Fitness fads almost seem like fashion trends to me and something is either “in” or “out” each season. With this constant shift of new workouts coming and going, it can be a little overwhelming as to what you should be doing.
I love that fact that there is now so many options! Anyone can find something that suits them. I like to switch up my routine when I can, so I wanted to briefly review some current fit trends I’ve seen popping up lately, in hopes to inspire you all to try something new!
Cross Fit These gyms are everywhere and continue to expand. Currently just over 2,000 crossfits nationwide. They do a WOD (Workout of the Day) that involves combinations of body weight exercises, olympic lifts (power cleans) and plyometric jumps. In each WOD, they are either trying to complete as many repetitions as possible or a certain number of exercises as fast as you can. Basically they involve short bursts of high intensity activity with rests in between.
Tabata Another high intensity type of workout, this involves alternating 20 seconds of intense effort with 10 seconds of rest for 4 minutes. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is all the rage and research shows it’s the best at improving your strength, speed, and endurance. You can use this same format with any type of exercise you like: dancing, running, biking, or weight training.
TRX This workout utilizes Body weight suspension training . The idea is that it trains and challenges the entire body, not just one isolated muscle or joint. Even professional baseball players, UFC fighters and Olympic athletes use TRX training in their workout regime.
At-home workouts With the rise of healthy living bloggers (yay!) and our online obsession there is no reason to skip a workout. Sites like Tone It Up, Blogilates, Warrior Fit, and Physique 57 all have a huge library of workouts. And didn’t forget the Nike Club Training App straight from your phone!
My take: Do something! Doesn’t matter if it’s a workout class or just going on a hike. being active any way is the best way to help to keep your body (and mind) healthy, And do what fits into your goals. If you are not happy with how you feel after your workouts, then switch it up!
I’m sure they are some more “trends” I haven’t named, so please share in the comments below!
What’s your take on fitness trends?
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