New year, new trends...especially when it comes to exercise. And, we don’t mind, because we’re always up for a new ways to stay fit and healthy. Thankfully, crunning seems to have fallen into the abyss (why was it even a thing??!) as new fitness trends come to the fore.
Here are our predictions of how you’ll be getting fit this year!
Why exercise for hours at a time when you can get fit in just 20 minutes a week? Seriously. EMS (Electro-Muscle Stimulation) Training, Europe’s latest fitness craze could be your new go-to. Using hi-tech gear, EMS uses low frequency electric pulses that relax and contract your muscles while you (slowly!) squat, lunge and do other functional exercises for 20 minutes. While 20 mins will go by in no time, you get the equivalent of a 60-to-90-minute gym workout! We think it'll be one of the biggest trends of 2017.
Since seeing the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, fans have been stalking the Hadid sisters’ workout plans. And, there’s no denying that Gigi is a huge advocate of boxing, along with all the other VS models. We know that boxing itself has been around for years, but we’re predicting that in 2017 it will have its 15-minutes of fame. The workout is claimed to give you a six-pack, toned legs and butt, and you can say goodbye to chicken wing arms. We won’t say no to that!
F45 training is not going anywhere fast in 2017. F stands for functional and 45 is the time your workout will take. Genius. Combining functional, group training in a series of 10 different circuits, we all have (or are) that one friend who is #F45obsessed.
LIT AKA Low Intensity Training
Say goodbye to high intensity training, and hello to low intensity training, otherwise known as LIT. Instead of sweating it out and pushing your body to its limits, you can feel the benefits in a low-impact training session. Hailing from LA, the workout combines Pilates and barre with the intensity of a boot camp. Sound interesting? We think so!
We think 2017 is the year to find a workout buddy and with a bunch of organisations hosting group sweat sessions, we can tell it’s going to be popular, think lululemon and Nike. You can also find your workout buddies online with Lose It!, My Fitness App, and My Yoga Online which brings like-minded yoga peeps together.
Remember the hay-days of going to a rave, and feeling three kg's lighter the next day due to lack of food and dehydration or the amount of dancing? This new workout is going for the latter—instead of listening to some boring playlist through your headphones, you can sweat it out to a workout rave. There’s currently one making waves in NYC—so keep your eye out because these will be a huge exercise trend in 2017.
If the workout rave really lit your fire, then Retrosweat will have you jumping out of your seat with excitement. Do you remember the ‘80s videos of guys and girls wearing fluoro leotards, bike shorts and leg warmers? Well, if you don’t, then check out this video. Yep, that’s right, Retrosweat is all about taking it back to the 80s.
We’ve seen yoga making waves amongst the women in our lives, but we’re yet to see broga take to the fitness scene full throttle. If you don’t know what broga is, it’s the bros doing yoga—yep more men please!
People love to post on social media how bendy they are and how good they are handstands, headstands, shoulder stands—the lot. But, we predict that die-hard yogi’s are going to fight back in 2017 and claim that you can’t be a true yogi unless you meditate. We expect to see lots of ‘grams of people sitting in silence and claiming to meditate. If you want to get into it yourself, start with the 1 Giant Mind meditation app.
We’re predicting that 2017 is going to take the focus off the weights (note: crossfit kings and queens) and instead look at a new way of training. And with this, we’ll see the rise of TRX training studios. TRX uses suspension ropes that are fixed to a wall or bar. You then use gravity and bodyweight to perform different muscle-burning movements.
Exercise Tech And Workout Apps
Time is valuable and time is also short. With no time to get to the gym, exercise technology and workout apps are on the rise. This means you can fit a workout in using a 15-minute workout on your app, or you can take that lunchtime stroll and count your steps on your Fitbit.
Image credit: Retrosweat