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6 sports that can rip your body up

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If you're getting tired of the boredom and monotony of the gym, then it might be time to add a sport to help you achieve your fitness goals. Here are 6 popular sports that can help you to lose weight and get ripped. (View Slideshow)

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Adding a sport to your active lifestyle is a great way to break up the monotony the gym can sometimes lead to. It is also great for the overall conditioning of the body. Here is why:

1. Functional Movement

Some sports, like the ones listed in the slideshow, are excellent for shedding unwanted fat and ripping up the body. The reason why these sports are so effective is that they work the entire body in a functional way. Whereas weightlifting and weight training in general can be limited and can seem robotic at times, these sports require body movements that are more fluid and functional.

2. Aerobic Exercise and Fat Calorie Burning

Getting the body constantly in motion in sports is a great way to burn fat, lose weight, and tone up all while having fun doing it. In a typical match or game using these sports, you can expect to burn anywhere from 400 calories to 1000 calories or more depending on your body weight and how long you play them for.

3. Having Fun

Even the most die hard weightlifters will admit that heading to the gym to workout every day as their only form of activity can lose its' fun at times. Sports add an element of interconnections and socializing that is different compared to that of the gym. They also add a new kind of challenge, all still while aiding in fat burning and ab ripping.

4. Sports Can Shock the Muscles into Change

Some of these sports require the muscles to work in ways they'd be unaccustomed to in the gym with machines and weights. High repetition is a requirement in sports, and while most of high reps primarily aid in endurance muscle fiber training (Type I fibers), they are still enough to tone and shape the muscles, particularly, the legs, abs, arms, and shoulders.

So try adding any or some of these 6 challenging sports that can help aid in your fitness goals of weight loss and toning up the body. What are some other of your favorite sports for getting in top physical condition? (View Slideshow).