Fitness forecast

IF YOUR WEEKLY SPIN CLASS IS LEAVING YOU DIZZY, IT’S TIME TO GET READY, SET AND SWEAT WITH FIVE OF THE BIGGEST FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2018…

HIIT TRAINING

AFTER quite literally hitting the headlines in 2017, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is going to carry on its wild popularity well into the new year. HIIT workouts involve performing quick bursts of exercise followed by short and sometimes active recovery periods. Popular in groups, alone, in the gym, or at home HIIT continues to be popular amongst those that need to get their workout done, with little time to do so.

SUPERSETS

WHEN lifting weights, a superset is simply the action of performing two exercises back to back with no rest period in between. When doing supersets, you’re essentially doing double the work in the same amount of time that it would take you to do a straight set but you’re working through the usual rest period. The intensity of your workout is increased which will help you burn more calories which contributes to more fat loss and improves your cardiovascular health.

WEARABLE TECH

KEEPING tabs on your diet and exercise levels and all that good stuff isn’t going anywhere, it’s just evolving. Instead of the bulky fitness watches expect to see more discreet wearable technology in the form of sleek rings and slim, stylish bracelets that have all the capabilities of a traditional activity tracker and are the perfect combination of fashion and function.

GROUP TRAINING

HITTING the gym with a friend or even attending a class is a proven way to give you accountability to train. This will give you structure to your workouts, motivation from the loud and catchy music but most of all you’ll have more fun, more social opportunities plus think about all that extra support from your gym buddies on your fitness journey. Who doesn’t need a little extra motivation to go that extra mile?

BODYWEIGHT TRAINING

USING your own bodyweight to train is a super-efficient workout. It combines both cardio and strength training which is a great way to challenge your body as the workouts can be easily modified. Adding extra reps, performing the exercises faster, taking shorter breaks, or adding a ballistic movement, like a clap at the top of each push-up, are just a few ways to make the simplest workout tougher and build your core strength. This won’t just give you tighter abs, you’ll gain better posture and also relieve lower back stress.