When most people hear the word “fitness,” they think of boring workout videos featuring people with insanely fit bodies in tight clothes. Sure, its exercise which is good for you, but it’s far from engaging. The good news is that there are a number of exciting fitness trends in 2018 that make healthy living fun! Which workout will you try this year?
The World’s First Virtual Boxing Workout
Boxing was a big deal last year. That’s still the case this year, but for different reasons. The Boxx Method introduced virtual boxing in 2018. Each session is designed to build muscle, shed body fat, strengthen your core, lower stress, and improve mental strength. The best part is that you don’t have to go anywhere or buy special equipment. The entire Boxx Method video library can be streamed online. Choose from one month, three month, or yearly subscriptions and start boxing!
Working Out at the Barre
Physique 57, a workout studio with locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Bangkok, and Dubai, has introduced another way to get fit. Their barre-based program incorporates stretching, strength training, and cardio. Just be warned, this intense workout will leave you aching, but the results are well worth it! Just like the Boxxing Method, Physique 57 also offers a streaming at home workout so you can give it a try anywhere.
Turn Up the Heat with HIIT
HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, is a strong contender in 2018. This type of workout is designed to burn fat using alternating bursts of high-intensity activity separated by brief recovery periods. This can be done at home by combining short workouts into one 20 to 30 minute session. For example, do 45 seconds of squats followed by 15 seconds of rest then another 45 seconds of burpees. The frequent changes keep things interesting!
Group Training on a Budget
Group training has been around for a while and continues to surge in popularity. This method involves joining a group of others to train. It’s appealing because it offers the guidance of a personal trainer at a much lower cost with a bonus social element. The website ClassPass has taken it one step further by offering packaged classes that many people use to replace their expensive gym memberships.
Functional Fitness for Practical People
Most workouts involve movements meant to get your heart pumping, and your muscles strengthened. Functional fitness takes a practical approach by incorporating exercises meant to improve our ability to perform daily tasks. This could be anything from carrying groceries to playing with the kids. Each exercise simulates a common movement that you do at work, home, or as part of a hobby or sport. Get better at what you do so you can have more fun with friends and family (and spend less time catching your breath!).
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