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There used to be normal workout, then you learn to work out hard, work out tough, then now it’s extreme workouts. Every year, it seems like there are always some twists and changes on working out. But extreme caution should be exercised as well especially for individuals over 50. Extreme fitness programs are best left to the younger generation who can handle more than regular weight training, ab workouts, cardio, workout routines, and other normal fitness activities.



1- Extreme Fitness Tests

This is the ultimate test for those seeking the most extreme physical activity. Several events are included in this program such as a gruelling marathon race, cross-country race, and other activities to test your endurance. An example to this is the Spartan Death Race which include dead-lifting rocks for 6 hours, hike 45-degree upstream in waist-deep water, and carrying 50 pound logs for 24 hours.


2- Extreme Sports

Extreme or Xtreme sports refer to certain sport activities exhibiting a high level of potetial and inherent danger. These activities involve height, speed, intense physical exertion, and with highly specialized gear. Extreme sports differ from other sports because of the presence of inherently uncontrollable variables. These are frequently terrain and weather related, including water, wind, snow, and mountains. Because all these natural phenomena are beyond control, they inevitably affect and influence the outcome of a particular sport activity or event. Some examples of these popular extreme sports are as follows: Airsoft, Bungee jumping, BMX, Caving, Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Skydiving, Snowmobile, Wakeboarding, Snow skiing, and Surfing.


3- Boot Camp Training

This is a type of physical training program designed for a group and conducted by former military personnel, personal trainers, and gyms. These programs are intended to build fitness and strength commencing with warm up stretching and running, This is followed by numerous variety of physical training, including pushups/situps, plyometrics, lifting weights/objects, and other types of intense routines. Sessions usually end up with yoga stretching and exercises. Nutrition advices are offered as well. The program is called “boot camp” since the training is done in groups and may or may not be outdoors. Also it is sometimes similar to basic military training.


4- High Energy Workouts

While ordinary workouts burn calories, high energy workouts will torch and zap calories, but they will also force your body to go beyond your comfort zone so checking with your doctor may be necessary before taking on this risky challenge.

High energy workouts include power walking on the treadmill for warm up, hard sprinting for 30 seconds at increased speed aiming for 90% maximum heart rate, and squats with dumbbell in both hands, for 20 sets. Continue with 20 overhead presses, 20 push ups, and 20 jumping jacks, alternating with sprints in between. The number of overhead presses, push ups and jumping jacks increases depending on the endurance level of the individual. Other high intensity workouts include indoor cycling, rowing, and swimming all designed to test your endurance.



Overall, the advantages of extreme physical workouts can be, but not limited to, mental, emotional, and physical well-being. But more is observed in the physical aspect like the building of physical strength, stamina, and overall fitness. Then, there is the inevitable camaraderie development especially during team and group exercises which offer a great way for meeting and making friends.

Like most human activities, there is always the negative or the con side like extra cost in money and time, and injuries. The most prominent however is “injuries” which sometimes end in death. But despite the potential risks, people are still attracted to the challenge inherent in extreme sports, than stay in the comfort of their homes. It is for this reason that extreme sports continue to be popular until today.

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