Berlin’s Most Unusual Workouts: Fitness Beyond the Gym
Berlin, the city that never sleeps (unless it’s Sunday and every grocery store inexplicably closes), where the beer is cheaper than water, and the doner kebabs outnumber the humans 2 to 1. But apart from its world-renowned nightlife and historical attractions, Berlin is a fitness haven with a twist. Forget the run-of-the-mill gym sessions and yoga classes; we’re talking about workouts so unique, they could only be found in a city as eclectic and vibrant as Berlin. So, buckle up, or should I say, stretch out, because we’re delving into the city’s most unusual workouts that take fitness beyond the gym.
First up, we have ‘Beer Yoga’. Yes, you heard it right. And no, it’s not a typo. This is not your usual downward dog or sun salutation. It’s a workout that combines the physical prowess of yoga with the relaxing effect of beer. Trust Berliners to turn your average beer swigging into a calorie-burning affair. They say beer makes you more flexible, but I think that’s only mentally. Either way, bending and stretching while balancing a beer on your head? Now, that’s a party trick worth mastering.
Next, we have ‘Gymnastics on Horseback’. You might be thinking, “Isn’t that just fancy horse riding?” Oh, my dear reader, you couldn’t be more wrong. This is an art form, a spectacle, a workout that requires gymnastic skills, balance, and a dash of bravery. It’s said that horses have better memory than some humans after a long Berlin night out, so don’t worry, they won’t forget the routine.
Moving on to ‘Underwater Rugby’. Now, I know what you’re thinking, Rugby? Underwater? Well, Berlin likes to mix things up, and this game takes the cake. It’s like playing rugby with a giant squid while your mates try to tackle you. Except there’s no giant squid, and you’re not allowed to come up for air. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but hey, at least you have a valid reason to skip leg day.
Have you heard of ‘Disco Fitness’? Picture this: 70s disco music, neon lights, and a whole lot of dancing. No, it’s not a Saturday night at Berghain, it’s one of Berlin’s most unusual workouts. Who said fitness can’t be fun and funky? And the best part, you can ditch your sweaty gym clothes for a sparkly outfit.
If you’re not a fan of disco and prefer a more punk-rock vibe, ‘Pogo Workout’ will be right up your alley. Based on the pogo dance style that originated in the punk scene, this workout will have you hopping around like Sid Vicious on a space hopper. It’s a high-energy, high-sweat workout guaranteed to make you feel like a rockstar.
Ever tried ‘Park Bench Workout’? This one is for all the minimalists out there. Who needs a gym when you’ve got the great outdoors and a bench? In Berlin, we use the city as our playground. Sit-ups, push-ups, dips, you name it, you can do it on a park bench. And the best part? It’s free.
‘Pole Dance for Men’, or as I like to call it, the ultimate test of strength and flexibility. This is not your average pole dance class; it’s a full-body workout that will make you question every gym session you’ve ever had. It’s a chance to channel your inner Magic Mike while getting a killer workout.
‘Laughing Yoga’, because who doesn’t need a good laugh? This workout is a combo of yoga and a stand-up comedy show. You’ll be so busy laughing; you’ll forget you’re doing yoga. And if you can’t touch your toes, don’t worry, we’re too busy laughing to notice.
Last but not least, we have ‘Hip Hop Hula Hoop’. This workout combines the fun of hula hooping with the high energy of hip hop. It’s like being at a 90s hip hop party, but with hula hoops. It’s a great way to work your core, improve your coordination, and look ridiculously cool while doing it.
So there you have it, the most unusual workouts Berlin has to offer. The city is a melting pot of weird and wonderful fitness trends that take working out to a whole new level. So why not ditch the gym and try something new? Who knows, you might just find your new favorite workout. And remember, in Berlin, the weirder, the better. It’s not just a city; it’s a lifestyle.
I mean, where else in the world can you do gymnastics on a horse, play rugby underwater, and then cool down with some laughing yoga? Only in Berlin, my friends, only in Berlin. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your workout gear (or your disco outfit), and let’s get moving!
Q: What are some of the most unusual workouts in Berlin that go beyond traditional gym routines?
A: Berlin is a city full of surprises, and that certainly applies to its fitness scene as well. Forget treadmills and dumbbells, Berliners are always looking for something a bit more ‘out of the box’. One such activity is urban gardening – it might not sound like a workout, but trust me, it is! It involves digging, planting, watering and maintaining a garden in the city. It’s a great way to get physical, connect with nature, and grow your own food.
Another unusual workout you can try is Hula Hoop fitness classes, where you can get your heart rate up while learning how to hoop like a pro. It’s fun, it’s funky, and it’s a full-body workout.
For the more adventurous, how about a workout on water? Stand up paddleboarding on the Spree River gives you a unique view of the city and a killer core workout. If you prefer something a bit more grounded, Parkour or ‘freerunning’ classes are available, where you can learn to navigate urban environments in the most efficient way possible – think jumping, climbing, and vaulting.
Finally, for those into dance, there’s Voguing – a highly stylized, modern house dance that originated in the late 1980s. It’s not just a dance, it’s a culture and a killer workout.
Q: Are these workouts suitable for beginners or are they for the more experienced?
A: The beauty of these unusual workouts is that they cater to all fitness levels. Most of these activities offer beginner classes where you are taught the basics and can gradually increase the intensity as you become more comfortable. It’s always advisable to check with the class or activity provider to understand what fitness level is suitable.
Q: What equipment do I need to participate in these workouts?
A: The equipment varies depending on the workout. For urban gardening, you’ll need gardening tools – a spade, some gloves, and a watering can will do the trick. Hula Hoop classes will provide the hoops, you just need to show up in comfortable clothing. For stand up paddleboarding, you’ll need a paddleboard, paddle, and a life vest for safety – most providers will rent these out. Parkour just requires comfortable, flexible clothing and good running shoes. Voguing requires nothing but your fabulous self and a good pair of dancing shoes!
Q: Where can I find these workouts in Berlin?
A: Berlin is a big city with a vibrant fitness scene, so these workouts can be found all over. Urban gardening can be found in community gardens across the city. Hula Hoop classes are offered at various dance studios. Stand up paddleboarding is available at several locations along the Spree River. Parkour classes are typically held in parks or dedicated Parkour gyms. Voguing classes can be found in dance studios across the city. It’s always best to check online for the most up-to-date information and locations.
Q: Are these workouts expensive?
A: The cost of these workouts can vary. Some, like urban gardening, can be practically free, while others, like stand up paddleboarding, might require a rental fee for equipment. Generally, most of these classes are reasonably priced, and many offer discounted rates for buying multiple classes or memberships. It’s always best to check with the individual providers for the most accurate pricing information.
A little Berlin tip for you: Keep an eye out for community events or seasonal offers, you might just stumble upon a bargain! And remember, investing in your health is always money well spent.