New Year this, New Year that… yep, we are hearing it oh so much lately. And we promise you, we won’t harp on much longer with all this New Year talk, as we ultimately believe you only ever need a NEW DAY to start something! But of course this doesn’t mean we are pushing aside the freshness of what a New Year means: perspective, time, challenges and excitement. With this being said, with the start of a New Year, we are looking to add some new life to our weekly exercise routine. The essential cardio and strength will always be our best active friend, but it’s the new kids on the fitness block that excite us the most. Our fit friend, Christine Bullock has lent her expert advice on her predictions for the newest of new fitness trends in 2014.
In recent years, the health and fitness world has expanded to offer a plethora of exercise forms from Yoga to Crossfit and Zumba to Kettlebell. It’s become a playground for new exercise concepts, workout equipment, supplements, technological companions, and more! Even though you may still be recovering from all the scrumptious holiday cookies, it’s time to start planning your fitness attack for 2014. Good news, the American College of Sports and Medicine just published their annual finding for the top 20 fitness trends of the new year to help you take your game to a new level.
Here are 7 fitness trends to spice up your exercise routine:
1. HIIT (HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING)
HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT) and INTERVAL TRAINING involves working out as hard as you can for a short burst of time, followed by a short less-intense period. No shocker here, with the continued success of programs incorporating interval training, like P-90X and Insanity or the growing crossfit craze. The popularity of HIIT, is also based on our busy lifestyle and our need for quick but effective workouts.
2. FUNCTIONAL FITNESS
This is becoming one of the biggest buzzwords in fitness as well as highly-rated on the ACSM list. Sitting at desks all day has left us with muscle imbalances, poor posture, and subsequently bad movement patterns during exercise. Functional training re-teaches correct movement patterns, builds balance, flexibility, core strength, and therefore eases daily living. Sounds like this will never go out of style.
3. COMBINATION CLASSES
Other growing fitness brands, not included on the ACSM list, are new creative approaches to well know fitness forms. Why not take two fitness classes in the time it usually to take one? The COMBINATION CLASS, makes this all possible where a 60 minute class is split into 2 different forms of workouts. For instance, you may have a 30 minute cycle class followed by 30 minutes of Pilates or a 40 minute yoga class followed by 20 minutes of TRX. This can help to create a well-rounded workout including cardio, strength and flexibility.
4. FITNESS ON THE GO
The trend I am most excited for is FITNESS ON THE GO. Now there aren’t any excuses to skip your workout. Technology makes it possible to workout anywhere in the world. Companies are making online fitness programs and apps very affordable with virtual group classes and virtual private training. You can now stream a live pre-recorded class across the country with your favourite instructor. Virtual classes may be taped at brick and mortar studios with actual clients or filmed on a fitness set, but both provide a comprehensive workout you can accomplish in the privacy of your home.
5. VIRTUAL PERSONAL TRAINER
Feel like you need a more personalised fitness routine to work around a specific injury or to help with motivation, then you need a VIRTUAL PERSONAL TRAINER. Advancements in technology allow virtual trainers to cut the cost of private training in half, but offer the same benefits as a live session. Virtual trainers still customise your workout based on your individual goals and level, then follow up via emails and phone calls to keep you on track. However, the biggest advantage to this new trend in health is the flexibility. Clients are able to select the best time to complete workouts in the privacy of their own home.
Absent from the list this year are zumba, spinning, and Pilates. Some feel these could be fads and not trends. However, some of these may not have made the list in response to our sluggish economy. Fitness programs requiring expensive equipment or technological instruction are not supported on this list because of the high cost. Whether, your favorite form of fitness made the list or not, the growing world makes it a lot easier to find a program you can stick to in 2014.