Funniest Fitness Fads Of 2015

by Ravi Teja Tadimalla

If you think a minute goes by really fast, you have never been on a treadmill.

– A man who nearly died on a treadmill

Well, that’s what this whole thing about fitness does to us humans. First, it motivates us to shed those stubborn pounds and get fit (which is good). Then, it makes us compete with our fellow mates at the gym (which also is good). And then, it makes us take an offbeat route of cutting the flab (which, err, don’t ask me).

If fitness turns into an obsession, things can turn a little funny. Or sometimes, they might get way too hilarious.

As the glorious year is about to come to an end, we bring to you the funniest fitness fads of 2015.

(Caution: Read at your own risk!)

1. Prancercise

What if working out was just dancing around in the morning in your favorite park, and not lifting those weights at the gym and getting drained?

That’s what Prancercise is all about – a springy and rhythmic way of moving forward, turning on the music, and prancing around like a horse.
Well, that’s insanely simple, isn’t it? You must thank Joanne Rohrback, who invented this form of exercise. Her video on Youtube got over 10 million views, and they have only been increasing.

You can try this out sometime. There might be some perplexed onlookers wondering what on earth you are doing, but hey, that’s okay.

2. Cats On Mats

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Cats have been an integral part of our lives. At least, most of the times. And with this form of exercise, you never ever have to worry again about working out alone. Your constant cuddly partners keep walking around purring and meowing, and you wouldn’t find anything cuter.

3. Zombie Runs

This deserves the Halloween award of the year. And here’s why – you dress up as a zombie and run around your neighborhood, scaring the living daylights out of your fellow beings.

And, you do this during the day.

People might think you have just come out of a freaking Hollywood movie.

Fear factor ­ 10. Workout factor ­ no freaking idea!

4. Waff

WTF? No, it’s Waff.

Currently a phenomenon in France, the waff is a giant cushion that could be your faithful exercise partner. Be it yoga, pilates, cardio, or strength, you can do everything on the waff.

It works great for your core stability and is gentle on the joints. It improves your balance as well.

You can try it here on Bodypass.

5. Hybrid Sports

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When you combine two effective exercises, you get a super-effective exercise – that’s what this is all about. SUP-football (bashing a football with your paddle while you are standing up and paddle boarding), SUP-yoga (doing yoga on your paddle board and ensuring you don’t fall into the water), etc. are some of the hybrid sports you can look at.

SUP-mate, how do you like all that?

6. Trampoline Fitness

If you haven’t ever jumped on a trampoline before, it’s time to do it now. And this time, with a twist of fitness. Jump to your heart’s (and legs’) content. Reach for the skies like nobody’s seeing.

But hey, be careful. Because if you hurt yourself, it will be bad. Really, really, ahem.., really bad.

7. See-Through Yoga Pants

Err no, these aren’t exactly what you think they are. We mean those that come with mesh paneling. If your workout pants or tops don’t have a mesh paneling, people are gonna look at you as if you are from the 19th century.

8. Rollerskating

This is nothing new. It has been around for a long time, but sad that most of us had forgotten how effective an exercise rollerskating can be.

But the good news is, it has come back in 2015, with most people taking it up.

Fitness fads may not always be effective. That doesn’t mean they would only end up as a waste of time. Check what works for you, and let go of what doesn’t. Also, you can even follow some other exercises that reduce belly fat and help you lose weight. These can also go a long way in keeping you fit.

In other words – embrace the best, and leave the rest.

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Ravi Teja Tadimalla

Ravi Teja Tadimalla is an editor and a published author. He graduated from SRM University, Chennai, and has been in the digital media field for over six years. He has a Professional Certificate in Food, Nutrition & Research from Wageningen University. He considers himself a sculptor born to chip away at content and reveal its dormant splendor. He started his career as a research writer, primarily focusing on health and wellness, and has over 250 articles to his credit. Ravi believes in the great possibilities of abundant health with natural foods and organic supplements. Reading and theater are his other interests.
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