2017 Fitness Trends
2017 Fitness Trends
Welcome the year with workouts that will test your limits and push your boundaries to an all new level. With workouts ranging from intense Pilates sessions to water yoga, you'll won't ever find yourself stumped for something new to try.
Body weight training
It’s easy to see why body weight training workouts are so popular. They’re easy to learn, can be modified to suit any fitness level, and they can be done just about anywhere. Simple bodyweight workouts can help increase strength, flexibility, reduce joint and muscle pain, and create leaner muscle mass. Designed to work your entire body, bodyweight training workouts usually contain a mix of pushups, pullups, squats, lunges and planks [just to name a few]. HIIT workouts can also be combined into bodyweight training to help burn fat faster. As you continue to strengthen and condition your body you can increase your level of training by adding different / more intense exercises. Best of all you can change your workout to suit your surroundings [hotel room, park, gym] and it doesn’t cost a thing!
Think of the hardest Pilates class you’ve ever done and then times it by 10. A Megaformer class is an intense 50-minute reformer workout that will make your muscles shake and burn like you’ve never felt before. The Pilates reformer bed is rigged up with various levers, pulleys and weights which can be adjusted to suit your workout level and push your body to new limits - be prepared to plank, lunge, squat and pull and push weights all while working a sliding carriage. Megaformer is the only workout that effectively combines strength, endurance, cardio, balance, core and flexibility training into each and every move of your session. With virtually no rests in-between exercises you’ll leave your Megaformer class with a feeling of great accomplishment and in great need of an Epson Salt bath.
SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga
Take your next workout to the water. 2017 brings you a fusion full-body workout that incorporates paddleboarding and yoga. SUP [Stand Up Paddleboard] Yoga is a fun way to change up your traditional yoga class, helping to increase balance and strengthen core muscles, arm muscles and leg muscles. Usually practiced in flat waters or protected bays SUP Yoga combines dynamic stretches with conditioning and strengthening exercises. Classes run from 1-1.5 hours, typically starting with a warm up paddle to where the class will be run, followed by some traditional yoga sequences; seated breathing, basic sun salutations and then onto some more harder variations of postures. SUP Yoga also incorporates some regular fitness based exercises including high planks, lunges and abdominal exercises. Don’t be disheartened if you tip and fall off your paddleboard – we guarantee you won’t be the only one and it’s bound to happen more than once on your first few sessions!
The fastest 60 minutes you’ve ever burned. Launching in the USA in Orangetheory Fitness is rapidly making an international statement in the fitness world. Based on scientific research, Orange Theory is a heart-rate monitored, high-intensity workout, to keep your heartrate in a target zone [the orange zone]. The workout is made to spike metabolism, increase energy and burn the most calories – this is known as the Orange Effect. Just one 60-minute workout can burn 500-1000 calories [based on personal intensity level] and keep burning calories for up to 36 hours.
The 60-minute group personal training workout is broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. The workout has you going from the treadmill to rowing machines to suspension training and free weights – making it an entire body blast. Your heartrate is broadcasted onto a scoreboard [along with every other participant in the class] while you work out giving you the option to compete with yourself or others in the class. There’s no cheating in this workout because you can see exactly how you’re doing and so can everyone else.