Five serious workouts without weights: no gym required

Let’s face it: not everyone has time to hit the gym. Even if you can, sometimes you just don’t have the time to go as much as you’d like.

Why not get out more and engage in exercise that doesn’t require a membership or a set time? We’ve got your solution. Here are five serious workouts without weights. Read at the Adrenalist..


4 extreme types of polo: elephant polo and more

Polo was first played in Persia (Iran) somewhere between the 6th century BC and the 1st century AD. Yes, polo is seriously old. The classic, original version of the game, which resembles croquet on horseback, hogs the limelight. The sport, however, has also evolved and diversified into all kinds of weird and testing versions. Here are 4 extreme types of polo.

Read at the Adrenalist..

Extreme cyclists

Oct. 27 is the day of the Lowell 50, a classic old world-style cycling road race. This Michigan event takes competitors on a 28- or 50-mile-long ride along the banks of the Flat River and through rural Ionia County on largely unpaved roads. The rough gravel surface probably makes the ride feel five times longer than it is. This race, however, isn’t quite on par with some recent cycling journeys undertaken by riders pushing the limits of the sport.

Meet six of today’s most extreme cyclists.


Lifelong athletes

A new British documentary, Ping Pong, takes an uplifting look at the world of geriatric table tennis. You are never too old to pick up a bat, Ping Pong suggests. Success goes to the young-at-heart and tenacious, according to a filmed Ping Pong senior, who recites a snatch from a poem that says, “life’s battles don’t always go to the one with the better plan. For more often than not, you will win, if only you think you can.”

Meet the lifelong athletes who know they can and still train hard in their twilight years. Read more at the Adrenalist..

Sports of the Extremity Games

The Extremity Games resemble the iconic extreme sports festival, the X Games, but with one vital difference. It is “adaptive,” designed for athletes with amputations and spinal cord injuries. Founded in 2006, the Extremity Games feature a range of competitions and instructional clinics in skateboarding, speed rock climbingwakeboarding, sit-boarding, kayaking and cross country mountain biking and exhibitions of MMA and motocross. To make all of this extreme action possible, a crew of pretty exceptional athletes is needed.

“They have the most amazing stories that would literally make you cringe,” Extremity Games motocross racer Chris Ridgway told the LA Times. “But at the same time they’re not saying, ‘woe is me, I’m down in the dumps.’ They work hard and they still go through a lot of pain, but they’re doing what they want to do. It’s the whole atmosphere around the games that I really love.”

To help you get a sense of all the adrenaline, skill and passion involved in this incredible event, here is a breakdown of five of the sports involved. Read more at the Adrenalist..

The history of swamp soccer

For most people, given all the haring around that it involves, regular soccer poses enough of a fitness challenge. Back in the 90s, however, some extreme Scandinavians decided to push the envelope and play the beautiful game amid sludgy bogland.

Welcome to the squelchy, messy world of swamp soccer.

There is just no denying it – swamp soccer is murder, like rock climbing in a suit of armor. Thank those wacky Finns, who are also responsible for the wife-carrying championship and a mobile phone throwing championship, among other bizarre contests.

Swamp soccer originally served as an exercise activity for Finnish athletes and soldiers. The Scandinavian stalwarts played swamp soccer precisely because trying to be Pele while stomping about a squashy bog is incredibly tough. To be any good, you need buckets of adrenaline and stamina. Read more at the Adrenalist..

Marathon man Dean Karnazes

So you think you’re fit? If you’re comparing yourself to endurance athlete Dean Karnazes, you may want to think again. He makes even dedicated performers look like couch potatoes.

Time named the LA-raised go-getter of Greek extraction one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,”Men’s Fitness hailed Karnazes as one of the fittest men on the planet and Wired described him as the “perfect human”.

No athlete comes closer to being superhuman. Besides having completed 50 marathons in 50 days, Karnazes logs 200 miles for a laugh and races in 120-degree heat.

Not bad for a former marketing executive whose idea of competition was once the rat race. A graduate of San Francisco’s McLaren School of Business and Management, he has worked for several Fortune 500 companies. Read more at the Adrenalist..