The six weirdest recent fitness trends

Some of these I have heard of.. but some of them I’m really not too sure about! What are your thoughts?


Millions watched on YouTube as ‘the Prancercise woman’, Joanna Rohrback, galloped and pranced around like a dancing show horse.  It’s regarded as exercise, and no greater authority than quasi-celeb Kelly Osbourne recently declared she is taking to it. It’s low intensity, and your elation is meant to dictate your exercise pattern. I’m laughing so hard, I’ve had my core workout for the day.

In the videos I’ve seen, not even the horses can stand to watch Prancercise.  I would gladly exhibit my un-rhythmic Zumba moves before I’d voluntarily look that idiotic.

Barefoot running

I still see people running barefoot through major cities.  And I don’t mean with the various minimalist shoes that are plentiful on the market.  What I mean is – no socks, no shoes – just barefoot on our cities’ pavements.  It looks odd, and it’s flat-out dangerous.

First of all, your running form had better be 100 per cent perfect, or the pounding on your feet and joints will result in severe pain.  Secondly, have you ever noticed all the shrapnel on a city street?  From needles to rocks, food to dog droppings … none of which I want my feet to land on or have squished between my toes.

Naked yoga

Articles keep popping up on my screen about yoga in the nude. (Or maybe that’s just to do with my web surfing habits.) Still, doesn’t it sound so wonderfully Zen, so close to nature?

Sure, I’m on board with it, right up until the bit where I’d cop an eyeful of someone’s dangly bits, and witness more exposed rolls than a German bakery. There’s also the potential to cop a whiff of body odours of all sorts and – dare I mention the unmentionable – the undertone of perverted arousal that must surely permeate each class


Want to go for a goj?  Yes, that’s ‘jog’ backwards.  People are running backwards because studies say it’s less harmful on the knees due to a softer stride, while more muscles are activated than a conventional run.

I don’t buy it. We drive forward, walk forward, ride bikes forward … because we were designed with eyes that look forward.

If you’re on a normal jog and trip over, you can usually avoid injury with a body roll, a stutter-step, or at least bracing yourself with your hands to save a face-plant. Running backwards, a fall means the back of your head will most likely bear the brunt. Hello, concussion.

Anti-gravity yoga

It’s yoga in the air. Performing yoga moves while suspended in silk hammocks hanging from the ceiling is a risky move.

I’ll have my yoga on the floor, thank you.  Let’s leave this to the professionals, such as Cirque de Soleil artists, Pink, and anti-G yoga founder, Broadway dancer and gymnastic specialist Christopher Harrison.

Oil pulling

Swishing a spoonful of coconut oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes is said to be a workout for your mouth, and it’s called oil pulling.

It’s an ancient Ayurvedic practice, and believers tout whiter teeth, better oral health, headache and skin irritation alleviation, weight loss, better kidney function, and so much more.


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