When you hit the gym every day, your workout can become too much like work. Take a break from the reps and sets with these five bizarre workouts. You may never dare try them in public, but you’ll at least get a good laugh out of them.
Up Your Manliness Quotient
If your workout needs a “steroid shot in the arm,” throw on a pair of aviator sunglasses and a sleeveless t-shirt. For that extra military touch, do your workout on a football field with the U.S. flag flapping in the breeze. This 6-minute intense pilates workout ends, of course, in military-style child’s pose. If do decide to attempt this, the instructor has one important piece of advice for you, “Oh yeah, tuck in your shirt.”
Try a Kilt and Some Grunting
Long before Gold’s Gym dotted the urban landscape, Scottish warriors were lifting and throwing heavy objects found on the mountainside—rocks, trees, and sheep. This workout is a tribute to Mel Gibson’s Braveheart—they may take our kettlebells, but they’ll never take…OUR FREEDOM! You may laugh at this one, but try running with a 440-pound stone while wearing a kilt. In case you’re wondering, that’s about the size of two or three sheep.
The Kettlebaby: Do NOT Try This at Home
If you travel a lot, you never know what exercise equipment your hotel will have. Some people avoid the hassle and bring their own gear. Most bring weights, or use a heavy duffle bag. This woman used a baby, flipping it around like it was a kettlebell. Definitely don’t try this one at home. If your child has some dolls, though, you can fill them with sand for this odd workout.
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Workout
If Barry White had a workout video, this would be it. Check out the smooth grooves playing as the instructor works out on a basketball court. If you close your eyes and listen to the music—and his groaning—it almost sounds like a soft porn movie. This is a great way to get back at your neighbors for their late-night partying. Crank up Barry, and get your workout on.
The ShakeWeight Porn Workout
“This is not a workout. This is a revolution.” No, it’s the most blatantly pornographic workout infomercial ever. Already an Internet phenomenon, watch the hapless actor who agreed to this gig grip the ShakeWeight tightly as the “piston-like motion sends a shockwave of energy that forces [his] muscles to contract.” Which muscles are we talking about? Whatever it is, this guy’s clearly tired. “Phew…that’s it,” he says at the end of his workout.