Summer is fast approaching and so are those lazy days on the beach and frantic nights at the bar. Getting your body back in shape for the season can seem daunting. However, one of the many great reasons for living in London is that you get to see and experience trends before they become mainstream – and fitness is no exception.
Fitness trends come and go, just like everything else does. And, much like everything else, old ones come around every few years, and although there are a lot of new trends on the scene, we still have some vintage favourites that are never going to get completely lost. Fitness trends alway depend on the ‘look’ of the season – is it all about arm muscles or abs? Or are we after the body builder look or more of a dad bod? Thankfully this year it’s mainly all about the right nutrition and keeping a healthy weight and lifestyle in tact.
For those of you that want to hit up these trends, we’ve compiled a list of the top new fitness trends that have arrived in the city just in time for the sun.
You’ve probably already heard of this method of training before as it’s been popular for a while now. HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training – is a quick fire, very sweaty, short burst workout. It’s for those cardio days, which we all know everyone hates. So instead of running on the treadmill for half an hour, hit up a HIIT class and you’ll burn a load more calories in the same period of time. The session will be short (thank god!) lasting only 30 minutes or less, consisting of short bursts of high intensity exercises followed by a slower recovery section.
So for example, you may sprint for 30 seconds, then walk for 30 seconds. You’d do this for 10 minutes in total and then move on to the next exercise. And, it doesn’t have to be a set routine either so you can try new things every time. These cardio workouts are time conscious, so you don’t have to spend all your precious gym time on them. You can still work on you leg and arm days without feeling bad about doing zero cardio.
Bodyweight training, or calisthenics, is a form of training that has admittedly been around for ages, but it’s only recently that it’s been defined as a trend. This form of resistance training uses your own body weight as part of the workout. By doing this you can work on multiple muscles all at once, as you’re not just focusing on one area, plus you can decide to train where and whenever you want. If you find weights and cardio boring after a while, with bodyweight training there’s so many moves to choose from, you can have a new routine each and every time.
Women have been embracing the benefits of yoga for years now, and it’s been rare to find guys in the studio. But that’s changing this year, as guys are starting to see why it’s so popular: balance, flexibility and strength, as well as a mental refocus are common positives that come from doing yoga. So, all in all, it benefits you from the inside out. And, with so many yoga trends surfacing, you can try a range of different classes to find one that suits you and your style. It may be tricky at first, but when you get in to it, you’ll really feel the benefits.
We all know that time goes by faster when you’re having fun and actually enjoying yourself. If you’re one of those people that dread the gym days on your own, you’re in luck. A big fitness trend for this year is group training. Fitness classes have been around for God knows how long, but sometimes you may have felt like they’re aimed more at women – well, you’re wrong. Just because the stereotype says guys should do weights and girls should go to classes, this doesn’t mean you have to. The roles are merging.
If you want to hit up a class, then go for it! The possibilities are endless so you can filter them to your needs and goals, plus it’s a lot more motivational when you’re in a group. Learning new things and how to do the moves you love in the right way will better your whole fitness experience so it’s definitely worth checking out what your gym has available.
Wearing Your Tech
Technology plays a big role in our everyday lives. Everyone wants the newest gadget, the one that’s meant to make your life a whole lot better. But what if we said that in the world of fitness this is actually true. A big fitness trend for this year is to wear your technology while you workout. There’s an obsession with data collection and tracking your progress, and in a way we like this. You can see how far you’ve come and can see when you’ve beaten your last workout. There’s so many variations in the market that finding the right one won’t be a tricky task at all.
On That Note
Keeping fit isn’t always on the top of everyone’s list but when you do find the motivation to go, you usually end up feeling a lot better after. And, with each year, or even season, bringing in new top fitness trends to the scene, finding something you enjoy doing has never been easier.