With thoughts of beach perfect bodies firmly in mind and the holiday countdown beginning, it’s time for many of us to start thinking about getting into better shape. Before we reveal more flesh than at any other time of year, just what are the current exercise trends that are hitting the gym and personal training circuit?
Tapping into our continuing if not increasing obsession with fitness monitors, being more informed about what we are doing and why sees us taking control over what will bring the best results for us. This personalised fitness trend, known as ‘Smart Training’ or even ‘DNA Fit’ analyses what areas of your body need work and how that is best achieved. Run by gyms, available through personal trainers but also with an increasing number of apps on the market, this is clever exercising for those who like to be educated about what is going on.
Whether Nicola Adams and Anthony Joshua have been the influence behind our current love for boxing or not, it seems there is no stopping our current obsession. From heading down to your local boxing club to be involved head-on to virtual boxing, this calorie burning workout works on multiple muscle areas, increases metabolism and builds strength.
If you prefer to dip your toe in the water as part of your exercise pattern, it’s time to do what you used to do on dry land in a pool. Exercise classes such as HIIT, Spinning and even ‘Insanity’ will bring supreme results when water resistance is added to the mix. Forget the image of middle-aged aqua aerobics and think contemporary exercise trendsetters who will stop at nothing to achieve stamina perfection.
In a rush for your fitness fix? In an ever busy world full of busy lives, packing in as much as you can into a relatively short space of time means high-intensity multifaceted exercise classes that can even be done in the lunch hour. Cutting it short on the warm-ups and stretch downs means more time for full on cardio and the results that come with it.
And if you like your exercise classes with a bit of childish fun, then quirky breakthrough trends such as ‘crawling’, ‘water-fights’ and even ‘tig’ and ‘bulldog’ mean that there is no need to take your place alongside the serious exercise fanatic as you hold your head in short of breath shame.
Finishing off on a calmer note, the new trends in yoga include doing your movements elevated on a plank for increased toning balance, or ‘hotpod stretching’ where exercising in an optimum temperature lets the body bend and stretch to its heart’s content.