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Nine sports that often get overlooked.

You’re never too old to start getting involved in sports. Luckily, if you don’t enjoy the usual sports, there are still tons of options for you. There are some sports you need to play as a team and others you can enjoy all on your own. So whether you have a group of friends looking for something to do on the weekends or you’re tired of staying home alone and want to get out and be more active, there’s a sport out there for you. Check out these ports that often get overlooked.

Badminton is similar to tennis in that you must use a racquet over a net. However, players hit a shuttlecock instead of a ball while trying to avoid letting it hit the ground. Badminton can be played with larger teams but is most commonly played as singles or doubles matches. It’s important that you get the right shoes for badminton as you would for tennis.

Ultimate Frisbee
Ultimate frisbee is a team sport where players use a frisbee. Developed in the late 1960s, this sport is similar to other traditional sports but self-officiating. In the US, ultimate frisbee has a professional organization called the Ultimate Players Association (UPA), now called USA Ultimate. 

As we’ve mentioned, ultimate frisbee is a team sport and a point is scored when one team catches the disc in another team’s end zone, similar to American football.

Golf uses a club and ball with the main goal to get the ball in a hole in the fewest number of strokes possible. Unlike other ball games, golf does not have a standardized playing area, so players must cope with the terrain. Golf is played on a course with 18 holes, and all players tee off from the same area. While golf is a fairly popular recreational sport, pros who practice golf swings can make millions of dollars playing on the green and through sponsorships.

Disc Golf
While ultimate frisbee is similar to other traditional sports, disc golf is most like regular golf. Disc golf is an individual sport where players play against each other to try to get their disc into a pin in the fewest number of throws possible. Similar to golf, disc golf has a par. However, players throw into a pin with chains rather than a hole in the ground with disc golf. Disc golf isn’t a new sport and even has its own channel called the Disc Golf Network (DGN). Even though you may not have heard of disc golf at the competitive level, this sport was invented in the early 1900s and has been gaining momentum and popularity in recent years. Now, disc golf pros can make hundreds of thousands of dollars playing their sport and through sponsorships with disc companies.

Fencing is a sport where two players face off by twirling their swords and gracefully moving their feet and arms until someone wins. Of course, fencing is not dangerous as both players wear padding, and the swords are relatively small and dull. Fending is popular in countries like France and Italy.

Water Polo
Water polo is similar to volleyball, but it’s played in the water. Water polo combines speed and strength with goals on each end of a pool. The winner of this game is the team that scores the most points by getting the ball in the net. However, this sport is made increasingly more difficult because players cannot touch the bottom of the pool and instead must tread water throughout the game. Players can move the ball by throwing it or swimming with the ball in front of them. However, they can only hold the ball in one hand. There are 13 players on a team, but only seven are allowed in the water at one time. The players move around the pool continuously to try to score a goal. Water Polo is a great sport to try out if you’re finding you’re not getting as much out of the gym as you would like.

Sumo Wrestling
Sumo wrestling is a contact sport in which two participants try to force each other outside of the ring or pin them down. Sumo originated in Japan, where it’s the only place in the world where it’s considered a national sport. Sumo wrestlers live differently than most athletes, though. They are required to live in sumo training stables, and their meals are dictated by strict tradition.

Chess Boxing
Chess boxing combines chess and boxing, one game that takes patience and strategy and another that uses physical contact to beat an opponent. In chess boxing, two opponents play alternating rounds of chess and boxing until one wins by knockout or checkmate. Like regular chess, you can also win the game through a time penalty. Chess boxing is played in a boxing ring using boxing equipment and rules with a chess table and board also in the ring. The chess equipment is moved out of the ring when the boxing begins.

Underwater Hockey
Underwater Hockey, also called Octopush, is a sport played around the world. It’s a limited-contact sport in which two teams try to move a puck across the bottom of a pool into the opposite team’s goal. They use hockey sticks, also known as pushers, to move the puck. Unfortunately, players are not allowed to use scuba gear or other breathing equipment while playing, so they’re forced to hold their breath while underwater. Octopush originated in England and is now played worldwide.

There are many different sports that are far from the traditional ones you see everyone play. As such, you have a wide range of options to choose from if you’d like to try something new. Because these sports are often overlooked, it may take some time to learn how to play them, but by doing so, you may aim to be one of the best players of this sport.

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Nathan Lloyd

I’ve been in and around fitness my whole adult life. I love the fitness industry and love my job. I have a real passion in helping others! My passion for fitness probably stemmed from my 9-year career in the British Army. This then led me onto to do a degree in Sport Science. I graduated from university with a first-class honours Degree!

I have experience with training elite athletes in Women’s Football, providing fitness sessions for a female Netball Team, elite Sailing team at youth level and providing fitness tests for Southampton FC’s under 23’s. My time in university I managed to design and implement my own Goalkeeper agility test that was used at an elite level. Finally, my name is on a published article, which is physiology based. My experience gives me all the tools as a Personal Trainer needed to guide you along your fitness journey, regardless of age, gender or fitness ability.

On the rare occasion my life doesn’t revolve around fitness I follow different sports, but mainly my beloved Liverpool Football Club (Don’t let that put you off).

My extensive experience and qualifications give me all the tools needed to successfully help you hit your goals. But it’s my passion and love for my job that I believe makes me the right personal trainer for you!