At Lorna Jane we pride ourselves on being ahead of the game, always thinking ‘what next’ so we can share the latest and greatest in all things wellness with you.
We know that ‘Wellness’, balance and taking care of both your physical and mental wellbeing is only going to become more important. That’s why we developed the Lorna Jane Active Living Program! (You can learn more here smile ).
To get more insider tips, we dusted off our crystal ball to lend to fitness pro Ben Lucas. And here are his predictions for what is going to be huge in 2018…
We’re at the end of 2017, and didn’t the year go fast! 2017 saw a lot of interesting things happen in the health and fitness industry, so to keep you ‘in the know’ here are my predictions for 2018.
While HIIT was all the rage for the past few years, now it’s time to do the exact opposite, with the rise of LISS training.
Liss stands for ‘low intensity steady state training’ and it is when you train at a steady state, such as 50% of your max heart rate, over an extended period of time. So a liss workout may be a 1 hour- 90 minute walk, or running on the treadmill at a cruisy speed or a stationary bike.
The low impact nature of LISS is great for many reasons including:
Recovery: Not many of us can do back to back HIIT workouts everyday. And if you do, you need to be aware of the inflammation and potential burnout that may occur if you keep pushing yourself and don’t take time to recover. A LISS workout is a good option on a rest day.
Low Impact: It’s also a great low- impact way to work your ligaments, tendons, joints and muscles in preparation for when you want to crank up the intensity. Since recovery is quicker with LISS compared to with HIIT, you can do back to back sessions which means more moving and less sitting!
Fat Loss: Over time, around 45 to 60 minutes of LISS can help the body become conditioned to better use fat as a fuel source for your next workout. So if you’re doing three to four days of cardio and two to four days of weight training per week, try to make only one or two of those cardio sessions LISS workouts. It’s good for cardiovascular conditioning, fat burning, active recovery and for stress relief too!
Many of us have probably tried vinyasa or another form of ‘flow’, but I am seeing a trend towards people wanting to do slower paced styles such as yin.
In a yin yoga class you will hold your postures for longer periods of time such as 45 seconds – 2 mins for beginners and 7 – 10 minutes for the more advanced. Poses apply moderate stress to your tendons, fascia and ligaments with the intention of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.
By now we should know that Pilates is good for us, but for those who want to go a little further than the reformer bed, I would like to introduce you to the megaformer (which isn’t strictly Pilates but it is similar in some ways)
A megaformer is a great way for your muscles to gain strength, tone, flexibility, endurance and stability.
The science of the method is proven to uniquely incorporate all 5 fitness components; Endurance, strength, flexibility, cardio and body composition (reducing body fat).
It is also a uniquely low-impact cardio workout with postural and sculptural benefits in a high-intensity and mentally stimulating way. In other words a total-body strengthening, leaning, lengthening method. Shake, burn and sweat throughout the session and come out with a positive mental state of mind.
RECOVERY – Cryotherapy
It’s time to take your recovery beyond stretching as there are so many more recovery options available to us now. Cryotherapy is a non-invasive, hyper-cooling treatment that helps with muscle recovery and repair.
During a session your body will be covered in a fine nitrogen mist and cooled to approximately −140°c for up to 3 minutes.
The bodies natural response to the cold is to increase blood flow to the internal organs and a flooding of the red blood cells with oxygen, nutrients and enzymes which is why this works well. It’s also a more pleasant option to an ice bath!
RECOVERY – Floatation Tanks
Floating or floatation is a therapy in which you float in a tank that is filled with a dense epsom salt-water solution. It is a highly effective way of relaxing and relieving stress, and I for one am obsessed with it.
Benefits include increased energy, a boost to the immune system, reduced lactic acid levels and it also aid facilitated rest. Furthermore, epsom salts are a magnesium sulphate which act as a muscle relaxant and protein builder for your joints. So while you are decompressing, your body is also absorbing the minerals directly into your muscles whilst you float.
An Infared saunas uses infrared heating panels that emit light helping your body detoxify. This is because it penetrates deep within your body at a cellular level.
Benefits include detoxification, weight loss (as studies have shown that you can burn up to 700 cals a session), anti-ageing as sweating improves blood circulation as well as skin elasticity, tone, texture and firmness – it also helps unblock pores and reduce blemishes. It is also good for stress relief, sleep and more
I truly believe that Live stream group classes will finally gain momentum in 2018. (Peleton in the US are doing really well with their live spin classes.)
DNA Testing for Peak Fitness Performance has already started to gain interest, and I truly believe this will continue as it is a great way to personalize an individuals approach to their health.
From heritage tracking to allergy tests, DNA testing has become more popular than ever over the past year.
So there you have it! The 2018 fitness predictions from a pro.
What do you think is going to be big in 2018?
ABOUT BEN LUCAS
Ben is the owner and co- founder of Flow Athletic, an incredibly successful yoga and fitness studio based in Paddington. It is now known worldwide and they have a lot of internationals coming in to try out their classes. He was also named one of the 2017 ‘Men of Influence’ by Men’s Style magazine.
Prior to getting into the fitness industry, Ben was a professional NRL player for the Cronulla Sharks and a number of other teams. After finishing his stint with the NRL, he went on to own three very successful personal training studios and during that time he also turned to Ultra Endurance running.
In the space of 5 years, he ran 35 marathons and 5 ultra marathons all over the world. Due to his interest in running, he then went on to train up 101 non- runners to run and complete their first marathon! A challenge he said he probably won’t take on again, however as a result Sofa2Surf was born.