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​We've all been there before...

The workout slump.  You're tired of going to the gym, lack motivation, and just can't get through your daily workout properly.

Nothing sets back progress like a good ol'-fashioned slump.

But you can't let it get you down! It's time to dust off your motivation, find your resolve, and kick your own butt into gear.a

One of the best ways to get out of a slump is to change things up.

Either change up your workout, change up your schedule, or change up the exercises you do.

If you want to beat those blues, here are 7 new types of exercise to add to your workout routine.

P.S. ​The last one is pretty awesome, I just gave it a try :)

Sprint Training

Nothing causes a slump faster than jogging for 45 to 60 minutes a day, every day.

Changing things up with some HIIT sprint training can help you get through your cardio in far less time!

Spend just 20 minutes per day at the track, on the hills, or in your gym practicing your sprints, and you'll burn more calories and boost your motivation.

Heavy Rope Workouts

If you've never tried a heavy rope workout, you haven't lived.

Nothing makes you feel more like a Samson than flinging around weighted ropes, and it's a fun way to blast through both your cardio and muscle-building routines at the same time.

Heavy ropes (or "battle ropes" if you want to be truly hardcore) blast your arms, shoulders, chest, and back, and you'll feel amazing after hitting the workout just once a week. It's something to look forward to!

CrossFit Workouts

CrossFit will push you to your absolute limits.

CrossFit is pretty hard on your body, but it's a program designed to avoid slumps. With lots of workouts to choose from, new movements you'd never find at a regular gym (like Kipping Pull-Ups, Box Jumps, and more), and the camaraderie of fellow WODKillaz, it's a slump-defeating workout to consider!

Sledgehammer Workout

Take out your frustration with a solid sledgehammer workout

Imagine swinging a 10-pound sledgehammer around for 30 to 45 minutes, and you can see what an awesome, unique workout it would be.

You'll feel like a strongman, and you'll shred some serious muscle in half the time.

Full Body Movements

No more isolating your muscles, no more "Back Day" or "Leg Day".

With full body movements like Jump Squats, Burpees, and Lunge Curls, you work your upper and lower body together.

You can blast every muscle in your body in a single day, giving you more time to focus on Yoga, martial arts, cardio, stretching, or bodyweight movements on your day off.

Indian Gada Workout

Using a mace to get fit.

Train with a mace and feel like a warrior! "Gada" is the Hindi name for "mace", and the Gada workout trains you in the fighting styles that Hindi warriors of old used.

You get a full body workout swinging around a 10-pound mace, combining fighting arts with an excellent muscle-building routine!


Get shredded by carrying around trees? How much more badass can you get?

The name of this workout is short for "Move Naturally", and that's exactly what the workout is all about! The workout forces you to do realistic tasks like lift logs, carry stones, and run waist deep in water. It's the sort of workout you see Marines and Navy SEALs doing, and it's a way to push your body to its limits without increasing your risk of injury.

DO NOT let yourself get into a slump, as that will slow down your progress big-time.

Instead, find new and enjoyable ways to get your workout in, such as these awesomely unconventional exercises and workouts listed above.

So, have YOU tried anything 'weird' to get you out of a gym slump? Let me know in the comments...​

About the author

Andy Peloquin

Some people get lucky and are born with fit, toned bodies. Andy Peloquin is not one of those people... Fitness has come hard for him, and he's had to work for it. His trials have led him to becoming a martial artist, an NFPT-certified fitness trainer, and a man passionate about exercise, diet and healthy living. He loves to exercise--he does so five days a week--and loves to share his passion for fitness and health with others.

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