2014 saw the rise of Crossfit, the fall of Zumba and everything in between, so what does that mean for 2015’s fitness trends? After looking into some fitness trends, these are three things you may want to recommend to your clients who are looking to achieve their health goals. Always remember that exercise expends calories and can help decrease stress levels, but you should never push your body to the point of pain.
1. Working out from home.
We live in an age where more people are working from home, young adults have increasingly hectic schedules and people are on their smartphones all the time, always. It makes sense then that gym hours and workout class times don’t really work with our schedules. Enter workout classes that you can do online or on your smart TV wherever, whenever. Don’t feel like venturing out into the cold air to make it to yoga? Try Black Swan Yoga TV instead. Want to do an ab workout but can’t seem to fit a 45 minute class into your schedule? Try Sworkit, an app that gives you exercises for your chosen target area for an amount of time that works for you. With free apps and online workout classes that are cheaper than going to a studio, “I don’t have time” and “it’s just so expensive” can help your change resistant client to add some fitness to his or her daily routine.
2. Body strength workouts.
In my book, CrossFit was so 2014 the same way P90X was so 2013. While workouts like these are great because they emphasize community fitness and use high intensity interval training (HIIT), which has been shown to burn major calories and help tone, their speed and heavy lifting make me worried about injuring myself. I know too many people who have torn something or hurt themselves while trying to complete a CrossFit set to endorse this type of exercise. How to incorporate HIIT without all the risk? Adult jungle gyms are one way! I know, I know, it sounds silly but how hard does doing the monkey bars sound right now? As kids, we used our own strength to swing our bodies up and around. New adult jungle gyms borrow this idea to help tone and strengthen in a healthy, safe way.
3. Competition based workouts.
Classes like Soul Cycle are looking to amp up the competition to prevent you from coasting in class (as if Soul Cycle doesn’t already kick your butt…). I’m not quite sure how this will go down, but I’m pretty sure your RPM and average speed will be posted on a board. Forget trying to snag the seat in the back so no one notices when you slow down to catch your breath, you will now be called out as your name drops to the bottom of the board. I give this concept credit because it will help keep you accountable and get the best workout possible. However, if you or your clients are like me and don’t really care where you fall on the board, this is basically a useless add on. That being said, most people are inherently more competitive than I am so I imagine it will help you go faster, work harder, sweat more and burn more calories than you would in a typical session.
What are some new workout classes you’re looking at in 2015?