30 Bizarre Fitness Classes That Actually Exist

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Sure, some of us really do enjoy working out for the sake of it. But the rest of us need to think a little further outside the box when it comes to fitness. And, ideally, we'll get so drawn into the excitement of it that we'll forget — or, better yet, relish — the fact that we're doing actual exercise.

Enter the wild world of group fitness. Thankfully, for those of us who can only spend so many hours on the elliptical, trainers and fitness gurus are a creative bunch. From metal yoga to indoor surfing, it seems like there's a wacky new class to try every week. The best part: Although these may disguise your workouts in a few layers of fun and competition, don't be fooled. These are still very much workouts.

Click through to see some of the most innovative, unique, and just plain weird fitness classes out there. Maybe you'll find your new favorite way to sweat. Or, at the very least, a treadmill won't seem so intimidating.
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AG6 At Asphalt Green

Looking more like a scene from Tron than a workout, this high-tech class offers circuit training with pressure-sensitive walls and LED lights everywhere.

Location: Manhattan, NY
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Aquacycling At Aqua Studio

Pretty much what it says on the tin: Your indoor cycling class, but in a pool, creating even more resistance but also a sense of tranquility that's hard to find in most cycling workouts.

Location: Manhattan, NY
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Ganja Yoga At Twisted Sister

If you're in the mood for some relaxing yoga, why not pair it with your favorite stress-relieving bud in this weekly class? There are also plenty of 420-friendly yoga retreats if you're after something more long-term.

Location: Denver, CO
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Bungee Dance

Thanks to some amazing videos from the Stories to Tales gym in Thailand, high-flying bungee-assisted dance cardio classes are riding a wave of popularity. But if you're not up for a long plane ride, bungees are already often incorporated into circus arts classes — and there's also Chaise BalletBungee here in the states.

Locations: Bangkok, Thailand (Stories to Tales); Manhattan, NY; and Middleton, NJ (Chaise BalletBungee)
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Box & Flow

Although mixing boxing and yoga may seem a little weird, this class is more like two great tastes that go great together.

Location: Manhattan, NY
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Metal Yoga Bones At The Cobra Club

Even if you prefer your music without growling vocals, this class might give you a whole new appreciation for the power of yoga. And black-metal fans can make their way a little further south to the Lucky 13 Saloon for a session complete with black lights. Or, for a slightly more chill vibe, check out Black Yoga in Seattle, which tends to favor the slower-paced sounds of drone metal, ambient tunes, and even some traditional meditation music.

Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn
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IMAXShift

If indoor cycling in front of a giant IMAX screen careening you through space and time sounds intimidating, you're right. But it might finally be the thing to make you forget you're actually doing exercise.

Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn
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Crowd Surf Ready At Gym Box

This summer, Gym Box teamed up with StubHub to create a class specifically for those who like to stay a little further above ground at concerts. Whether you're a lifter or a liftee, this stamina- and strength-building class promises to keep you riding high.

Location: London
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Shack Track & Field

In each of these monthly events, Shake Shack fans meet up for a three-to-five-mile run followed by burgers, shakes, and a (free!) beer. Now that's what we call balance.

Location: Various around New York City
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Pound

These classes, taught at various gyms across the country, are basically cardio workouts with weighted drumsticks.

Location: All over the U.S. Find a class here.
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Surfset

One of the best things about surfing is that, in addition to getting a killer workout, you also get to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. But, depending on where you live, you might not actually be able to take advantage of that all the time. Still, with surfboard contraptions and beachy decor, Surfset in NYC gets about as close as you can — without sand.

Location: All over the U.S. Find a class here.
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Spin Open And Melt At SYNC Studio

Are you sick of themed indoor-cycling classes yet? Well, we're not — and this Phish-themed one is definitely something different.

Locations: Toronto; Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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Headstrong At Equinox

This intense class is a relatively new addition to the Equinox lineup. Each section of the workout, which includes exercises for both your body and mind, comes with a customized playlist, scent, and lighting scheme.

