When it comes to fitness programs, trends come and go, as people want to try new things to change up their exercise. Moreover, newer regimens might suit different people better, or simply meet their goals.
Nowadays, most people do not work out simply for bodybuilding or weight loss reasons any more. They also do it to stay healthy or build strength.
Personalised is also a big word that is crossing over to fitness. With the popularity of wearable technology, everyone can take a deeper look at their lifestyle. They can analyse how much calories are burned with every activity, as well as track your calorie intake.
Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all regimens that everyone will follow.
The advantage of this is that people can now choose what is fun and exciting for them. Back then, everyone was simply using exercise machines, which is boring for some people. Because of this, many people start with a lot of excitement and motivation, normally at the start of the year as part of their
New Year resolutions, but eventually lose the interest. Nowadays, you can choose an activity that you enjoy, and might at the same time be a sort of exercise for you.
The following are just some of these trends that are taking the world by storm, to give you an idea of how fitness is transforming this year.
These rowing machines in the gym are becoming overworked recently, with more and more people trying this out. High intensity but at the same time low impact, it provides you with a safe way to work out your entire body. In fact, it will engage around 85% of your muscles when you are doing it correctly.
Moreover, it is an activity for everyone, without any need for a specific capability. Within one session, most people will get the hang of it immediately. Some gyms mix it up with other strength exercises to provide a complete workout.
Talk about combining fun and fitness in one activity. Trampolining is not only just for your kids to enjoy but has now crossed over to be one of the year’s newest fitness trends. Indoor trampolining is done in venues where trampolines are interconnected. You can bounce away as part of specially designed fitness classes.
Not only is it gentle on your joints, it engages core muscles of your body. It is also very good for your heart and cholesterol levels, helping you burn the same number of calories as a 30-minute run.
This trend marries two unlikely activities, ballet, and boxing. While it seems like they are quite the opposite of each other, because one is graceful and the other very aggressive, putting them together makes up for the whole fitness package.
The training starts with quick boxing movements with the goal of increasing your heart rate and toning your body.
Afterward, you will move on to the barre for exercises designed to build flexibility and strength. Moreover, the routine makes you more agile, more powerful and better coordinated. You can also improve your core strength and endurance through this fitness regimen.
4. Small Group Training
While personalised workouts are on the rise, the cost of hiring your own trainer does not necessarily make it more affordable to everyone.
Instead, what some people are doing is small group training, which allows participants to be in a class environment but still receive one-on-one coaching to monitor progress and avoid the risk of injury. By doing so, you can expect to achieve optimum results for a lot less than paying for your own trainer.
Some examples of small group training programs include Ladies that Lift, which is a training class specifically for women and Group Fit, which is a resistance program for both men and women.
These classes are led by two trainers and are limited to just 8 participants so that they can still receive personalized support that will help them train more effectively and independently outside of the class.
This new trend follows the main concept of HIIT or high-intensity interval training. This means, it uses short but intense bursts of movement capable of burning a lot of calories quickly. Floatfit adds an element of complexity by doing it on water.
Participants have to balance on an inflatable board in a pool and do various exercises like lunges, push-ups, burpees, or squats. Because of the instability of the floating board, your muscles end up working harder to keep your balance.
It adds to the effect of the exercise. Even if you only work out for 30 minutes, you achieve the same results of regimens that are 2 or 3x longer. It is challenging at first, expect to fall into the water a few times until you get the hang of it.
6. Boutique Boxing
Boxing is incredibly popular because it offers people much more than just a fitness routine. If you are full of stress at work, family, and other responsibilities, you can literally let it all out on that punching bag.
Tons of new studios are coming out where you can go for boxing, though you can also easily do it at home. If you find that boring, you can also do some strength training and conditioning through classes, which can make it more fun and engaging.
7. Functional Training
Like boxing, functional training is not new, although the recent trend is to focus on enhancing your strength in all types of motion.
This means strengthening your body specifically on the common daily activities like lifting, bending, twisting, pulling, and pushing. In doing so, you are not just fit and healthy, but you also avoid injuries caused by overexertion in any of these normal activities.
While barbells are most commonly used in functional training, medicine balls and resistance bands can also become very big. Weightlifting and other courses on building strength are also becoming more popular.
8. Revved-up Recovery
Past fitness trends like CrossFit and HIIT have made workouts more intense, but this is about to slow down in 2018.
On the other hand, with intelligent programming, of which recovery is a huge part of, fitness goals can be met without needing to be too intense. After all, the high-intensity workout is just one half of the whole, with the other being recovery.
Recovery goes much more than just a 30-second break in between sets. Instead, it includes pauses between exercise, getting active rest, sleep, and myofascial release, too.
9. Going Hot Or Cold
One of the post-workout trends gaining popularity is cryotherapy. Fans believe that the below-freezing temperatures will contribute to faster muscle recovery and will also lessen inflammation because the blood vessels constrict.
This means after working out, blood flow gets improved and you will experience less pain. This is why professional athletes swear by it.
On the other hand, other fitness studios are promoting heat as pain relief and stress reduction. Saunas are being added for those who want to go after their sessions. While there are still no research that proves their effectiveness, the science behind it is sound.
10. 3D Exercise
This trend caters specifically to those who are easily bored with their usual fitness routine. This step is all about immersing in the experience. It means exercising in yoga studios that have sound baths or in spin studios that use virtual reality.
With a little bit of creativity, exercisers will avoid boredom and instead, become motivated throughout the whole workout. With the use of imagery, different tempos, storytelling and even inspiring music, the instructor will give you a unique experience.
In relation to this trend, some fitness studios are beginning to offer live streaming for those who are happy working out at home. This will replace exercise DVDs and allows you to interact with your trainer.
11. Mindful Movement
Meditation is being infused into many kinds of workouts, as a way to improve mental acuity and cognitive function. In doing so, you can focus more on the routine you are doing, as well as allowing you to have a truly personal and quiet moment, which is rare nowadays.
12. Breath Work
Along with learning to be more present, another important step is to focus on the breathing. Breathing classes are important, especially when you are doing specific routines like weightlifting.
By paying attention to when you breathe in and out, you will be able to perform better. While it sounds simple enough, mastering this also takes practice.
These are some of the programs that you can expect to see in your neighbourhood gym, offering you more classes and options to enjoy your exercise. Finally, you can find something that is tailor fit for you and your interests!