Top workout trends for 2014

Top workout trends for 2014

Ready to try something new and hip in 2014? Forget running on the treadmill, here’s the top ways people will be getting fit in style this year.

Military-style training

Whoever tries military-style boot camps seems to get hooked. The workouts are undeniably tough, but the element of fun and camaraderie makes people return for more. Outdoor workouts like these are great for those who don’t mind getting up early, working out in a group, being wet and muddy, and like the motivation of instructors. Whether you’re a complete beginner or more advanced you will see great improvements in fitness, burn fat like crazy and feel like part of a team. 

SoulCycle

The fitness craze from New York which drains the sweat from you in 45 minute sessions. Think spinning classes but add on candles, dimmed lights and music which lifts the soul. Even if you don’t get very far on your bike you might find yourself on a journey of enlightenment.  With a £22 per session price tag the huge waiting lists to join this workout might surprise you. The hugely popular and successful brand ‘SoulCycle’ has even launched its own bike and nail varnish range.  Coming to gyms in London this year if you’re interested....

Piloxing

No, it’s not the gym version of pillow fighting. Imagine a combination of standing Pilates and boxing, an intense workout from the US and something not for the faint-hearted. Performed wearing weighted gloves, it aims to burn fat and sculpt your body as you pump along to music up to 145 beats per minute. If you liked Zumba but want to try something different this could be your thing, though expect it to be several degrees more intense.

High intensity interval training (HIIT)

Fitness professionals worldwide forecast that the massively-popular high intensity interval training will continue to be the no.1 fitness trend. These workouts involve short bursts of intense exercise followed by short recovery periods. Scientific studies show that HIIT can boost metabolism, sharpen your brain and burn fat fast. The fact they take so little time and get such great results makes their popularity unsurprising. Popular workouts include Tabata, intervals and Crossfit, but expect to see an even greater range of HIIT workouts this year.  However, injury rates can be high therefore only people with a solid exercise base should attempt it. Hopefully we should also see a corresponding rise in the number of professionals working in this area.

Personal trainers

There appears to be a growing trend towards using qualified personal trainers. As the fitness market becomes more crowded with instructors and classes, people are looking beyond the gym for additional or alternative training. Experienced instructors are increasingly in demand, and qualifications will become essential.

Online fitness

Just a few clicks away is a world of fitness plans which are perfect for people wanting to continue their training away from the gym. Whatever part of the world you’re in there’s no excuse for not finding the time for an exercise class. You can work out at home, even in your sloppy pyjamas. Many websites have a selection of workout videos, fitness plans, daily shows and nutrition advice. Very motivating and convenient, it’s not surprising this is getting popular.

Obstacle races

These long and demanding races are set to become more than a fad. Who would have thought that the races leaving people covered in mud, drenched and even electrocuted would prove so popular? For example, thousands of beginners and experienced people are already registering for this year’s Tough Mudder event, with over a million people taking part worldwide to date. So what motivates so many people to sign up for these gruelling events? For most participants the main attraction appears to be fun. Clambering up walls and sliding down slippery slopes is reminiscent of playground games, and there’s no first, second place or third place. Taking part and simply completing the course really is the main thing.  

Bodyweight training

Using your bodyweight for a workout is set to become one of the hottest ways to keep fit this year. All you need is yourself, and some determination.  The back-to-basics exercises including squats, the plank, burpees, push-ups and lunges.  All help to build muscle, burn calories and increase endurance.   Bodyweight training will always have the advantage over machines because no special equipment is required and can be free. Many independent gyms have adopted this way of training because it’s simple, inexpensive and effective.

Fitness gadgets

The health and fitness market is keen to get as many people as possible into fitness this year.  Taking advantage of our love for technology is a prime way to engage millions of people with exercise. 2014 looks set to become the year of the wearable fitness tracker.  Among the futuristic gadgets are Sony’s SmartBand and Core which track your physical activity and your emotions, the Notch tracker which monitors exact bone angles, and LG’s earphones which track heart rate and oxygen consumption. Get ready for an exciting year! Top workout trends for 2014

Ready to try something new and hip in 2014? Forget running on the treadmill, here’s the top ways people will be getting fit in style this year.

Military-style training

Whoever tries military-style boot camps seems to get hooked. The workouts are undeniably tough, but the element of fun and camaraderie makes people return for more. Outdoor workouts like these are great for those who don’t mind getting up early, working out in a group, being wet and muddy, and like the motivation of instructors. Whether you’re a complete beginner or more advanced you will see great improvements in fitness, burn fat like crazy and feel like part of a team. 

