I am looking for a sport which involves the whole body in its workout and is kinda dynamic/energetic. It should work, more or less, as an improvement in strenght, flexibility, agility, power, coordination and endurance. To give you an example, I would like to be able to perform ( or at least some of them ) movements like those by good dancers, breakdancers or parkour guys ( but none of those mentioned interest me ).
I am 23 years old thin guy, with no particular experience in that kind of physical exercies, but I would like to do it only for the sake of it - I don't plan to participate in any competitions.
I was thinking about gymnastics, but I am not sure if there are any schools/courses for regular people.
Gymnastics maybe the only other sport comparable to the dancing styles you mentioned.
Have you looked into any combat sports? Specifically boxing and Muay Thai? They can provide great conditioning while working on overall athleticism. Generally, classes run 1 to 2 hours with 3 minute/2 minute rounds at high intensity with a 50 second rest between rounds. You will do a mixture of heavy bag, pad work (think rocky hitting the trainers hands), speed bag, and sparring drills. Just make sure you are in a gym that focuses on foot work (that is how you know they are for real).
For strength gains, I would look at a strength training program 3 times per week. I lifted weights for years to no avail before starting Starting Strength last fall. It was like the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy woke up and everything is in color.
Find an indoor rock climbing gym and get to it! Seriously fun and a killer total body dynamic workout.
I was lucky enough to have a membership to a gym for a couple years after college and I got seriously strong and the challenge is incredible. Nothing like finishing a route that you've been working for a couple weeks.
Then, when you get some basic skills/conditioning under your belt, you can go outdoors and climb some REAL rocks!
Why not parkour? That's pretty much exactly what you described. You can meet up with people on this site: http://parkour.meetup.com/ or look into classes at your local gym or clubs. Both of the universities I've attended have had parkour clubs that met twice a week to generally leap around the city. It involves a lot of challenging, dynamic movement that acquired agility, combined skills, spontaneous movements, and strategy. A lot of the moves you learn can be applied to gymnastics which you could pursue once you built up a skill base (though jumping into gymnastics is not an easy thing- there aren't really any beginners classes for adults, from what I remember of my gymnastics gym). It's a non-competitive totally free activity with no previous experience needed. Much easier to just hop into!
Rowing includes everything but the balance/dance aspect, and it requires just about no training/learning curve. It's excellent cardio conditioning, builds muscle, coordination, and focus. I'm a big rower, so I'm a bit biased, but just throwing it in there.
Tae bo with Billy Blanks :)
Ok, how about boxing or arnis (Filipino stick fighting)? You could always take some different dance classes too, for variety, such as hip hop, breaking, pop and lock, salsa or whatever.
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