A man lies and dreams of green fields and rivers

- Pink Floyd



Dec 22, 2016

Wild (and Weird) Workouts to Change-Up Your Routine

The holiday season (and the free pass to eat seconds) is upon us.


The Outdoor Journal

If your normal training routine is looking a little boring and easy to skip, here are a few of the creative—borderline gimmicky—exercises to inspire you to switch it up.

Get back to nature – in movement

Erwan Le Corre, a French-born ultra runner, rock climber, free diver, grappler, and all-around athlete created MovNat as “a complete and immersive experience with the natural world”. It is a training system designed to reintroduce modern man to the natural movements and escape the overweight, overspecialized beings we’ve become. Encouraging beginners to practice first in a workshop or affiliate gym, which are located all over the world, to start to explore their body’s full range of motion, the idea is to progress to the great outdoorscrawling through bushes, climbing trees, balancing on logs and any other skills our ancestors needed to survive.

Take a (yoga) hike!
Hiking Yoga

Another hybrid-yoga style to add to the list, Hiking Yoga was started in San Francisco by Eric Kipp as a way to integrate his passion for exploring his city and his yoga practice. It is the perfect combination of exercise and enjoying time spent in nature. Urging you to leave your mat behind, they offer fresh air and beautiful views in the various cities Hiking Yoga has now spread to.

Photo © Hiking Yoga

Crowd surfing
Crowd Surf Ready at Gymbox

This past summer, Gymbox and StubHub teamed up to offer music fanatics the ultimate preparation for festival season. Combining cardio and strength training, Crowd Surf Ready teaches you how to lift and be lifted—heavy objects and then each other. With a focus on collaboration, this is a safe and fun environment until you feel ready to make your way to the front of that mosh pit.

Gymbox and Stubhub create a festival fitness class.
Photo © Gymbox.

Become a ninja warrior
Brooklyn Zoo

Even one YouTube clip of American Ninja Warrior is enough to inspire you to want to go climb something. Opening as a parkour training gym, Brooklyn Zoo offers a safe and professional setting to do just thatand much more. With a huge facility, multiple levels of unique structures and a massive trampoline, clients also get the chance to try (and progress in) breakdancing, trampoline, tumbling, tricking (a blend of flips, twists and kicks), dance, and more.

Substitute your breakfast sandwich with a breakfast rave
Morning Gloryville

Born in London in May 2013, Morning Gloryville is the pioneer of sober morning raving in hopes to bring “conscious clubbing” to the world stage—which they have succeeded at as it is now thriving in 14 cities around the world. Part exercise craze and part party, Morning Gloryville goes from 6:30am to 10:30am and empowers people to “rave their way into the day” with inspirational, energizing music, a variety of visual entertainment and even free massages, organic coffee and smoothie bars, yoga and personal motivation from trained and costumed performers. Most ‘clubbers’ are professionals who will suit up and make their way to work afterwards—what an endorphin releasing way to start your day!

Release your inner beast
Zuu Fitness

Another zoo workout on our list, Zuu Fitness was designed in Australia by Nathan Helberg and inspired by the movements of animals. The basic movements used are lunging, squatting, bending, twisting, pushing and pulling, all while mimicking animals like frogs, gorillas and bears. Seeming a little bit silly at first, these primal movements are some of the most natural for our bodies. Plus, there’s got to be some extra release from starting your day with a growl or two.

Have you tried any of these creative ways to workout?

Do you practice any others you think should be on this list?

Feature image © Catarina Alenius Jensen practicing MovNat with Matt Pepper in Gothenburg. Read about their experience here.

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Jul 31, 2018

Kayaking’s Elite Return to India at the Malabar River Festival

During the week of July 18th to 22nd, the Malabar River Festival returned to Kerala, India with one of the biggest cash prizes in whitewater kayaking in the world.



Brooke Hess

A $20,000 purse attracted some of the world’s best kayakers to the region for an epic week battling it out on some of India’s best whitewater.

The kayaking events at Malabar River Festival were held on the Kuttiyadi River, Chalippuzha River, and the Iruvajippuzha River, in South India on the Malabar Coast. The festival was founded and organized by Manik Taneja and Jacopo Nordera of GoodWave Adventures, the first whitewater kayaking school in South India.

Photo: Akash Sharma

“Look out for these guys in the future because there are some future stars there”

One of the goals of the festival is to promote whitewater kayaking in the state of Kerala and encourage locals to get into the sport. One of the event organizers, Vaijayanthi Bhat, feels that the festival plays a large part in promoting the sport within the community.  “The kayak community is building up through the Malabar Festival. Quite a few people are picking up kayaking… It starts with people watching the event and getting curious.  GoodWave Adventures are teaching the locals.”

Photo: Akash Sharma

Vaijayanthi is not lying when she says the kayak community is starting to build up.  In addition to the pro category, this year’s Malabar Festival hosted an intermediate competition specifically designed for local kayakers. The intermediate competition saw a huge turnout of 22 competitors in the men’s category and 9 competitors in the women’s category. Even the professional kayakers who traveled across the world to compete at the festival were impressed with the talent shown by the local kayakers. Mike Dawson of New Zealand, and the winner of the men’s pro competition had nothing but good things to say about the local kayakers. “I have so much respect for the local kayakers. I was stoked to see huge improvements from these guys since I met them in 2015. It was cool to see them ripping up the rivers and also just trying to hang out and ask as many questions about how to improve their paddling. It was awesome to watch them racing and making it through the rounds. Look out for these guys in the future because there are some future stars there.”

Photo: Akash Sharma


“It was awesome because you had such a great field of racers so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake”

Vaijayanthi says the festival has future goals of being named a world championship.  In order to do this, they have to attract world class kayakers to the event.  With names like Dane Jackson, Nouria Newman, Nicole Mansfield, Mike Dawson, and Gerd Serrasolses coming out for the pro competition, it already seems like they are doing a good job of working toward that goal! The pro competition was composed of four different kayaking events- boatercross, freestyle, slalom, and a superfinal race down a technical rapid. “The Finals of the extreme racing held on the Malabar Express was the favourite event for me. It was an epic rapid to race down. 90 seconds of continuous whitewater with a decent flow. It was awesome because you had such a great field of racers so you had to push it and be on your game without making a mistake.” says Dawson.

Photo: Akash Sharma

The impressive amount of prize money wasn’t the only thing that lured these big name kayakers to Kerala for the festival. Many of the kayakers have stayed in South India after the event ended to explore the rivers in the region. With numerous unexplored jungle rivers, the possibilities for exploratory kayaking are seemingly endless. Dawson knows the exploratory nature of the region well.  “I’ve been to the Malabar River Fest in 2015. I loved it then, and that’s why I’ve been so keen to come back. Kerala is an amazing region for kayaking. In the rainy season there is so much water, and because the state has tons of mountains close to the sea it means that there’s a lot of exploring and sections that are around. It’s a unique kind of paddling, with the rivers taking you through some really jungly inaccessible terrain. Looking forward to coming back to Kerala and also exploring the other regions of India in the future.”


For more information on the festival, visit: http://www.malabarfest.com/

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