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“This is the biggest thing I see changing,” Davis says. “People start to use more of their own bodyweight.” The term may sound confusing but it really means doing exercises that improve the overall balance and coordination of your body. TRX programs are a good example of functional training. It focuses on strength exercises that increase endurance and flexibility so your body has a wide range of motion. All of this helps you perform everyday activities easier. It’s a lot safer, Davis says, because you’re fully supported as opposed to putting a bar on your shoulders while squatting.
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HIIT training has been around for a few years but it’s peaking now because there is more research showing how effective it is when done properly, Brown says. Only 20 minutes of intense training can bring the same result as an hour or more at the gym. Who has so much time to spare anyway these days…Davis has a preferred circuit training: 10 movements in 10 minutes; each exercise is done for 40 seconds with a 20-second break in between.
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People get bored easily and want their classes to be altered every time. That’s why they choose CrossFit. It combines bodyweight exercises, strength, high-intensity interval training together in many different ways. CrossFit in itself is HIIT and it’s helping your burn fat like few other workouts out there. You’re lying on the floor catching your breath and feeling exhausted. However, CrossFit is as its peak, Davis says. “I don’t see it lasting another 10 years because of the high injury rate.”
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MMA training is really popular and it’s a fantastic workout, Brown says. There is a slightly higher rate of injury than CrossFit, but if you can avoid slipping and falling hard you should try it. MMA has grown in reputation and admiration because people see fights on TV all the time and want to do it. Mixed martial arts training is an effective metabolic workout that also improves balance and coordination, as well as strength. Bonus: These workouts can actually teach you how to defend yourself.
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When it comes to different dance classes you have to think of the “barrier of entry,” Brown says. Zumba had its peak but hip hop influence is still around because hip hop is harder to learn. “There is a bigger learning curve.” That’s why they are still a trend and will be for some time going forwards.
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“Private training is never out of style,” Brown says. “More and more people hire them.” This trend also has to do with the end of the recession. People have more money to spend and prefer to pay for educated advice as opposed to embarking on an unrealistic journey towards getting healthy and fit. ACSM finds an exponential growth of educational programs at community colleges and colleges and universities that have become accredited.
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This trend has been around for years but it dropped to No. 4 in 2015 and 2016 from No. 2. The ACSM study says that many young people train exclusively using weights to improve and maintain strength. Weight lifting is now incorporated in workouts for kids and patients with chronic illnesses as well. Another workout that has been around forever is strength training. No one really gets away with not building muscle. Without it it’s impossible to lose weight and stay fit. Strength training increases your metabolism, balance, and bone density, which is crucial as we get older.
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“Barre classes are a big trend,” Brown says. Pilates has had its peak and people have moved on to bar classes because they use more isometric contractions (when there is no change in the length of the contracting muscle). “Isometric training has been overlooked because it’s harder,” Brown adds. The main benefit is more strength. Isometric training easily allows you to target a single group of muscles by increasing the amount of time you hold a particular pose.
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“People have started to realize that you don’t need to run 45 minutes on a treadmill to get good results, Davis says.” You’ll burn more fat by running fewer minutes but more intense. Alternative Motion machines are a huge hit among people who prefer to exercise at home. They have suspended pedals that imitate running and/or climbing but have less impact on your feet and legs than a treadmill or an elliptical.
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Basic exercises such as pushups, pullups, crunches and other bodyweight workouts are making a comeback. They were not really ignored but were never trending. People are smartening up, perfecting the basics before they move on to more complex moves. More people are interesting in ways to work out at home, Davis says, which always starts with the basics.
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As we get older we have to adjust our workouts so our bodies make up for what they lose such as bone and muscle mass. People want and expect to live longer but that requires a healthy lifestyle. People are becoming more and more aware of what it takes to stay fit in their 50s, 60s and beyond. This is an exponentially growing market due to the baby boom generation retiring and people who retired (are assumed to) have some money to spare for wellness coaching and exercising.
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Yoga has been around for thousands of years and, even though it’s not growing as fast as it used to, it’s still make the Top 10 of fitness trends. It is No. 10 in 2016 down from No. 7 last year but up from No. 14 three years ago. Yoga has many forms, each of each seems to reinvent every year, which is what keep yoga attractive.
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This is evident mostly among women. They still care about losing weight and having the perfect bikini body but they want the standards have changed: Muscle must be toned, abs should be strong and legs should be sculpted. Many women exercise their back and shoulders to build muscle so they waist looks smaller.