The Weirdest Workouts Across South Carolina

We’re all a little weird and so are these workouts:

Maya Movement Arts

Options range from Dance Trapeze Basics to Dance Trapeze 1 and 2, allowing for level advancement and a continued fitness challenge. Maya Movement Arts students start with basic trapeze entrances and exit, conditioning, transitioning, and balancing on and around the carbon bar. Approval is required by the studio owner, Kelly VanLeeuwen, to progress to the next level where inversions are addressed, endurance is focused on, and technique is refined. The website advises adhering to a strict dress code. Covering the armpits with a t-shirt and the back of knees with capris or pants are recommended. Clothing should be tight or form-fitting as to avoid getting caught or tangled in the apparatus. Layers are a good idea too, helping minimize bruising and scraping.

Gravitopia Extreme Air Sports

As the Gravitopia website quotes, “20 minutes of rebounding is equal to 1 hour of running, from a cardiovascular perspective…rebounding burns up to 1,000 calories per hour.” GravityFit is a style workout that puts less impact and strain on the joints.

Wicked Pole Fitness

Engage your abs, arms, shoulders, legs, and feet…yep, feet. An intimate, sensual, and empowering workout, pole sculpting mixes tricks and sits for a full-body conditioning workout. Improve flexibility and confidence in a zero-judgment environment. Consider Wicked Cycle-Boxing as the weird-workout runner-up at Wicked Fitness. You may have heard, seen, and/or experienced CycleRow or some variation of cycling and yoga but Cycle-Boxing is a new combination coming soon to the studio.

Train Coastal Climbing

With five available plans to pick from (Personal Training, Antagonist Training for climbing, Pull-up Progression, Finger Strength Training, and Endurance Blast), Coastal Climbing provides a workout option for every fitness goal and level. Beginners should take a Quick Class or beginning climbing lesson before purchasing a Train package. Clients can expect to train independently 2-4 times per work for 10-12 weeks with occasional meetings (as needed) led by a qualified instructor. In the words of Miley Cyrus, “There’s always gonna be another mountain, I’m always gonna wanna make it move. Always gonna be an uphill battle, sometimes I’m gonna have to lose. Ain’t about how fast I get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side, it’s the climb.”

Primal Move

If you live a fairly sedentary lifestyle, sitting for extended periods of time at a desk and/or computer then this is the workout for you. Go back to the basics and relearn how to use your body without unnatural compensation. Think crawling-variations and proper breathing exercises. This class will improve mobility, core strength and posture in a purposeful and playful method. All fitness levels are welcome.

Whether you go through fitness phases, are a Peloton-aholic, or haven’t found your groove yet, you won’t regret giving one of these offbeat sweat sessions a try.

Stay strong, stay fit + stay fabulous!

Heather is the Public Relations Director for Soda City. A woman of many passions, Heather is also a certified personal trainer at the Downtown Columbia YMCA and Fit Columbia. She is a "gypsy warrior," athletic optimist and community enthusiast. Heather is always looking for ways to expand her tribe and help improve our city. In her spare time, you can find her lounging by the pool in true Floridian fashion, painting a colorful canvas, or opting for anything outdoorsy and adventurous.



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