Action Sports for Men Seeking Thrill as well as a Workout

November 04, 2015

Action Sports To Get You Ripped But May Kill You Doing It

Ditch the office humdrum and half-arsed gym regimen and challenge yourself with workouts that come with a side order of death.
When the clock strikes five around Australia, thousands of men drag themselves from behind their desks and head home to eat, sleep and then repeat the next day.
For those who hit the gym, many find themselves enduring the same monotonous unchallenging workouts. Staying in shape never used to be so pedestrian, and being a man never so dull.
For precisely this reason, we are seeing a surge in the number of men taking up action sports in a bid to reignite that adrenaline fire, muster some fear and develop their fitness. If you want to get in the best shape of your life and train your inner caveman at the same time, check out these sports.
They will get you ripped and light a fire in your soul at the same time >
Action Sport: Dodgeball
Ben Stiller Dodgenall

History: Once a brutal and deadly game played in Africa, where they used rocks as opposed to balls.

Muscles Worked:Deltoids // Pectorals // Triceps - Boasts a high cardio factor.

Athlete of note:Ben Stiller was a competitive and self-confessed 'angry' dodgeball player during his youth and channeled that energy for his starring role in the 2004 film ‘Dodgeball’. 

Kill Factor: VERY LOW. However, injuries are rife such as broken necks, dislocated fingers, broken noses and torn rotator cuffs.

Survival Tip: Avoid repeated shots to the cranium. 

Where do I sign up?:DODGEBALLAUSTRALIA

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Action Sport: Paintball

Paintball

History: The first recorded game was held (officially) in 1981, with a few friends competing against one another in the woods. One of the players was a Sports Illustrated writer, who published an article about it, and the rest is history.

Muscles Worked: Overall body workout - very high cardio factor. 

Athlete of note: Scott Kemp

Kill Factor:MODERATE. A few recorded deaths and countless injuries including lesions, blinding, and falls on a paintball field. 

Survival Tip: Keep your mask on.

Where do I sign up?:MINISTRYOFPAINTBALL

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Action Sport: Obstacle Course Racing

Tough Mudder

History:Obstacle course began in modern times with its application to various military training and testing protocols. However OCR blasted onto the world stage with Tough Mudder in 2010, garnering nearly 5000 participants for the first race, and now as a company is worth over $70 million dollars.

Muscles Worked:Extreme endurance workout and general upper body strength. 

Athlete of note: Andrew Pap

Kill Factor:MODERATE. Tough Mudder has one recorded death however other similar obstacle course have multiple deaths recorded; drownings being the main cause. However injuries are common including hypothermia, heart attacks and ankle injuries.

Survival Tip: Train long and hard in preparation for an obstacle race.

Where do I sign up?:SR or TM

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Action Sport:Rock Climbing 

Chris Sharma Rock climbing Fit

History: Graduating from mountainous necessity in the late 19th century to sporting endeavour. With numerous offshoots such as indoor rock climbing, bouldering and free climbing to name but a few.

Muscles Worked: Forearms // Abdominals // Back // Biceps // Quadriceps - Extreme cardio vascular workout, as well as being great for developing grip strength. 

Athlete of note:Chris Sharma

Kill Factor: VERY HIGH. Dozens of deaths per year. 

Survival Tip: Stay indoors and don't watch Cliffhanger before a climb. 

Where do I sign up?: Find a rock to climb, or head here.

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Action Sport: MMA 

Conor McGregor Exercise

History:Pankration, the ancient combat sport, was a mix of grappling and striking skills. More recently, MMA (mixed martial arts) competition can be traced throughout Europe, Japan and the Pacific Rim, as early as the 1900's. 1980 saw the first regulated MMA league in the USA. 

Muscles Worked: Abdominals // Biceps // Triceps // Back - Extreme overall cardio and conditioning workout. 

Athlete of note:Conor McGregor

Kill Factor:EXTREME. A low amount of sanctioned event recorded deaths, but due to the young age of the sport little statistical inference can be drawn. A 2006 study compares the risk to that of professional boxing, but injuries in the shoulders and legs are higher due to the grappling aspect of the sport. 

Survival Tip: Don't fight over enthusiastic newcomers... and don't be one.

Where do I sign up?:AFCMMA

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Action Sport: Motorsport

Senna Pensive Gallantoro

History: The first pre-arranged race took place in 1867 in sunny old England. 1887 saw the first organised racing competition, but it wasn't until the 1930's that racers went from driving from expensive road cars to purpose built racing machines. 

Muscles Worked: Trapezius // Biceps // Triceps // Deltoids. The most extreme fitness is required, with drivers in F1 for example, peaking heart rates at over 200bpm during a race.

Athlete of note: Carl Edwards

Kill Factor: INSANE. You don't even need to be a driver to be killed or injured, with crew members, officials and spectators all having paid the ultimate price. 

Survival Tip: Don't do a Cole Trickle. Don't hit the pace car.

Where do I sign up?:KARTINGAUSTRALIA

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Action Sport:Lacrosse

Lacrosse Throw Gallantoro

History:The Native Americans invented the full contact and high intensity sport of Lacrosse as early as 1100AD. Was once called 'stickball'.

Muscles Worked: Quadriceps // Hamstrings // Calves // Pectorals // Triceps // Biceps. Everything, really.

Athlete of note:Paul Rabil

Kill Factor: HIGH. Dozens of deaths recorded with the main culprit being ball strikes to the chest.

Survival Tip: Invest in the best protective gear and suit up!

Where do I sign up?:LACROSSEAUSTRALIA

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Action Sport:Downhill Mountain Biking

Insane Downhill Mountain Biking

History:Developing from recreation to competitive sport in the mid 70's, downhill biking has grown in popularity massively, particularly for the adrenaline skiing junkies who bike down ski slopes that have dried up in the summer.

Muscles Worked:Abdominals // Leg Muscles // Biceps // Forearms

Athlete of note: Jared Graves

Kill Factor: LOW. Take basic safety precautions and you will live. Be prepared for some bones breaking when you tumble though. 

Survival Tip: Avoid cliffs.

Where do I sign up?: MOUNTAINBIKEAUSTRALIA

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Action Sport: Parkour

Bond Parkour

History: Tracing its roots back to the WW1 era and its use on military obstacle courses, Parkour didn't come to popular culture until Frenchman David Belle began training by traversing the streets of Lisses, via running, climbing, vaulting and rolling.

Muscles Worked: Back // Biceps // Quadriceps // Forearms

Athlete of note:David Belle

Kill Factor:MODERATE. A few deaths recorded from high falls. However, joint injuries are rife in the sport.

Survival Tip: Respect gravity. 

Where do I sign up?:PARKOURAUSTRALIA

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Action Sport: Mountaineering 

Everest Climb

History: Ever since Frodo and Sam trekked through mountain ranges on their way to Mount Doom, men have been hiking mountains and traversing rough terrain, evolving into a sport in the 1850's. 

Muscles Worked: Whatever muscles you possess, prepare for all of them to be in substantial pain. 

Athlete of note:Bear Grylls

Kill Factor: EXTREME. More deaths than a Rambo film. 

Survival Tip: Play Russian roulette instead. It's safer.

Where do I sign up?: AUSTRALIANSCHOOLOFMOUNTAINEERING 

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First Published on GQ.com.au // October 15, 2015 


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