mamong w/Shutterstock Yes, we’re talking about hurling axes across a room or outdoor area. It’s an arm-burning exercise rooted in Viking and Native American traditions that’s taking modern-day fitness centers by storm. It’s hailed for its ability to strengthen and tone the shoulders, back, arms, and core muscles. Certain gyms, such as Urban Axes Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, and Gotham Archery in Brooklyn, New York, are dedicating their business to the very sport. You pay an average of $20 for each hour of hacking hatches—that is, after an intense safety course, we hope!
Jacob Lund/Shutterstock Calling all Cirque du Soleil fans! This extreme yoga-type exercise involves practicing acrobatic moves and positions with a partner. “It’s an unusual, challenging workout that helps you connect with others and build trust, strength, and flexibility,” says Chris Ryan, C.S.C.S and founder of Chris Ryan Fitness. AcroYoga classes have three main elements: acrobatics practice, healing arts practice, and yogic practice. “During your partner work, you’ll be in groups of three or more, with a base, a flier, and a spotter. You’ll truly feel like you’re flying when you’re up in the air in upward bow pose, balancing on your belly on just your partner’s feet.” Sessions include partner massage, such as Thai massage, and therapeutic flying. In the latter, also called inverted aerial massage, the flier remains passive, while the base uses gravity, stretching and touch to open areas of the flier’s body, Ryan explains.