Fitness Trends to Try this Year

Emily turning up the intensity on Mindy's HIIT workout!

As you focus on your resolutions, some of them may be to create a healthier lifestyle and get more active. If you tried the gym and found it was not for you and think you hate working out because of it, think again! Sometimes it just takes trying something different to find out what you like. In this episode we cover fun fitness trends you can add to your “wellness wish list” this year. Grab some friends, meet up for a class and after, go have a healthy dinner. Change up your night out!

The first trend is on Emily's wellness wish list. It's Aerial Fitness.

  • What? Aerial Fitness fuses stretching style exercises, pilates based core moves, fun aerial challenges, strength training, balance and posture work, to help create new brain body connections. This is for those looking for something outside of the normal gym workout to stay fit or for those to use it as a great body conditioning in addition to your weight or cardio workouts. Aerial Fitness allows for the freedom for the different design of body types, personality types and in different levels of challenge for reviving or restoration.

  • Potential benefits? Spinal decompression, lymphatic movement, myo-fascial tissue and adhesion release, feeling of well being, core strengthening, upper body development, lower body stability, strengthen postural alignment muscles, joint rotation and mobility, and muscle toning and strengthening.

  • Intensity level: varies, beginners can try aerial yoga to get a taste for aerial fitness.

This one, Barre, has gained popularity and we have both tried this class.

  • What? A ballet-inspired workout that mixes elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional training, and is choreographed to motivating music. Barre blends cardio, strength training, flexibility, balance and core conditioning in a total body workout that targets the hips, glutes, abs, and arms.

  • Expect to do a warm up to music, and move into the workout in which you might use light handweights, resistance bands, a ball and of course, the ballet barre. You’ll do a lot of repetitions and small movements which equals major booty burn.

  • Potential benefits? Muscle strength and definition, better flexibility and posture and mind-body connection as you fight through reps and learn about your body’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • Intensity level: low to intense, many modifications are suggested through class to change the intensity.

The next trend is ideal for everyone, gym membership or not. It's body weight training.

  • What? Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights or machines as the persons own weight provides resistance against gravity. Movements such as push-ups, pull ups, sit-ups, air squats are some common ones.

  • It involves compound movements meaning numerous joints and muscles are engaged in each move. Compound exercises have been shown to be effective for strength gains and performance improvements.

  • Intensity level: low to intense


  • What? Varied high intensity functional movements. Crossfit's philosophy is to coach people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness in a hardcore type setting.

  • Crossfit envokes a family type atmosphere where you all work together and can work in partners.

  • Intensity level: moderate to intense. Often very intense if wanted!

Next up is spinning class, specifically CycleBar

  • What? A cycling studio aimed to fuel each ride with amazing music and rider-specific performance data in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre™. There are a variety of classes, included “explicit” music classes and themed rides like the “Sleigh Ride” a Beyonce themed ride. You can choose to have your stats shown on the in-studio screen showing how you stack up against the other riders. They also email you your personal stats after each ride. Through the class, the instructor will tell you to turn the resistance up or down as you aim to keep speed

  • with the beat of the music

  • Potential benefits? Cardio to the max! It’s considered low-impact cardio which might cause less strain and injuries. It does not take a lot of skill to get started and you can change the intensity easily. Other benefits include increased cardiovascular fitness increased muscle strength and flexibility improved joint mobility.

  • Intensity level: Moderate to vigorous

HIIT, one of Emily's favorites, is our next fitness trend.

  • What? High Intensity Interval Training. It’s a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. For example, 45 seconds less intense effort followed by 15 seconds all-out intense effort.

  • Potential benefits? Increased fat burning, burn more calories in a short amount of time and increased metabolic rate for hours after exercise.

  • Intensity level: HIIT should be intense and for a short duration.

Pilates is next up.

  • What? It’s similar to yoga but emphasizes your bodys core- the abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thigh, butt and so on. For this reason Pilates develops much of what exercisers need- strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, balance and posture. Not to mention a lower risk of injury.

  • Potential benefits? A refreshing mind and body workout, developing a strong core, flat abs and a strong back. Pilates may also help you develop long, lean muscles and flexibility, create and evenly conditioned body, improve sports performance and prevent injuries.

  • Intensity level: generally low to moderate, but more advanced classes may be intense.

Shred415 is a newer fitness trend we’ve been seeing.

  • What? It’s a Chicago born and raised bootcamp style workout. It’s a 60 minute, instructor led, interval training classes alternate between treadmill drills and strength training using hand weights, resistance bands and more.

  • Potential benefits? Fat loss increase, increased cardio levels, boost in metabolism and the motivation to keep pushing with others in the class as well as the encouragement of the instructor.

  • Intensity level: moderate to intense.

Our last fitness trend takes us to Zumba.

  • What? This Latin-inspired dance workout is one of the most popular group exercise classes in the world. The high-energy classes are set to upbeat music and feature choreographed dance numbers. You don’t need to be a great dancer to feel welcome in a Zumba class. With the tag line, “Ditch the Workout, Join the Party,” the classes emphasize moving to the music and having a good time, no rhythm required.

  • The craze now known as Zumba fitness is said to have started as a mistake by Colombian trainer Alberto Perez. One day in the mid-90s, Beto reportedly forgot to bring his regular aerobics-style music tape to the group exercise class he was leading. With no music and a class to teach, he raced back to his car and scrounged up a cassette tape of Latin dance music. It caught on and grew to what it is today.

  • Potential benefits? Increased cardiac endurance, core strength, and improved flexibility. Dancing could be a good stress reliever too!

  • Intensity level: Zumba is an interval workout. The classes move between high- and low-intensity dance moves designed to get your heart rate up and boost cardio endurance.

Which fitness trend will you try in 2018?

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