How do you manage stress? This has always been one of my favorite questions because there are so many ways to relieve daily stressors. For me, I love releasing my inner rage with some form of physical activity. My usual go-to is kickboxing, but I wanted to try something a little more intense. Lucky for me, I found Raider Axe Lodge.
My fiancé and I have been there a few times already and we have a freakin blast every single time.
After you book your time slot online, you arrive at this cool looking warehouse with several targets lined along the wall and axes everywhere. We were greeted by Fred, the instructor/owner. He’s so chill and welcoming. The lodge provides free bottled water which is always a great perk. You can also bring your own grub which is perfect for those budget date nights. Once everyone arrives, you sign your waiver and grab a name tag – this will come back later on. Fred does a quick safety demo and shows you how to throw and retrieve your axe. He made it look effortless, but was patient with each person in the group.
At first, I SUCKED! It took at least 15 fails before I actually made it on to the board. But once it clicks and you figure it out, it becomes addicting! Personally I felt like a badass warrior training for the zombie apocalypse. David (that fiancé I mentioned earlier) is a freakin natural, of course. *cue heavy eye roll*LOL! By the end of the night he was crowned Axe Murderer of the Night! *so proud*
After you get the hang of it, the real games begin. You play a few rounds of 21, which you start with 21 points and you hit various target thresholds until one of the teams reaches zero. Now we’re bringing the heat! Last game is called Axe Murderer. This is where those name tags come into play, you know besides for helping everyone remember names. Fred takes everyone’s name tag and places them on the opposing team’s board. Object of the game, get the other teams off the board before they get you. Your precision, accuracy and speed is what really matters here. I didn’t last, but David killed it!
FYI the games go on for about 1.5 hours and the total session is about 2-hours.
It’s a huge bang for your buck – especially if you get the Groupon. The entire session goes by so quick. Fred really knows how to keep the crowd engaged and interested. He not only teaches you how to throw overhanded but he shows you an underhanded throw and double axe throw. Not to mention, you also get to play with knives and this javelin looking thing that he swears is not a spear.
Needless to say, your arms are pretty done by the end. Overall I would highly recommend trying axe throwing. It’s crazy fun, you relieve stress, release your inner warrior; plus it’s reasonably priced so you can go back and show off your new skills to all your friends! David & I will be going back soon that’s for sure.
What are some of your favorite places to chill at in Tampa? Let me know what place you want me to check out next!