Are you looking for unique fitness and workout ideas for your at-home fitness routines?
In this article, we will look at 5 unique fitness workouts and exercises that you might not be aware of but can spice up your home workouts while helping you reach your overall fitness goals.
We will also examine why home workouts are so fun and popular, their benefits, and tips to stay motivated while working out at home.
Why Are Home Workouts So Popular?
More and more people are choosing to work out at home to meet their health and fitness goals. There are many reasons why home workouts are becoming increasingly popular.
For starters, they offer a sense of convenience that is hard to beat. You can work out any time that works for you, and you don’t have to worry about weather or traffic.
You also don’t have to worry about your home gym being busy, unlike an outside fitness center, which can sometimes be crowded and uncomfortable.
Home workouts also tend to be more cost-effective than gym memberships. While the home workout does, at times, require equipment that you must buy, there are no recurring fees for working out at home, unlike a traditional gym.
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If you have kids, you don’t have to worry about childcare if you have young children when working out from home (however, you might be more distracted by them during your workout).
Another reason why home workouts are so popular is because they offer a lot of privacy. If you feel self-conscious about working out in front of other people, working out at home can be a great fitness solution.
This is a huge bonus for those just dipping their toes into the fitness world for the first time and those who are fitness experienced.
Plus, you can tailor your home workouts to your unique fitness goals and needs without feeling pressure to conform to someone else’s idea of what a workout should be.
Despite all of these health and fitness benefits, one of the biggest downsides to working out from home is that many find it hard to be motivated, and the variety of equipment available is limited.
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For those looking for new ways to revamp your home workout routines by adding new workouts or exercises, we have compiled a list of 5 unique and unusual workout ideas that can help get your mind and body back on track from the comfort of your home.
Whether your goal is getting stronger, burning calories, or just living healthier, we’ve covered you.
5 Unique Fitness Ideas That You Should Totally Try
Weighted Jump Rope Workouts
Even though the jump rope is widely considered a fantastic fitness cardio workout for building strength, endurance, and burning calories, it’s often overlooked and ignored for other more common at-home cardio options like treadmills and exercise bikes.
While the jump rope is a legit full-body workout guaranteed to make you sweat, there is a rope you may not be aware of that takes that fitness concept to another level.
The weighted jump rope.
A weighted jump rope takes an already demanding and sweat-inducing workout to the next level by adding a little heaviness to the rope, forcing us to work a little hard to get the rope spinning.
Even though the increase in pounds might not sound like a lot (typically less than 5 pounds), this little bit of extra weight means a lot more effort is needed to do this unique fitness workout.
While an incredibly fun workout, make no mistake; the weighted jump rope is all business.
Macebells And Mace Flow
While macebells are still very new on the health and fitness scene, they are quickly gaining popularity as one of past fun and unique fitness ideas.
A macebell looks like an oversized lollipop, with a long metal shaft and a weight placed at the end of the bar.
So what do you do with a macebell? Anything you want.
Many swing the macebell around their body and head to work out their upper body. At the same time, others learn Mace Flow, a series of slow fitness movements that carries the macebell around your body slowly and methodically.
Working out with a macebell isn’t just about the full body workout it will give you. It also increases overall fitness, strength, endurance, and balance, making it an excellent stabilization exercise.
But, the best benefit of working out at home with a macebell aside from being fun? It will make you feel like a Viking, swinging and controlling a large club, just like a Norse God would have.
Weighted Vest Workouts
Weighted vests can take any workout at home and turn it up several notches.
A weighted vest is a body vest work that carries weight bags or plates of varying degrees, which, when worn, makes every movement and exercise you do much harder.
The great thing about a weighted vest workout is that you don’t need to do anything special to get the benefit of the weighted vest.
There are no special movements or exercises specific to the vest.
Instead, go about your normal workout routine while wearing the vest, and you will quickly notice that your body is required to work much harder than before on those same home exercises.
If you regularly hop on the treadmill, try it with the vest. If you do push-ups, you will be shocked at how much more you need to work to get them done.
Adding extra body weight means your muscles work harder, your blood pump faster, and your breath gets drawn deeper.
Weighted vests come in many sizes and weights, so there are plenty of options on the market to help you choose which weighted vest is the best for your needs.
The weighted vest doesn’t change your home workout, but it does change the intensity of the fitness routine, which is sometimes all we need to get motivated to move.
Wall Balls and Slam Balls
Who doesn’t want to throw stuff against the walls and floor as hard as they can?
