If you're constantly looking for something new to challenge your bod in the gym, it's easy to fall for the latest fitness trends. Though there may not be a "best" way to work out (because our bodies and our needs vary) we can't deny that fitness trends definitely influence us.
While some exercise fads aren't worth a drip a sweat (remember the Thigh Master?) there are some fitness trends that are worth the hype. If you're looking to change up your workout routine, you might want to consider trying out these exercises that have real staying power.
HIIT, otherwise known as High Intensity Interval Training, isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It's not just because it took the top spot in the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2018, but it's also because it's so effective. Because HIIT workouts are usually 30 minutes or less, these intense workouts pack a serious punch in a short amount of time, which allows people to get maximum results without spending hours at the gym.
2. Group Fitness Classes
Whether it's a boxing or aerobics class, the many benefits of group fitness classes, or training, are effective and long-lasting. Attending a group class is a great way to try out a workout that you've never experienced before, as well as helps you stay motivated while keeping you accountable to continue showing up. Plus, you'll learn proper form while meeting new friends. What's not to like?
3. Bodyweight Training
Using your own bodyweight has been a popular training method ever since...well, probably since the caveman era. With minimal space and equipment required, bodyweight training is a perfect workout to perform anytime, anywhere. With progressions available for pretty much every exercise, including lunges, squats, and push-ups, this type of training is great for any level of fitness.
And because bodyweight exercises often involve compound movements, then you'll get serious results like strength gains and lean muscle mass, which is why you'll keep doing these moves over and over.
4. Barre Class
Barre classes have been trendy for a number of years for a reason. The low-impact, high-intensity workouts that combine dance exercises with core strengthening, light weights, and Pilates movements, helps with flexibility, endurance, and strength -- basically everything you could ever need in a sweat session. The low-impact exercises also means that it's a perfect workout for seniors and those with injuries, as well as those who love to dance but have two left feet.
Seeing as yoga's origins can be traced back to anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 years ago, it doesn't look this workout is going anywhere anytime soon. Yoga's benefits are numerous, ranging from the internal to the external. Whether you're looking to still your mind and increase your self-awareness or improve your balance, strength and flexibility, then you'll definitely want to grab a mat and start pedalling out your downward dog.
These tried and true exercises might have been around for a while, but there's a solid reason for that: they work. They may not be the flashiest workouts out there, but they're effective -- which is what you ultimately want in a sweat session. So what are you waiting for?
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