Log jam

No of­fense to pad­dle­board­ing, but logrolling is the coolest new (er, re­ally old) work­out on the wa­ter.

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PRE­PARE TO GET SOAKED. The goal of logrolling, a sport that dates to the lum­ber­jack and log­ging camp era, is to dis­lodge your op­po­nent (i.e., make them fall in the wa­ter) with­out us­ing your hands. In com­pe­ti­tions, forc­ing three out of five falls wins the match. For re­cre­ation, though, “most peo­ple just try to stay on and have fun,” says Shana Ver­ste­gen, co­founder of Madi­son Log Rolling club in Wis­con­sin (and a six-time world-cham­pion pro logroller!). Every sum­mer, kids and adults flock to her pro­gram on Lake Win­gra for logrolling matches, pri­vate lessons and par­ties. It’s not only an en­ter­tain­ing way to beat the heat, but solid ex­er­cise too: Logrolling tests your car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness, as well as your en­durance, co­or­di­na­tion, bal­ance and con­cen­tra­tion, Ver­ste­gen says.

While her pro­gram still uses ac­tual logs—western red cedar, as the sport re­quires—a Minneapoli­s com­pany called Key Log Rolling has made the sport ac­ces­si­ble with 65-pound syn­thetic logs that feel like the real thing. Their web­site is help­ful for find­ing logrolling op­por­tu­ni­ties (such as at YMCAS or uni­ver­sity rec cen­ters), and they even rent logs to take to the cabin for a few days. key­logrolling.com; madis­on­logrolling.com

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