Military FitnessHave you ever wondered what the next fitness craze will be? I am always curious about what crazy invention or fitness class they will come up with next. Well, for 2013 it looks like we are getting back to basics and mixing things up a bit. Here is a list (not exhaustive) of some of the fitness trends you may see this year:
1. Crossfit: a combination of strength and conditioning. There are a number of websites dedicated to the crossfit movement and gyms popping up for this sole purpose. Don't be fooled - this is a challenging workout!
2. Hot Yoga: I am sure you have all seen these studios all over town. This is your usual yoga moves coupled with a maxed out thermostat. Make sure you bring lots of water!
3. Demographic Specific Programming: these are exercise classes geared to a targeted group. You may have seen us do Tai Chi for Seniors at the library or checked out one of our many exercise DVD's for 50+, children, or expectant mothers.
4. Express Workouts: how great is this? You workout done in 20 minutes!!! Need I say more......Cardio Core 4 x 4
5. Back to Basics: this is aimed at getting us back to the push ups, jumping jacks, jump rope and sit ups of the past. I say, if it ain't broke.....
6. Corporate Wellness: a lot of organizations have recognized the need for a corporate wellness program. More and more offices have taken steps to institute fitness and wellnes programs inside and outside the workplace. Recently, our branch staff did a 12 week challenge. Each week staff were given a nutrition and fitness challenge -- for example, drink more water and take the stairs rather than the elevator. Staff had a blast and at the end of the 12 weeks admitted feeling better! I can't wait to do it again!!
7. Fusion Classes: essentially this is combination classes. I found examples of Piloxing - a combo of boxing and pilates or how about Spoga, that's spin andComplete Idiots Guide to Weight Training yoga!
8. Weight Training: certainly no surprise here and continues along the back to basics line of thinking.
9. Bootcamps: these are EVERYWHERE! I see them at the gym, parks, and community centre's. They can be hard work but also a lot of fun!
10. Core Training: I mentioned Core Training in my last blog post as I am a big fan. Exercises can be tailCore Strength for 50+ored to any level of fitness.
These are just a sample of the current trends. ALWAYS consult with your Doctor before starting a diet or exercise program. I have included a few resources you can find at your local library, jump on the trend wagon!