Are These Fitness Trends Right for You?

Dec 10, 2013 6:53:32 AM

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Exercise trends come and go, but while some might be no more than passing fads, it’s fair to say that these exercises have been developed to work your body hard and give you the well-earned results that show you how much you’re getting back from them. Here, we run through the five latest exercise trends and explain why you should try them and what to keep in mind before you take them up!

1. The New ‘It’ Weight: ViPR

What it is:

 

The ViPR (Vitality, Performance and Re-Conditioning) is a large rubber tube that weighs between 8.8 and 44 pounds. While it may not look like much when it's lying on the floor, fitness trainers use it to get their clients into amazing shape with any one of the 9,000 potential moves in which the ViPR is carried, tilted, dragged, thrown, flipped, dipped, swung and rolled.


Why you should try it:

 

ViPR training is based on flowing total-body moves, like ‘thread the needle’, which incorporates arms, legs and the core. This kind of coordinated action is considered ‘loaded movement training’, which helps to not only build strength but also improve balance, agility and cardio fitness - making your body better prepared for life's real fitness challenges.


Keep in mind:

 

Because ViPR workouts involve the whole body, you won't be able to rest any sore muscles, so only try this when you're feeling 100 percent.

2. The Fitness Prop You're Seeing Everywhere: Wobbly Boards

What it is:

 

Paddleboards allow you to do yoga on the water but for an indoor version, try Indo boards, which can be used to imitate doing yoga on water…but on land.


Why you should try it:

 

Whether on sea or on land that's made to feel like the sea, these boards provide an unstable surface that works muscles in your core and lower body as you try not to fall off. They're also a great way to improve your balance.


Keep in mind:

 

Because your feet are your main connection to your board, you may find yourself gripping tightly with your toes and tensing your arches. This can lead to a slight burning feeling or post-workout soreness, so before getting on-board, warm up by pointing and flexing your toes and rotating your feet to loosen your ankles.

 

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3. The Regimen Turning Everyone Into Addicts: CrossFit

What it is:

 

CrossFitters often sound like they're speaking their own private language. Here's what it all means: They go to one of about 10,000 independently owned boxes (gyms), where they do a WOD (Workout of the Day) that involves combinations of Olympic lifts (e.g., power cleans), plyometric jumps and old-fashioned moves like pull-ups. In each WOD, they perform a certain number of exercises as fast as they can or complete as many reps as possible (AMRAP) in a specific amount of time. The coaches (trainers) at that box might also offer challenges like gymnastics, sprinting or lifting sandbags.


Why you should try it:

 

The WODs are essentially high-intensity interval training routines that involve short bursts of heart-pounding activity with rests in between. As you've noticed while admiring your CrossFitting coworker's toned biceps, this gets results. But the real reason CrossFit has become so popular, is that it simultaneously fosters a super-competitive yet super-supportive atmosphere. Everyone from the new mom to the out-of-shape CEO is encouraged to give every workout their all, and is supported all the way.


Keep in mind:

 

When pushing it to our limit as fast as we can, most of us tend to compromise form, which can lead to serious injuries. Look for box owners who are strict about good technique and start with at least one introductory session.

4. The Best New Way To Do Your Standard Workout: Tabata

What it is:

 

Think of the Tabata Protocol not so much as a fitness routine, but more as a way to structure your sweat session. For four minutes, you alternate 20 seconds of intense effort with 10 seconds of rest. The idea comes from Japanese fitness researcher Izumi Tabata, who found while working with Olympic speed skaters that this short, grueling workout is surprisingly effective at building muscle and improving aerobic and anaerobic capacity. You can use this same format with any exercise: cycling, running, jumping rope, resistance training, or dancing in your living room.


Why you should try it:

 

A study at the Auburn University at Montgomery Kinesiology Laboratory found that a 4-minute Tabata-style workout of squat jumps burned 13.5 calories a minute and doubled calorie-burning potential for 30 minutes afterward. A new study from ACE found that by repeating a strength-building Tabata workout 4 times (for a total of 20 minutes), participants burned between 240 and 360 calories and built muscle from head to toe.


Keep in mind:

 

You literally need to make every second count, so make sure you're fit enough to work hard for those 20-second intervals.

5. The Most Exciting Class Mash-Ups: Aqua Spinning and Piloxing

What it is:

 

They're combinations of your favorite workouts: cycling and swimming, Pilates plus kickboxing, and tribal dance and yoga (as in Buti or bodyART). Known among fitness pros as ‘cross disciplining’, these classes combine two styles of training into one workout.


Why you should try it:

 

Aside from the novelty factor (bikes in a pool!), you'll be getting the best of both worlds. For example, you may feel you're using more of your core and arms while spinning against water resistance, your hamstrings may feel less tight after a cardio-yoga class if you're alternating mountain climbers with down-dogs, and you'll definitely stay alert in Piloxing when dance moves are interspersed with upper-cuts and Roundhouse kicks.


Keep in mind:


Even though aqua cycling doesn't require that you know how to swim, and dance-yoga welcomes all levels, total newbies might want to talk to the instructor one-on-one before class starts, to get a professional opinion.

 

As we have said many times before, building lean muscle is absolutely crucial to staying fit long term. There will always be a new fitness fad or trend, so rather than following all of them, do your research and see which one really appeals to you. The more fun you have, the more successful you’ll be! And, of course, you should be taking Phen Caps, which will not only give you more energy for your favorite fitness regime, but will ultimately keep your cravings and hunger at bay.

 

What do you think of these fitness ideas? Would you try any of these, or do you have another fitness regime you love? Let us know by commenting below!

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