January’s over but that doesn’t mean it should be the end of your fitness goals. Your resolutions may have fallen to the way side, but it’s never too late to get yourself going with the fitness trends you’ll want to use for the rest of the year!
Let’s take a look at the fitness dos and don’ts that are making their way onto the hot list for the rest of 2018:
There’s a definite nod towards ‘prehab’ rather than rehab this year – prevention is way better than a cure! So next time you slip into your Lycra before your next run or class, take a bit of time to stretch out those pesky areas that often get stiff, crunchy and sore. Prehab exercise is the latest buzzword you’ll need to adopt to keep your body in tip-top condition – a proper warm up can aid your performance, prevent injury and help you recover quicker; it’s a win win!
Wearable tech was a 2017 obsession – who didn’t own a FitBit, Apple Watch or Moov Now last year! Still feeling attached to your fitness tracker? Don’t worry, we’re not ready to let go of it yet either. 2018 sees an even bigger steer at monitoring fitness levels, seeing an improvement and smashing targets. Keep tracking those steps – your wearable fitness tech will still be relevant throughout this year.
Yoga and all its glorious forms has long been on the trend list, but it’s quickly moving up to the number 1 spot in 2018. Yoga’s had a bit of an image refresh – it’s no longer reserved to the ‘hippy types’ and is seen for what it is: an incredible form of exercise. Yoga’s known for boosting your mood and can be a great form of cardio…yes, cardio! Want to burn extra calories? Hit your nearest Bikram Yoga class to turn up the heat on your fitness for the rest of the year!
Working out is never as fun on your own – take your 2018 fitness to the next level with group exercise. Get yourself into classes or hit the gym with your mates! You’ll find you’re more motivated to stick at it and push yourself with group training. Sure, fitness classes have been around forever, but this year is already seeing the hype ramp up.
High Intensity Interval Training
You’re juggling a busy lifestyle but you still want to get the most out of your training. That’s where high intensity interval training reigns supreme. Leading the way for fitness trends last year were HIIT classes – these 30-minute classes are do-able even for the busiest of people! You’ll hit bursts of intense exercise, taking your heart rate through the roof and boosting your fitness levels like nothing else. HIIT is an efficient and effective form of cardio that burns serious calories – that’s why it’s staying at the top of our fitness trends list for the next 11 months!
Put down the barbell! You don’t need huge weights to sculpt, define and shed some weight! Body weight training is seeing a huge surge in popularity and we can see why. If you don’t fancy stepping into the gym and can’t find time to hit up a class you can get an effective workout from bodyweight training. We’re talking about deep squats, push-ups, lunges…you get the idea!
Yes ballet...stick with us here! Want a bod to rival a lingerie model? Victoria’s Secret models have taken to the barres to tone their bodies. Ballet targets a huge variety of muscle groups so the more you do, the more you’ll improve your strength and flexibility. The result: a lean, strong dancers body!
Workout DVDs are nothing new, but if you want to save some cash, workout whenever you want and achieve real results, you can do worse than an at-home workout! Instagram influencers, celebs and our favourite health and fitness gurus all have their own range of at-home workouts – you can access loads on YouTube too, so working out from the comfort and privacy of your own home is easier than ever!
No longer tech for the die-hard gamer, virtual reality has taken over from fitness games. You can get add-ons like a mini treadmill which lets you run, jump and crouch while little sensors track your movement. Run around the world without having to leave your front room! VR could slowly be making its way into gyms too, so your next spin class could be way
Fast-paced living calls for more ways to unwind. There’s been a growing trend for mindfulness, including mainstream yoga, meditation and recovery-centred classes. The trend of slowing down and promoting self-care is high up on our 2018 list.
Let’s dispel a big fitness myth: you can weight lift without bulking. Equally, if you want to build muscle mass, you can do that too! This year, more people are embracing strong bodies and weight lifting lets you achieve just that. Whether you’re looking to get a strong physique or build some serious muscle, lifting will be the trend we’ll all be bringing on board for the rest of 2018! Get ready to see more #StrongNotSkinny!
Over the past few years we’ve seen a slide towards boutique fitness where qualified personal trainers have taken their skills and formed a smaller-scale fitness product. Think gym exercise programmes on a lower and plusher scale. Big gym chains have taken note and are making 2018 the year for top trainers to develop their own brands in-house. It’s good for everyone: clients get a bespoke service, the personal trainer (PT) gets to build on their own ideas, and the gym gets an image revival and more clients through the doors.
Underwater spinning hit our shores from the Big Apple in 2013, but has only just started to pick up some pace – it’s looking to be big this year too. With an average workout burning around 800 calories, boosting blood-flow and banishing cellulite, there’s good reason to add aqua cycling to your 2018 fitness routine.
Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals
Always dominating the fitness industry, Personal Trainers are our go-to experts when it comes to perfecting any trend and improving our health and fitness levels. Just one session with a trainer can give you a useful guide on perfecting your form, structuring your workout plan, advising you on nutrition and giving you a big motivational boost!
However you do it, there’s no real right or wrong way to raise your pulse, get sweaty and build strength for 2018. If you’re passionate about health and fitness, why not take it a step further?
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