Fitness Trends 2015
If January is known for anything, it is resolutions. Resolutions to eat more healthily, drink less, exercise more often….the list is endless. Gyms profit enormously from the huge influx of new members that join at the beginning of every year, imbued with fresh optimism that this will be the year for positive change! However, resolutions particularly involving drastic lifestyle changes can be difficult to keep. We’re looking forward to 2015 to see what’s new on the training and exercise market, and how changes there could inspire you to achieve any fitness related resolutions you may make.
Some fitness trends from 2014 will stay for 2015, such as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and bodyweight training. We’ve already posted a blog about these so check them out.
We’ve all witnessed the enormous success of spinning, a buzz-worthy and high-intensity bike workout that accommodates all abilities as you control your own resistance. Now, treadmill studios are set to be successors to the bike craze as they grow on the boutique fitness scene to prove that treadmills are not just inside alternatives to a solo run.
Treadmill classes will see the end of walking at a leisurely pace while you keep one eye on a music video on the wall-mounted TV, and another on the magazine in front of you. You will be motivated by an instructor as well as fellow exercisers either side of you, so there is no excuse not to break into a sweat. Classes combine incline training and high-intensity intervals, designed to burn calories, with floor work including lunges and squats to build strength.
While many view treadmills as a tiresome and unpleasant option, running is one of the oldest forms of exercise and in terms of offering a full-body workout and increasing fitness, its benefits are unquestioned. However, treadmill training has been dubbed the new ‘it’ workout, and we’re sure that with specialised programmes and class mentality, there will no longer be any talk of ‘dreadmills’.
It is all too easy to complete an intense workout and then scurry home as fast as you can without stretching. The popularity of high-intensity workouts is, of course, linked to this and though exercising to your limits is fantastic, intense training without the necessary recovery can be damaging. Muscles may indeed be sore because you’ve worked them hard, but they may also be sore because of neglect and this is a warning that your body is open to potential injuries.
As workouts get harder, people need to pay more attention to their recovery now as well. Enter new ‘Self Care’ recovery workouts like Self Myofascial Release (SMR) classes which involve foam rollers, therapy balls and core strengthening. There will be group formats for these classes but the dynamic stretching and recovery involved can also be undertaken alone.
The aim is to strengthen weak muscles which have the tendency to fatigue quickly since most people over-train muscles that are already strong because of exercise habits. Restorative yoga will continue to become a part of this programme and a move towards ‘recovery days’, which give the body a rest from high-impact cardio work and instead focus on self-care protocols.
In our digital world it is not surprising that millions of people are downloading fitness apps and using high-tech trackers that monitor and present a wealth of information that puts our health into our own hands. These modalities are arguably so popular because they provide another aspect to a workout – if you’re into gadgets and gizmos then chances are that a wristband that can follow your daily activity, heart rate and caloric expenditure will excite you. You can create accounts and log your data and track your improvements since most wearable devices sync up with apps. If you’re competitive, you can participate in classes where performance metrics are displayed on a board in the room.
There are apps to provide spin workouts, running routes, short intensity workouts, strength training workouts, yoga workouts – the list is endless. You can track just about every detail imaginable from heart rate to distance to calories to metabolic rate. You can even track your sleep! Such technology is capitalising on the fact that people are looking to live a healthier lifestyle by engaging more with their workout. As long as providers continue to make information relevant to users, the technology trend will continue to rise.
Since taking its name and fitness inspiration from sculpting ballet warm-ups, hot barre is growing in the fitness sphere. It could be considered 2015’s take on Bikram yoga, involving classical ballet moves in a room heated to 40 degrees.
Fans of the new movement say that hot barre enables a much deeper stretch and the humid conditions help with a cleansing toxin release. The dynamic fusion of barre work and yoga type stretches will get you long and lean without the impact of cardio. Strengthening postures will work the core and legs, toning your bottom and thighs, and it will also improve posture.
Sometimes less is more. You may have heard of or even downloaded the 7 Minute Workout app. When juggling other jobs and responsibilities, who really has the time for 90-minute workouts? We’re starting to see more and more 15-35 minute workouts which are proving popular as people are willing to work harder if it’s for a shorter amount of time. High-intensity interval training is a great example of an effective shorter workout, using brief intervals of maximum effort to raise the heart rate and burn fat.
It is also recognised that regular short workouts are more beneficial than infrequent long ones. For example, a 15-minute run might not seem like much but you will burn 135 calories, and if you squeeze in that 15 minutes five times a week, that’s 675 calories more burned than if you decided to skip it out. Breaking up your day with short workouts like this will also prove beneficial to your overall wellbeing, reducing stress and boosting your mood. Studies have also shown that even 15 minutes a day can add three years to your life, so no excuses!