Whether you are a regular gym goer and fitness enthusiast or an exercise newbie you may take interest in the latest trends in the fitness world. Highlighted below are just a few popular recent trends in 2015. Have you heard of them or perhaps even tried for yourself? Love or hate them, here are the ones you should know about.
This huge craze that took America by storm and the rest of the world followed started in the early 2000s. It is a strength and conditioning program consisting mainly of a mix of aerobic exercise, calisthenics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weight lifting. Even though the philosophy of high intensity interval workouts combined with functional movements is said to increase strength and lean muscle mass as well as burn fat, we have seen too many cases of disgraceful execution to trust that it is entirely legit. In most cases it is mostly about simply moving the weight or performing the rep rather than correct and safe form. According to Stuart McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, the risk of injury from some Crossfit exercises outweighs their benefits when they are performed with poor form. Even though, there are similar risks in other high-intensity exercises but Crossfit’s online community enables and encourages amateurs to follow the program without proper guidance, increasing the risk of improper form or technique.
These seem to have become a subculture lately to the point where the fans can enjoy a magazine devoted solely to obstacle racing – The Obstacle Race Magazine. Obstacles include climbing over walls, carrying heavy objects, traversing bodies of water, crawling under barbed wire, and jumping through fire. Many are similar to those used in military training, while others are unique to obstacle racing and are employed throughout the course to test endurance, strength, agility and speed. It’s good fun and requires some prep – mostly cardio and functional movements.
For an amazingly relaxing and fun experience of hanging in upside down in a fabric hammock try aerial yoga which will strengthen and stretch sore backs and condition the core. For those looking for more intense experiences, try aerial acrobatics such as the hoop or trapeze. These are more demanding as you will need some strength in your arms. Be careful and prepare for some blisters!
Since good old fashioned weight training (‘lifting’) came back into fashion everyone seems to know everything about bodybuilding and popping supplements like there’s no tomorrow. This trend brought about some ridiculous beliefs such as that women shouldn’t lift heavy weights or they become bulky or that supplements are like steroids. There is nothing wrong with loving to lift or supplementing your diet. But first of all, educate yourself and don’t buy into marketing ploys and waste money. Stick to simple, pure and basic supplements.