9 Part Guide to Bigger CHEST (if clicking doesn't work- right click and hit "Save link As")
Most everyone wishes they were in better shape, but the problem is that many people also find the thought of going to the gym not to their liking. Of course, there’s no reason that your fear or hatred of working out at the gym has to stop you from meeting your fitness goals. In fact, it can actually open up a whole new world of excitement and adventure to you. All of the following solo sports can help scope and tone your body, and all have the added benefit of being a heck of a lot more fun than hitting the gym or treadmill.Follow @AboutLifting
If you happen to live in a particularly windy area with a decent-sized body of water, no matter whether it’s a small lake or the open ocean, you’ve definitely got to give kiteboarding a try. Something along the lines of wakeboarding mixed with paragliding, kiteboarding provides an incredible total body workout and just also happens to be tons of fun.
Although it can be a bit challenging to get the hang of it at first, you’re sure to be hooked from the first moment you feel the thrill of being propelled across the water and launching yourself off the wakes. As your feet are usually attached to the board via bindings, you’ll soon find yourself able to pull off incredible flips and tricks simply by using your legs and upper body.
As proven by former presidential candidate and Secretary of State John Kerry, kiteboarding isn’t just for younger guys (or girls). This is great news, as exercise is one of the best ways to naturally boost testosterone levels, which is important considering that around 13 million American men suffer from low testosterone.
Some people think that mountain biking only gives your legs a workout, and while this may be true for other types of cycling, you’ll find out that this definitely isn’t a case the first time you try launching yourself down a mountain bike trail. The sport is great for helping to improve your balance, and it also gives your arms, abs and entire upper body a great workout as you twist and turn your way down the trail.
Another huge benefits mountain biking provides is in terms of your cardiovascular health.
In fact, there are few things that will get your heart pumping more than flying down the side of a mountain on two wheels which is definitely important considering that cardiovascular disease is the number one leading cause of death in the US.
Even if you don’t live anywhere near the mountains, the odds are fairly good that there are at least a few mountain biking trails somewhere in your vicinity. All you need to do is find out where they are and then get out and ride. If you’re a beginner to MBT, don’t bother investing too much in a bike. You can find extremely good mountain bikes for under 300$.
For those who live along the coast or anywhere near a river, creek or lake, kayaking offers up an excellent workout for your hips, abs, pecs and arms. Although it can definitely be the most dangerous of the solo sports on this list, it can also be the most relaxing. This is because you don’t necessarily have to brave the wild whitewater to enjoy the benefits kayaking provides.
Simply paddling along the coast, down the river or across the lake can give you a great workout, while also providing plenty of quiet time for thinking and reflection. Still, if excitement and adventure is what you’re looking for, you’ll find that kayaking definitely fits the bill. However, whitewater kayaking should only ever be done with a partner due to the high risk involved.
Rock climbing is another extreme sport that can result in you becoming truly ripped. The problem is that it requires a lot of equipment and training, and it’s also best done with a partner for safety reasons. However, bouldering allows you to enjoy most of the same benefits of rock climbing without all the risk or need for expensive equipment.
In essence, bouldering is just rock climbing without equipment. Of course, since you won’t be wearing a rope and safety harness, you’ll obviously not want to climb anything that’s too high or dangerous. Still, you can easily find thousands of popular outdoor bouldering spots all across the country, not to mention the numerous indoor bouldering and rock climbing gyms.
(also don’t forget to replenish your body’s water stores)
This is another sport that provides a fantastic total body workout as it requires no small amount of upper and lower body strength to pull yourself up along the wall or rock face. In fact, numerous celebrities have used bouldering or rock climbing specifically to help them get in shape, including Jennifer Aniston, Kristen Stewart and “50 Shades of Grey” star Jamie Dornan.
If you’re looking to get into better shape, all of the above activities are outstanding ways to do so. Not only are these sports great for burning calories and working most or all of your muscle groups, but they’ll also quickly help you improve your balance and flexibility, potentially resulting in you being the best shape of your life.0