Working out should be at least a little fun. If you’re languishing in your current routine, maybe it’s time to explore some other options. Here are five workout trends that are hot right now. Perhaps one of them will infuse new life into your fitness regimen.
1. Aerial yoga
With its suspended silk slings and mid-air motions, aerial yoga garners lots of comparisons to Cirque du Soleil. Also known as anti-gravity yoga, this workout is said to help build flexibility and agility as well as core and upper-body strength. Plus, people who try it say it’s a lot of fun—so fun, they forget they’re working out. See what your local yoga studio has to offer.
You may need to go to a special aerial yoga or aerial fitness training center.
2. Bodyweight training
Use your own body to get strong. That’s bodyweight training in a nutshell. This workout topped the American College of Sports Medicine’s Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends. It first appeared as a trend in 2013 and has quickly risen to the top. The ACSM acknowledges that bodyweight training is nothing new, but “new packaging, especially by commercial clubs, has soon got it famous in all kinds of gyms.”
Examples of bodyweight training exercises include pushups, crunches, pull-ups, lunges and squats. Pretty basic, right? The simplicity and relative lack of equipment is part of what makes bodyweight training so attractive. You can do it almost anywhere — at home, in the gym, from your hotel room, at the park, and so on. Fly solo or participate in small group training classes—see what your gym has to offer.
Not sure where to start? Consider working with a personal trainer for a few sessions. CrossFit and boot camps also incorporate bodyweight moves, though they are not strictly bodyweight workouts.
3. High-intensity interval training
If you really want to sweat, turn up the intensity. High-intensity interval training, commonly called HIIT, is more or less what it sounds like: bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short recovery period. These workouts typically last around 30 minutes. They’re said to be an effective way to burn fat and build lean muscle mass.
As with bodyweight training, you can come up with your own routines and workout on your own or join a group fitness class.
More cardio-focused HIIT exercises don’t necessarily need equipment, but strength-building HIIT exercises may utilize jump ropes, boxes, kettlebells and other stuff.
Though barre may be inspired by ballet and created by a ballerina Lotte Berk, you need not be a dancer to try it. Though Berk started teaching barre in 1959, it’s really within the past ten years it started catching on en masse throughout the United States.
Utilizing a barre, barre classes typically blend dance, Pilates, yoga and functional training.
The workouts are intense and will help elongate, strengthen and tone muscles. By now, barre studios and classes are cropping nationwide, and you should be able to find one near you.
5. Streaming workouts
If you’re on a tight budget, travel a lot for work, or struggle to find classes or gym hours that work for you, you might consider streaming your workouts. Streaming workouts fit can be done anytime, anywhere (as long as you have wifi); plus, they tend to be inexpensive and even free.
Yoga, cardio blast, kettlebells, Zumba, indoor cycling—the options are abundant and ever-expanding as streaming workouts catch on in popularity. Some videos feature celebrity trainers. Others are produced by national fitness chains.
You can find streaming workouts on YouTube channels such as BeFit, Popsugar, and JessicaSmithTV, and websites such as Fitness Blender, StreamFIT, Crunch Live, DailyBurn, Booya Fitness and Cycling Fusion. Paid classes may charge a few dollars per session or be part of a subscription. Some websites offer a mix of paid and free workouts so you can sample before you subscribe.