Unleash Your Inner Athlete: Exploring Alternative Sports in South Africa
Sports have always been associated with athleticism, teamwork, and competition. But what if you don’t fit the traditional mould of a sports enthusiast?
Perhaps you were never the star athlete in school, or you find team sports intimidating. Maybe a bunch of deep-chested ‘hoorahs!’ and flat-handed shoulder slaps that were slightly harder on the body than you wanted to admit. Don’t worry! You’re not alone.
There’s a whole world of alternative sports out there waiting for you to explore. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the exciting realm of alternative sports and discover the best places in South Africa to engage in these activities.
Plus! We’ll show you which Trojan equipment can help you train to be your best self and gain the most out of your newly found recreational activity. Remember, anyone can start training for any sport, at any time. The limitations are only in your mind, and an “athlete” doesn’t look like just one thing.
Unveiling the World of Alternative Sports
Alternative sports encompass a diverse range of activities that go beyond the traditional realm of mainstream sports. They cater to individuals seeking unique challenges, unconventional training methods, and the opportunity to express their athleticism in non-traditional ways.
These sports often emphasise personal growth, creativity, and self-expression, allowing participants to find their own path to success. Popular alternative sports include rock climbing, mountain biking, roller derby, sword fighting or fencing, trail running, and surfing. These activities offer exhilarating experiences, physical exertion, and a sense of adventure that can’t be found in more conventional sports. Plus, you look very, very cool doing them. Which is always an added bonus.
Location, Location, Location: Where to Find Alternative Sports
The short answer is “everywhere.” South Africa boasts an abundance of stunning locations where alternative sports enthusiasts can indulge in their passion. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of scaling towering cliffs, gliding on wheels (that are literally strapped to your body), or riding the waves, this beautiful, diverse country has it all.
For rock climbing, head to the majestic peaks of Mpumalanga’s Waterfall Boven, or even the world-renowned crags of the Western Cape’s Cederberg Wilderness Area, also known as Rocklands. OR you can start at the local rock-climbing gym in your area. Trust us, you’re bound to find one near you. Look for the guys in the Patagonia jackets and rolled up beanies and you’ve hit the jackpot.
Nature lovers can explore the breath-taking trails of Table Mountain, Magaliesberg or the Kruger National Park for unforgettable trail running experiences, suited to every level of experience. And for the ultimate surfing adventure? The beaches of Durban, Cape Town, and Jeffreys Bay offer world-class waves that will leave you exhilarated.
Rock Climbing: Conquer Heights and Your Upper Body Strength
Rock climbing is a thrilling sport that challenges both physical strength and mental acuity. To conquer heights with confidence, you need the right equipment and patience to learn the climbing techniques you need to “send” every rocky problem.
We recommend first joining a local rock climbing and bouldering club to (mind the pun) learn the ropes of this sport. If the proper safety measures are not followed, this sport can be risky, so it demands respect for procedures and quality gear that includes harnesses, climbing ropes, and climbing shoes. With these reliable and durable tools, you can scale new heights and explore the stunning rock formations that South Africa has to offer.
As mentioned, strength and agility are essential components that you want to build on. With Trojan’s range of weights, you can train your upper body strength, starting with light weights and then working your way up to perhaps using the Outdoor Power Tower, if outside fitness is really your thing here. To increase your full body flow and movement, we recommend incorporating a Trojan endurance rower or an elliptical into your home gym setup, building your body’s momentum to manage strength.
Trail Running: Navigate Nature with Ease
Trail running combines the exhilaration of running with the beauty of nature. Essential equipment for trail runners includes proper running shoes, lightweight backpacks, and hydration systems. And a whole lot of mental strength. Galloping up mountains is a battle of will too!
To build up your cardio and agility, the Trojan Pro Series FreeRunner is the perfect treadmill that you can use even during load-shedding. Neat! It features three HIIT-specific interval programmes and four target programmes to train on time and distance while burning calories. You’ll also want to strengthen those knees and ankles by cross-training with low-impact sports like yoga. The Trojan small equipment selection has everything you need to get that started. What’s great about trail running is that anyone can start any time and literally anywhere there is a trail. Check out our beginners’ guide here.
Surfing: Catch Waves with the Right Gear
Surfing allows you to ride those majestic tunnels and profoundly connect with the ocean and mother nature. Trojan offers a selection of home gym equipment to help build your strength, balance and cardio, skills that are essential to get the best out of each wave. It’s about to get gnarly, dude!
At home, challenge yourself with a daily session on the spinner to exercise your cardio and increase your overall fitness levels while building leg muscles. With the right equipment, you can confidently paddle out and catch those thrilling waves that South Africa’s coastlines have to offer. Cowabunga.
Training for Alternative Sports with Trojan Equipment
To excel in alternative sports, it’s essential to engage in targeted training, designed to strengthen specific movements. Trojan equipment can assist you in building strength, improving agility, and enhancing overall performance. Whether it’s resistance bands, weightlifting equipment, or even full home gyms, Trojan provides the tools to take your training to the next level. You’re an athlete, so train like one.
Ready to embrace the unconventional, step out of your comfort zone, and unleash your inner athlete in the world of alternative sports? Go get-em tiger! The thrill of the unknown awaits you!