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looking for a general-body dynamic exercise/sport

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I am looking for a sport which involves the whole body in its workout and is kinda dynamic/energetic. It should work, more or less, as an improvement in strenght, flexibility, agility, power, coordination and endurance. To give you an example, I would like to be able to perform ( or at least some of them ) movements like those by good dancers, breakdancers or parkour guys ( but none of those mentioned interest me ).
I am 23 years old thin guy, with no particular experience in that kind of physical exercies, but I would like to do it only for the sake of it - I don't plan to participate in any competitions.
I was thinking about gymnastics, but I am not sure if there are any schools/courses for regular people.

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on August 25, 2013
at 11:10 PM

and it takes over your life... 5x a week double practices.. best thing I ever did was getting out

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on April 12, 2012
at 10:18 PM

Yeah, I would argue that erging has a learning curve though, and involves a lot of balance if you want to float up the slide properly. I've almost never seen anyone except a former or current rower use an erg properly...

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 12, 2012
at 10:17 PM

That's how much rowing is where you live? My membership was like $500 per 6 months a year for full use of facilities (including ergs and other exercise equipment) and boats in the evenings, with a coach and safety boat accompanying.

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on April 12, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Yeah, I'm talking about erging. I tend to assume that most people aren't going to jump at a chance to shell out a few thousand dollars for a workout.

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on April 12, 2012
at 12:16 AM

Haha, no training/learning? That sounds like erging, not rowing....Rowing is SO much of a learning curve, can't just hop in a single and head off on your own. Plus, no balance? Have you ever rowed a pair or single or double? Heck, even a four, quad, or eight need some balance!

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on April 11, 2012
at 09:44 AM

Another vote for capoeira. It's my thing and I love it. It's also got good social/musical/game aspects which will feed your inner primate.

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on April 10, 2012
at 07:39 PM

Muay Thai and boxing are very funtional. Your first day you will simply put on gloves and go at it. Instructor will walk around and give hints and demonstrations as you walk around (keep your hands up, weight on your back foot, lean into your punches, etc.) I have done Jiu Jitsu and Taekwondo. Boxing/Muay Thai gyms are not taught like traditional martial arts.

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on April 10, 2012
at 07:38 PM

Martial arts training is definitely a great all-around conditioning activity. Karate, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, tai jutsu ...

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on April 10, 2012
at 07:30 PM

I was considering martial arts, but they focus too much on technique of punching and kicking and I would prefer to jump, roll, climb and do somersaults like dancers or ninjas. But the problem with the former one is similar to that of martial arts, too much learning of certain movements. I would like to achieve something similar to Bruce Lee, but without kung-fu aspect.

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on April 10, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Try to find Capoeira classes. It's awesome; martial art/dance combo.

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on April 10, 2012
at 07:38 PM

Martial arts training is definitely a great all-around conditioning activity. Karate, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, tai jutsu ...

7d01d86c539003eed77cf901bf037412

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on April 11, 2012
at 09:44 AM

Another vote for capoeira. It's my thing and I love it. It's also got good social/musical/game aspects which will feed your inner primate.

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on April 11, 2012
at 03:54 AM

Find an indoor rock climbing gym and get to it! Seriously fun and a killer total body dynamic workout.

I was lucky enough to have a membership to a gym for a couple years after college and I got seriously strong and the challenge is incredible. Nothing like finishing a route that you've been working for a couple weeks.

Then, when you get some basic skills/conditioning under your belt, you can go outdoors and climb some REAL rocks!

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on April 10, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Gymnastics maybe the only other sport comparable to the dancing styles you mentioned.

Have you looked into any combat sports? Specifically boxing and Muay Thai? They can provide great conditioning while working on overall athleticism. Generally, classes run 1 to 2 hours with 3 minute/2 minute rounds at high intensity with a 50 second rest between rounds. You will do a mixture of heavy bag, pad work (think rocky hitting the trainers hands), speed bag, and sparring drills. Just make sure you are in a gym that focuses on foot work (that is how you know they are for real).

For strength gains, I would look at a strength training program 3 times per week. I lifted weights for years to no avail before starting Starting Strength last fall. It was like the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy woke up and everything is in color.

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

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on April 10, 2012
at 07:30 PM

I was considering martial arts, but they focus too much on technique of punching and kicking and I would prefer to jump, roll, climb and do somersaults like dancers or ninjas. But the problem with the former one is similar to that of martial arts, too much learning of certain movements. I would like to achieve something similar to Bruce Lee, but without kung-fu aspect.

81fca18329e68e227cdfef3857bfef96

(1320)

on April 10, 2012
at 07:39 PM

Muay Thai and boxing are very funtional. Your first day you will simply put on gloves and go at it. Instructor will walk around and give hints and demonstrations as you walk around (keep your hands up, weight on your back foot, lean into your punches, etc.) I have done Jiu Jitsu and Taekwondo. Boxing/Muay Thai gyms are not taught like traditional martial arts.

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on April 11, 2012
at 04:40 AM

Tae bo with Billy Blanks :)

Ok, how about boxing or arnis (Filipino stick fighting)? You could always take some different dance classes too, for variety, such as hip hop, breaking, pop and lock, salsa or whatever.

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on April 11, 2012
at 04:31 AM

Rowing includes everything but the balance/dance aspect, and it requires just about no training/learning curve. It's excellent cardio conditioning, builds muscle, coordination, and focus. I'm a big rower, so I'm a bit biased, but just throwing it in there.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 12, 2012
at 12:16 AM

Haha, no training/learning? That sounds like erging, not rowing....Rowing is SO much of a learning curve, can't just hop in a single and head off on your own. Plus, no balance? Have you ever rowed a pair or single or double? Heck, even a four, quad, or eight need some balance!

1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

(2934)

on April 12, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Yeah, I'm talking about erging. I tend to assume that most people aren't going to jump at a chance to shell out a few thousand dollars for a workout.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 12, 2012
at 10:18 PM

Yeah, I would argue that erging has a learning curve though, and involves a lot of balance if you want to float up the slide properly. I've almost never seen anyone except a former or current rower use an erg properly...

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 12, 2012
at 10:17 PM

That's how much rowing is where you live? My membership was like $500 per 6 months a year for full use of facilities (including ergs and other exercise equipment) and boats in the evenings, with a coach and safety boat accompanying.

458b7bac46cb9d6110245305ce8fae44

(88)

on August 25, 2013
at 11:10 PM

and it takes over your life... 5x a week double practices.. best thing I ever did was getting out

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on April 10, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Circus arts/aerial arts. Or pretty much, parkour, gymnastics, capoiera or some of the more athletic styles of yoga.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 10, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Why not parkour? That's pretty much exactly what you described. You can meet up with people on this site: http://parkour.meetup.com/ or look into classes at your local gym or clubs. Both of the universities I've attended have had parkour clubs that met twice a week to generally leap around the city. It involves a lot of challenging, dynamic movement that acquired agility, combined skills, spontaneous movements, and strategy. A lot of the moves you learn can be applied to gymnastics which you could pursue once you built up a skill base (though jumping into gymnastics is not an easy thing- there aren't really any beginners classes for adults, from what I remember of my gymnastics gym). It's a non-competitive totally free activity with no previous experience needed. Much easier to just hop into!

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on April 10, 2012
at 08:30 PM

If you want to roll do aikido. Plenty of rolling!

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