At OMJ we’ve covered a lot of fitness trends and boutique fitness studios. We were in the know on everything from spin to yoga, but then we learned about a workout we’ve never heard of before: hatchet throwing.
While the axes used in lumberjack-type workouts can be really heavy, Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Eatontown actually uses hatchets, which are smaller and lighter with a shorter handle making it easier to throw. Their location is the first hatchet throwing facility in the United States and are touting themselves as the perfect alternative form of exercise. “While the majority of Stumpy’s customers go for a unique and fun night out with friends,” they told us. “They get a great workout in as well! “
They offer two-hour sessions and during those two hours you are extremely active. The back and forth of throwing and retrieving the hatchet is a good form of light cardio, but the real workout comes from the throwing of the hatchet. There are various methods to throwing the hatchet, that works your arms, shoulders, back, and legs, giving you a full body work out.
The idea of Stumpy’s Hatchet House came about on a summer night, when the owners, Mark and Trish Oliphant and Stuart and Kelly Josberger, began throwing hatchets against a stack of logs from a cedar tree that fell during Hurricane Sandy. After gaining interest from friends and neighbors, the owners realized they had something special and pursued it.
They opened their doors in April of 2016 and have since hosted a ton of unique events like bachelor and bachelorette parties, axe your ex parties, gender reveals, cooperate team building events and so much more. The owners also have added a lot of personal touches such as unique names for each throwing pit (Brad Pit, Arm Pit, Pitiful, etc.), fallen trees from sandy turned into tables, the axe that they originally used the summer night where the idea of Stumpy’s came about cemented, into a unique bar top.