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. Here are the top four new fitness trends to hit the city just in time for the sun.
It’s all about the bar and bodyweight with this. Calisthenics are a form of exercise consisting of a variety of exercises, often rhythmical movements, generally without using equipment or apparatus (although bar work is becoming popular). Intended to increase body strength, body fitness and flexibility with movements such as bending, jumping, swinging, twisting or hardstanding, primarily using one’s own body weight for resistance. This is the go anywhere, do anytime workout that lands you with a stronger, more functional look rather then bulky top heavy appearance.
2. Become a Faster, Fitter and Stronger Runner
Running is big, really big at the moment. You can’t go far without stumbling across a run club and can find a race pretty much every weekend. If you’re serious about hitting your personal record on your next race, tired of your knees, back and legs hurting when you run or just want to find your love of running again then make sure your technique, fitness and strength are spot on. Fit Concepts is the best resource for anything running related from skills workshops to help with performance to online coaching anywhere in the world as well as nutrition advice and race prep tricks and techniques.
For more info: Fit Concepts
3. Yoga, Not Just for Your Girlfriend Anymore
Women have been embracing the benefits of yoga for years now, and it’s been rare to find guys in the studio. That’s changing and us men are starting to see why it’s so popular: balance, flexibility and strength as well as a mental refocus are common side effects of yoga. BOYS OF YOGA aims to smash the gender stereotype of yoga. With pop-up events around london this group of yogis bring a strong/acrobatic style with a grounding and a touch of east London hipster. Lycra pants and crop tops are optional.
For more info: Boys of Yoga
4. Drop-in Group Training
Gyms as we know then are becoming obsolete, with their 12 month locked-in contracts, poor choice in class & and lack of body transforming results. In their place are smaller, owner-run training studios with professional, qualified trainers and fast results. However, the premium prices can be off-putting.
Enter our newest option – pay-as-you-train boutique studios. Barry’s Bootcamp was the first on the scene and now 1Rebel are showing us how it’s done with live music pumping during tailor-made high intensity classes. You now have the option to join the classes you love when you have time without worrying about a contract.