That’s exactly what you can do with a wall ball or slam ball.
One of these options can add a high-power exercise to your at-home workout routine and maybe even get out a little aggression simultaneously.
Both fitness balls look and feel like traditional medicine balls but are designed for very different (and aggressive) things.
A wall ball is designed with material that is best for throwing against a wall repeatedly and comes in various weight amounts for different workout levels.
Taking a heavy ball and repeatedly heaving it against a wall with all your might is a great workout that will wear you out and get your heart pumping.
A slam ball is a similar concept, except it’s designed to be repeatedly (and with force) slammed down on the ground with a lot of power.
Like the wall ball, this working can be a great way to build strength and power and maybe let off some steam simultaneously.
The Grumpy Girl Walk
TikTok has been the creation point of several fitness trends over the last couple of years, causing new workouts to quickly catch fire and rise in popularity.
One of those unique fitness trends was the Grumpy Girl Walk, created by TikToker @madiwood_.
The exercise is simple: just walk.
However, this TikTok fitness trend is unique because the motivation and attitude behind the walk inspired many platform users to jump in and participate.
With the Grumpy Girl Walk, there is no “getting ready” for the workout by putting on fancy workout clothes or shoes. There is no preparation or effort to look like you are going to work out.
Quite the opposite.
The Grumpy Girl Walk was so effective and motivating because it was more about removing the fitness illusion of “everything needs to be perfect” and instead took the approach that everything is NOT perfect, and that’s ok.
It was the first TikTok fitness trend that didn’t require makeup and hair to be done to the 10’s, or having the most popular workout gear to make sure the videos looked like everyone was a fitness influencer.
Instead, it created a very “come as you are” culture.
The Grumpy Girl Walk feeds off of the feeling of being imperfect, which can be very motivating for those who feel like they just don’t feel like working out or have what it takes to get it done.
Other Ways To Get Motivated To Work Out At Home
Plenty of other unique fitness ideas can help you get motivated to work out at home.
One unique fitness idea is to create a fun and challenging workout circuit using household items.
For example, you can use chairs for tricep dips, canned goods for arm curls, or milk jugs filled with water for weight lifting.
Not only is this a great way to add some variety to your at-home workouts, but it’s also a great way to save money on local gym memberships or equipment.
Another unique fitness idea is to take advantage of technology and create your own virtual workout buddy.
Plenty of apps and websites allow you to connect with a group of other people working out, and you can even create challenges or friendly competitions to help keep things interesting.
Not only will this help you stay motivated, but it can also make working out more fun and social.
An online fitness class might be a great option as well. With many online options, ranging from martial arts, pole dancing, and yoga, fitness classes offer an at-home option to keep things fresh and engaged.
Finally, one unique fitness idea that is often overlooked is to change up your routine simply.
If you always work out in the morning, try working out at night. If you always do the same three exercises, mix things up and try something new.
At Home Challenges Can Keep You Motivated And Excited
For many, participating in a structured fitness challenge over a specific period can take a monotonous workout routine and make it feel more “meaningful” simply by participating in a challenge with a start and end date and goals to meet.
For example, one of the most popular fitness challenges over the last couple of years is the 75 Hard Challenge, created by 1st Phorm Supplements CEO Andy Frisella.
This fitness challenge has daily requirements which must be met for 75 days straight to complete the challenge, including 2 workouts a day.
For others, a self-imposed fitness challenge with specific requirements might be a needed change of pace that they need to get results from their home workouts.
Running a mile a day, or doing 100 push-ups a day, can be a great supplement to your normal home workout routine that can re-ignite your passion for working out at home.
Final Thoughts On Finding Fun And Unique Fitness Ideas
Home workouts can be tricky to maintain, even with the above-mentioned benefits. Motivation is different at home, and so is keeping focus.
More of both is required, so creating exciting and fun workouts is imperative to stay on track, whether you want to build muscle, lose weight, or just feel generally better how you feel.
While this list of unique fitness workout ideas can help you overcome those obstacles, they are by no means the only new and fun exercises and workouts out there.
Try something new or something you’ve wanted to do for a while. You never know; it might just be the thing that gets you over your at-home hump and puts you a step closer to reaching your goals.
Rob is a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the owner of fizznessshizzness.com. For the past 10 years, Rob has been navigating the health and fitness landscape in a quest to better himself and those around him, focusing on tools such as calorie and macro counting, intermittent fasting, and HIIT training techniques.