So the holidays have been over for at over a month now but the gyms are still packed with people trying to work off the extra holiday pounds. We all know drilling is hard work so many drillers like to hit the gym or get outdoors to exercise. If the same old routine is getting boring, here are 6 of the newest fitness trends to check out in 2017.
HIIT is fast becoming an exercise trend and is expected to gain popularity in 2017. HIIT stands for “high-intensity interval training” which describes it perfectly. It involves short bursts of exercise at maximum or near-maximum heart rate. Its fans say that you burn more calories and build endurance more quickly than with extended moderate exercise. One study shows that after just two months of HIIT, participants could bike twice as long as they could before the study — and maintain the same pace.
HEAT or “High Energy Athletic Training “ is another trend where participants train like athletes and focus on improving performance through an educated and specialized approach that increases overall strength and cardiovascular endurance . It is a high performance training program that combines plyometric and athletic drills, sports conditioning exercises, power and strength training.
- Bodyweight training
You don’t need fancy equipment, an expensive membership or a lot of space to perform the Bodyweight training workouts. As a result, it has become a new exercise trend. As the name implies, the exercises do not require free weights or machines as the individual's own weight provides resistance against gravity The goal is to increase lean muscle mass and it’s a great way to ease into strength training. Pushups and pull-ups are classic bodyweight moves, but there are plenty more to choose from, like squats, lunges, and planks, just to name a few.
Boxing studios have been popping up all over and in addition to the traditional boxing gyms, boutique studios are opening that offer beginner classes and classes targeting women. Boxing is excellent for cardiovascular endurance and muscle building, but the work-outs also reduce anxiety and stress and are very empowering. For those who dread getting in an actual ring, there are many boxing gyms that are geared towards a no-contact style.
- Megaformer (The Lagree Method)
Pilates is performed on a machine called the Reformer, while Lagree is performed on the Megaformer. The classes are based on the Lagree method, which is named after trainer Sebastien Lagree who is the Megaformer creator. Many liken a Megaformer class to a high-octane Pilates class, or refer to it as Pilates-Plus. Pilates is known for improving core strength and stability, posture and balance, flexibility, and for preventing and treating back pain. Megaformer classes add extra elements such as strength, cardio, and muscular endurance training, all necessary for optimum physical fitness.
No discussion about exercise would be complete without mentioning the rise of wearable technology as more and more exercise enthusiasts continue to purchase fitness trackers and smart watches. Today’s wearables track distance, and also provide heart rate readings, GPS route tracking, move reminders, and so much more. So remember, there are so many ways to exercise, keeping fit should be easy.