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10 Weird Workouts

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Punk Rock Workouts
Punk aerobics instructor Hilken Mancini teaches a move called "You Be the Star Air Guitar."
Punk aerobics instructor Hilken Mancini teaches a move called "You Be the Star Air Guitar."
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Music and exercise go hand in hand, but the type of music you're likely to hear at the gym is mostly radio-friendly, poppy dance hits. Rarely do you hear the strains of the Sex Pistols or the Stooges -- rarely, that is, unless you're into punk aerobics.

Can you really be punk if you do aerobics? Of course; everyone needs to exercise, but this workout helps people break out of the "fascist fitness regime," as co-founder Maura Jasper put it to the New York Times [source: Kilgannon]. Rather than working out in a fluorescent-lit gym, these punks exercise in the same clubs where they see shows at night, complete with the odor of beer and cigarettes. If you want to show off the latest in workout fashion, this is not the workout for you -- you're more likely to see torn fishnets and army jackets.

But just because these folks are counterculture doesn't mean they're opposed to getting a good workout. An hour-long class of vigorous aerobics set to punk's greatest hits may also include a moshing session and weightlifting with spray-painted bricks. Looking for more punk workouts? There's also punk rock yoga, in which you're more likely to say "oi!" than "om," and punk rope, which involves jumping rope and aerobic conditioning.


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