Are you looking to take up a new sport this season? Do you want to take up sport again after the summer break? Here are some new ideas of sports to try this autumn.

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After a summer full of sunshine and enthusiasm, it's time for a new sporting season! It's that time of year again: you have to swap beach volleyball for the morning commute. Are you the type of person who finds solace in your gym bag? This article is for you: we offer you an overview of the new sports and trends for this season.

Need a new sporting challenge? Want to take up a sport for fun? Or perhaps you're just looking for a good workout? We'll introduce you to the new sports to try this season.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu, bouldering, Swedish gymnastics and more. Find out which sports are in vogue at the moment:

If you are looking for new challenges, or you have a few slots free in your sporting timetable, let us tempt you with a few sports that will have you racing to the nearest sports club or gym.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu: ground fighting

If combat sports are your thing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is currently booming.

Owing its popularity to the invention of MMA, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art that originated back in the 1920s (you can guess where!).

Like judo, which is also based on jiu-jitsu (not the easiest word to pronounce!), BJJ is all about ground fighting. Where the sports differ is that the aim of judo is to make your opponent fall to the floor and hold them down, whereas Brazilian jiu-jitsu mainly revolves around ground fighting with the end goal of achieving submission from your opponent by using joint locks, chokeholds and compression locks.

It is therefore a particularly technical, and tactical, combat sport. However, just as in judo, impacts (kicks, punches etc.) are forbidden.

In a nutshell: if you want to try martial arts, but you've spent the last couple of months stretched out on a beach towel, BJJ lets you discover a new combat sport while still lying down!


Bouldering: freestyle climbing

Climbing is an all-round sport, as it is excellent for both mental and physical training, and involves a high level of technique. In fact, it is so complex that you might hesitate before trying it... especially if you're wary of heights. Climbing requires you to think about your equipment, budget and safety if you want to enjoy a stress-free experience.

And stress-free climbing is precisely the aim of bouldering: on indoor walls of up to 4 m high, it's a fun and intuitive way to learn to climb. What's more, you don't need a harness or a partner - just floor mats.

This means you can try climbing with less equipment and fewer constraints, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. And you can even go climbing outside in a group at an outdoor bouldering site.

In a nutshell: if you are looking for a technical and intense sport, but you're not quite ready to go back to the gym, bouldering could help satisfy your desire to be out in the open air after the summer.

Swedish gymnastics: put some rhythm into the new season

Just like Brazilian jiu-jitsu, it's pretty obvious where this sport comes from! This sport offers rhythm and well-being.

Swedish gymnastics is a combination of gym exercises, cardio training and fitness training, all accompanied by music. It is excellent for coordination, endurance and boosting your mood. Swedish gymnastics lets you work on your muscle tone and posture in a dynamic atmosphere - you won't get bored!

In a nutshell: taking up a sport in autumn is always a good idea. But if you spent the summer setting the dance floors alight, and you are worried about being bored at the gym, Swedish gymnastics is a great way to work out in an electric ambiance.


Canicross, fitness ballet… what are the new sports this season?

A new season, new projects... and new sports? If you love trying new things, and you want to swap the sun cream for a sporting discovery (and work out instead of sunbathe!), here is our list of sports to try in the new season.

Whether brand-new inventions or variations on a classic, here are the new sports that have caught our eye.


Fitness ballet: ballet and fitness in one

Perhaps you are undecided between fitness and dance for the new season, but you don't have time for two different sports sessions? Or perhaps you're attracted to ballet for the fitness aspect, but you're not very musical? You need to try fitness ballet!

How does it work? The idea is to work on muscle structure and tone with fitness movements, while adapting them to the grace and flexibility of ballet. The result? A workout that is both effective and surprising!

In a nutshell: always wanted to work out in a tutu? Or perhaps you feel like trying out ballet to the soundtrack of Pharell Williams or Pete Doherty? It's a bit like having two different scoops of ice cream on holiday: fitness ballet gives you the best of both worlds.

Barre shape: a mix of ballet, Pilates, yoga and cardio training.

This sport allows you to combine ballet bar movements with other core strength and muscle building techniques for a toned and harmonious body, all accompanied by a Soul or R 'n' B playlist to bring back those holiday memories.

In a nutshell: this is a smart cocktail of different exercises and some top tunes; a bit like your summer evenings, but with some sport thrown in for good measure.

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Canicross: for those who use the summer to get ready for winter

Canicross (or CaniX) is running with your dog. So what makes it different from your usual Sunday morning runs - or those legendary chases up the beach when your dog decides to make a run for it during the holidays?

Well, imagine being attached to a harness on your dog with a lead around your waist... does that seem more like a sport to you?

Originally dreamt up for summer training for sled dog racing, canicross lets you jog, run or trail run accompanied by your trusty sports coach and top fan.

In a nutshell: if you're the kind of person who can't imagine spending the summer away from your dog (or dogs), this is a great way to spend time with them in the new season.

The oddities: VR, hobby-horsing, disco football…

Are you someone who refuses to wave goodbye to the summer at the end of August? For those who just can't fall back into a routine when the holidays are over, we've found some of the best unusual sports for you to try:

And finally, how about something light and spiritual? After all, the summer isn't over yet... Here are some relaxing or fun versions of some classic summer activities:

How about you? What are your goals for the new season?

Tell us about your experiences and your sporting discoveries!


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DECATHLON team writer

Pitch addict, court enthusiast, pool aficionado and general sports fanatic.