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Listen Up, Fitness Rebels: Here Are Boston's Craziest Workouts

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Welcome to Fitness Week: five days of workout coverage, so that you can start your New Year's resolutions off right.


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Those looking for an unconventional workout in the Boston area might feel hard pressed to find options in a sea of Pilates, cycling, and circuit training. But fear not! We've done the work for you. Time to acquaint yourself with five wild workouts, several of which involve some air time.

ESH CIRCUS ARTS
No doubt some of us have dreamed about flying through the air, a goal which Somerville's own Esh Circus Arts is helping students achieve. The circus school's winter session begins January 20, with registration for classes including Aerial Skills, Cirque Fit, and Aerial Yoga open as of this week. Class drop-in rates range between $20 and $35, while the eight-week training sessions run between $135 and $235 depending on specialty.

KANGOO JUMPS
Boylston Street's Gypsy Rose Dancing studio was the first to introduce pole dancing classes to New England—and now, it offers the only certified Kangoo Jumps program in the city. What, you may ask, is a Kangoo? Oh just some bizarre bouncy pogo stick-like boots. The one hour class is limited to six students at a time and runs $25 (including the shoe rental). Because who doesn't want to mimic a kangaroo while working on buns of steel?

PARKOUR
If you want to literally bounce off buildings and climb walls, it might require more than a meager thirty minutes a day, but a couple local programs will help you try. A group called Motion Revolution has occasional indoor parkour intro workshops, with one coming up Sunday at Wai Kru gym in Allston from 2pm to 3pm with open gym time the following hour ($10). Meanwhile, Parkour Generations America teaches both indoor and outdoor classes around town for adults and children throughout the week ($8-$15 per class).


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NAKED YOGA FOR MEN
Those who can get down with totally naked downward dogging might want to check out Naked Yoga for Men. The Cambridge studio has been welcoming dudes who don't mind baring it all for more than a decade. Find info on its twice-weekly classes here.

TRAMPOLINING
SkyZone, a national chain of trampoline gyms with locations in Hyde Park and Everett, utilizes its expansive spread jump-ready trampolines for various group fitness activities. SkyRobics is scheduled several times a week ($12 per class) claims to burn up to 1,000 calories per hour in combining aerobics with SkyZone's patented, all-trampoline, walled playing courts. You can also join a 3D Dodgeball league.
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