Location: All over the U.S. Find an Equinox here.
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Sproing At Sproing Sport

The Sproing Trainer machine replaces the usual treadmill running surface with a sort of soft, bouncy couch cushion-looking material. It adds resistance, but lessens the impact on your joints.

Locations: Chicago; Urbana, MD; Columbia, MD; Houston, TX
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HulaFit

This core-building class will challenge you to do all the classic fitness moves — jogging, squats, jumping — with a freakin' hula hoop spinning around your hips. Get ready to build some serious coordination skills.

Location: London
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Melt Method

Rather than working you into a sweaty mess, Melt Method classes focus on relaxing and relieving pain (often with the help of a foam roller). So, if your latest adventure in experimental fitness left you with a nagging shoulder injury, this could be the class for you.

Location: All over the U.S. Find a class here.
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Parkour At Tempest Freerunning Academy

Sure, we've seen parkour gyms before. But this one has a section very clearly inspired by Minecraft, which is definitely hard to beat.

Locations: Chatsworth, CA; Hawthorne, CA; Vista, CA
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JumpLife

Trampoline gyms a little too open for you? Well, at JumpLife classes everyone gets their own trampoline.

Location: Manhattan, NY
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Salty Yoga At Breathe Salt Rooms

These relaxation-focused classes take place in a room full of pink Himalayan salt crystals. The salt is purported to ease a variety of breathing issues. But even if it doesn't, the room itself is a sight to see.

Location: New York, NY
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Animal Flow At Equinox

In this class, all your moves are inspired by those of other members of the animal kingdom. Go ahead and get a little primal.

Location: All over the U.S. Find an Equinox here.
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Cycle Karaoke At Crunch Gym

Sure, it sounds like a recipe for an asthma attack. But hasn't a little part of you always kind of wanted to belt out your jam in the middle of a good cycling session? This class is your opportunity, and the singing only happens during otherwise low-key moments.

Location: All over the U.S. Find a Crunch Gym here.
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Tone House

Classes here are often described as some of the toughest in NYC (if not the toughest), but they may also be some of the most unique. For instance, get ready to pull an 80-pound resistance cord with your entire body. Also, there's chanting.

Location: Manhattan, NY
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Mile High Run Club

At Mile High, you can expect group treadmill classes that mix strength-training with running intervals. It offers training programs for both total beginners and marathoners. Plus, you even get to go outside sometimes!

Location: Manhattan, NY
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Punk Rope

Mixing bodyweight exercises with jump-rope drills and a killer punk playlist, this class is the perfect way to sweat out a little aggression. And if that's not enough, check out instructor Tim Haft's other creation: MoshFit.

Location: All over the U.S. Find a class here.
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Throwback Fitness

At Throwback, you'll be thrust back into the world of P.E. with games like dodgeball and capture the flag. But you'll also spend a fair amount of time on rowing machines. And your team will be there to cheer you on the whole time.

Location: Manhattan, NY
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Forza! At Equinox

This class is based on Japanese sword-fighting training techniques. You don't actually fight anyone, but you do look pretty badass.

Location: All over the U.S. Find an Equinox here.
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X-Treme Firefighters Workout At Crunch Gym

This circuit-based class will have you mimicking the hose-slinging, ax-swinging, and stair-climbing movements of firefighters.

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All over the U.S. Find a Crunch gym here.
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H.I.I.P. (High Intensity Interval Painting)

During H.I.I.P., you'll alternate working out and one-minute intervals of painting. And the best part is that you'll get a work of art as your trophy for completing every class.

Location: Manhattan, NY
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City Row

All the classes at City Row are centered around rowing machines. But they build yoga and strength-training skills on top of that.

Location: Manhattan, NY
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Aerial Yoga At AntiGravity Lab

In AntiGravity classes, you'll use a fabric hammock to keep you suspended in the air while moving through yoga poses. This will give you more support than usual, but also work your core a little harder than traditional ground-based yoga.

Location: Manhattan, NY
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