Can I “axe” you a question? Do you have an “axe” to grind? Do you have the “chops” to take on some target practice?
Axe throwing is trending as the latest date night/girls night/team building activity. It is just what it sounds like, but with games. My SO and I found a Groupon (naturally) for an axe throwing location in Chicago, however, they are popping up all over the suburbs as well.
At Ragnarock Axe Throwing, you get a 90-minute session that includes training and some throwing competitions in a game-like setting. The size of your group depends on how many people sign up in each time slot but they cap it off at 24 (split between two throwing bays). Each bay has an “Axepert” (get it?) to instruct you in the proper way to stand, hold, and eventually, throw the 1.5 lb axe.
Our group had 9 people in it and each bay has two throwing spots so this does move along fairly quickly. After the safety training portion, they take two people at a time to do some practice throws. The hardest thing for me was getting it to stick. I was basically on target with each throw, but I don’t think I was throwing it hard enough. I need to go in angrier next time.
Once everyone was comfortable with how to hit the target, we were split up (within our own group), into two smaller groups. The first game we played was TIMBER. This is the axe throwing version of horse. You went head-to-head with someone from the other team and, after two throws, whoever had less points got a letter. The bullseye has number values within each ring. Next, we played “21” where each team had to get enough point to total 21. Exactly. So getting that last number was challenging.
After the last game (a version of “hangman”) we moved into the double-elimination head-to-head tournament with our small group. Of course, they paired my SO and I against each other in the first round. My shining moment was getting a bullseye in this round to move him into the losers bracket. Making it count when it matters!
It was also a requirement that you come up with a “punny” name for the competition. As you can see from my name tag I was Mrs. Axehole. My SO was just plain Axehole.
An extra bonus is that this location allows you to bring food and drink into the space. Alcohol, however, is not permitted. For some reason the city of Chicago doesn’t believe that drinking and axe throwing are a good combination.
This was also quite the core workout. I was sore the next day. But it was worth it. So grab your significant other, and maybe some friends, and go get your lumberjack on!