SoulCycle

The fitness craze from New York which drains the sweat from you in 45 minute sessions. Think spinning classes but add on candles, dimmed lights and music which lifts the soul. Even if you don’t get very far on your bike you might find yourself on a journey of enlightenment.  With a £22 per session price tag the huge waiting lists to join this workout might surprise you. The hugely popular and successful brand ‘SoulCycle’ has even launched its own bike and nail varnish range.  Coming to gyms in London this year if you’re interested....

Piloxing

No, it’s not the gym version of pillow fighting. Imagine a combination of standing Pilates and boxing, an intense workout from the US and something not for the faint-hearted. Performed wearing weighted gloves, it aims to burn fat and sculpt your body as you pump along to music up to 145 beats per minute. If you liked Zumba but want to try something different this could be your thing, though expect it to be several degrees more intense.

High intensity interval training (HIIT)

Fitness professionals worldwide forecast that the massively-popular high intensity interval training will continue to be the no.1 fitness trend. These workouts involve short bursts of intense exercise followed by short recovery periods. Scientific studies show that HIIT can boost metabolism, sharpen your brain and burn fat fast. The fact they take so little time and get such great results makes their popularity unsurprising. Popular workouts include Tabata, intervals and Crossfit, but expect to see an even greater range of HIIT workouts this year.  However, injury rates can be high therefore only people with a solid exercise base should attempt it. Hopefully we should also see a corresponding rise in the number of professionals working in this area.

Personal trainers

There appears to be a growing trend towards using qualified personal trainers. As the fitness market becomes more crowded with instructors and classes, people are looking beyond the gym for additional or alternative training. Experienced instructors are increasingly in demand, and qualifications will become essential.

Online fitness

Just a few clicks away is a world of fitness plans which are perfect for people wanting to continue their training away from the gym. Whatever part of the world you’re in there’s no excuse for not finding the time for an exercise class. You can work out at home, even in your sloppy pyjamas. Many websites have a selection of workout videos, fitness plans, daily shows and nutrition advice. Very motivating and convenient, it’s not surprising this is getting popular.

Obstacle races

These long and demanding races are set to become more than a fad. Who would have thought that the races leaving people covered in mud, drenched and even electrocuted would prove so popular? For example, thousands of beginners and experienced people are already registering for this year’s Tough Mudder event, with over a million people taking part worldwide to date. So what motivates so many people to sign up for these gruelling events? For most participants the main attraction appears to be fun. Clambering up walls and sliding down slippery slopes is reminiscent of playground games, and there’s no first, second place or third place. Taking part and simply completing the course really is the main thing.  

Bodyweight training

Using your bodyweight for a workout is set to become one of the hottest ways to keep fit this year. All you need is yourself, and some determination.  The back-to-basics exercises including squats, the plank, burpees, push-ups and lunges.  All help to build muscle, burn calories and increase endurance.   Bodyweight training will always have the advantage over machines because no special equipment is required and can be free. Many independent gyms have adopted this way of training because it’s simple, inexpensive and effective.

Fitness gadgets

The health and fitness market is keen to get as many people as possible into fitness this year.  Taking advantage of our love for technology is a prime way to engage millions of people with exercise. 2014 looks set to become the year of the wearable fitness tracker.  Among the futuristic gadgets are Sony’s SmartBand and Core which track your physical activity and your emotions, the Notch tracker which monitors exact bone angles, and LG’s earphones which track heart rate and oxygen consumption. Get ready for an exciting year! 

Comments

Mike D.
25 January 2014

Mike D.

Great to see that obstacles races are on the up. People want more challenges and less boring workouts.

Mike D.
25 January 2014

Mike D.

Great to see that obstacles races are on the up. People want more challenges and less boring workouts.

Matthew C.
24 January 2014

Matthew C.

This time next year it will be something completely different. A lot of the trends come from the US but only the best, the ones which really work (HIIT?) will hang around once tried and tested.

Derek B.
23 January 2014

Derek B.

Seems to me that these fads come and go. If you're serious about your fitness you'll stick with what's simple, tried and tested rather than wasting good money on what amounts to fancy packaging.

Elliot M.
23 January 2014

Elliot M.

Variety's good but it can start getting pretty expensive - especially with a personal trainer.

Richard H.
23 January 2014

Richard H.

It's good to mix it up and try something different though. I get bored with just doing the same thing, I need variety to keep me motivated!

Callum M.
22 January 2014

Callum M.

Aren't too many of these training programmes just fads that seem to go and go each year? It seems that fitness is a bit like fashion and it comes and goes depending on how many people are talking about it. I've found that the best way to keep fit is find something you enjoy - forget about all the fads and just do something you know works for you.

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