also the same guys that re-did my roof last summer) and they do a lot of physical labor. He stays in shape for his job by doing sledgehammer workouts. Another fun fact: there exists no business that focuses exclusively on this type of training. He’s writing a book about it actually. A superhero who trains this way. The graphics are amazing because as most comic books go, every muscle and area is over-emphasized. It’s gonna be big. Watch for it.

Anyway, the best reason to try sledgehammer workouts is a no-brainer: it works out your entire body all at once. The sledgehammer has been a conditioning tool amongst fighters since the inception of combat sports. It is certainly not a new tool in the arsenal of combat athletes. It is however an inexpensive and excellent conditioning device. You use your own body weight and movement to strengthen your arms, legs, core, glutes and back.

Competitive Dragon Boat Racing

When you think of cardio, what’s the first workout that comes to your mind? Probably running or something similar, right? What about strength training? Weight lifting, am I right?

Well, if you like a challenge, I suggest you try competitive dragon boat racing. Holy f*** it will blow your mind. Not only does it combine cardiovascular and strength training, you’re also stretching at the same time.

I’ve done this for a summer—and let me tell you, it kicked my ass hard. It dates back to ancient Asian traditions. During the inaugural ceremony of a dragon boat race, a Taoist priest is usually called upon to dot the dragon eyes with red paint—a symbolic gesture to bring the dragon to life. Neat, huh?


Now here’s an odd one—hula hooping. You remember. You did it when you were a kid. And if you were anything like me, you sucked miserably at it. Epic fails in the hula hoop department right here. I have no style apparently. But, someone wiser and more coordinated than myself decided to capitalize on their skill and teach others how to be bombass at hooping as well. This is perfect for people who want a fun, low-impact workout that’s portable.

I must admit, I am not very good at this. The first time I spun the hoop around my waist, it fell. But then I started watching DVDs and practicing, and now I can not only keep it up, I can walk around and turn. With continued practice, I foresee myself becoming better and better. It will get your heart rate up, build up a healthy sweat, and give you some sexy moves that your significant other will love watching!