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Fitness Trends Set to Go Big (or Get Bigger!) in 2017

Posted by Century Martial Arts on 1/3/2017 1:36:00 PM

Did you know that, according to a survey on Neilson.com, two of the most common New Year’s resolutions are to get fitter and healthier, or to lose weight? Isn’t it great that so many people use this time of year as the starting point to make changes that could really improve their lives?

…If only it really worked that way. As it turns out, these are two of the most frequently broken resolutions as well. Clearly this is something people want to do, or they wouldn’t be making the resolution in the first place. So what goes consistently wrong to keep all these well-meaning resolution-makers from reaching their goals?

One factor is boredom. When the same old resolutions get met with the same old exercise routines year after year, the result is equally predictable. So if your workouts are making you yawn rather than sweat, try switching things up! 2017 is arriving with a whole slew of new fitness trends, and other emerging trends are gearing up to gain popularity. The bigger a trend gets, the more easily accessible it is, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding places to try these out.

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1) Boxing and Kickboxing


“Fight fitness”-type workouts have been on the rise since the UFC and MMA gained popularity. Gyms and fitness trainers have been working to deliver an MMA workout to their clients – a way to get the tough, toned body without getting punched.  Cardio boxing/kickboxing classes let you train like an MMA pro, but on a freestanding bag like the Wavemaster instead of a live opponent.


Cardio boxing and cardio kickboxing classes are great for multiple reasons. One is the sense of empowerment participants feel from punching and kicking a bag. Another is that it blends cardio exercise (the footwork and quick movements) with resistance training (striking the bag) for a great full-body workout. Group bag work classes are popular, and often set to catchy music for a fun, fast-paced session!


2) HIIT Training


HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It’s actually been around for some time, but it isn’t until recently that HIIT’s started to become a household name. With HIIT, you work out in short, high-intensity bursts designed to get you to your maximum or near-maximum heartrate. In between these bursts, you’ll do lower-intensity exercises for a break.


HIIT training has many benefits, including boosting both your anaerobic and aerobic fitness. It’s a great fat-burner and muscle-toner, too! But best of all for anyone with a busy schedule, HIIT is quick. Some workouts can be completed in as little as 20-30 minutes, so you can slip HIIT into your schedule before work, during a quick lunch, or before you pick the kids up from school. Most gyms offer classes, but you can also find instructional videos for solo routines.  


3) Bodyweight Training


It’s is exactly what it sounds like – exercises that use nothing more than your own body for conditioning. Some common examples include pushups and pullups, lunges and squats. Other bodyweight exercises are compound moves, like burpees, jump squats, and plank-to-pushups.


Bodyweight training is great for fat loss, because the compound movements used in bodyweight training work multiple areas at once and burn tons of calories. The only equipment you need is your own body, and you don’t necessarily need that much space, making it a great option if you don’t want to go to a gym.


4) Wearable Gear


The Fitbit is probably the most-talked-about piece of wearable gear: different models can monitor your heartrate, track your runs, and even monitor your sleep, among other features. The Apple Watch also has fitness features, and there are dozens of other similar devices.


You can’t fix something until you know where you’re going wrong. If you aren’t getting the results you want from your workout, wearable workout gear might be able to provide you with insights. You can also use them to keep yourself on track. Wearable gear doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, either – a simple clip-on pedometer will measure how many steps you take daily, so you can try and add more each day.


5) Strength Training


The idea that thinness and thinness alone means health is finally in its death throes. Strength training takes the focus off the treadmill and puts it on the weight room. Machines, barbells, dumb bells, medicine balls, and other weighted equipment is used to strengthen and condition your body.


Women sometimes shy away from strength training because of a misguided belief that they’ll get “bulky.” But strength training can actually help slim you down: the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism will be, and you’ll burn more calories even when you’re at rest. Women should also consider strength training because it can help build bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis, which effects primarily women later in life.


The final takeaway from all this: don’t be afraid to try something new in 2017, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. You could discover a workout that you really like, to take your exercise experience from ho-hum to heck yeah!

Even if none of these trends ends up being for you, the time you spend trying them out will have been better for you than sitting on your couch watching five hours of Mad Men reruns. So go have fun! 

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