“2014 was the year that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise peaked—last year it topped the American College of Sports Medicine’s predictions for the top fitness trends. This year, it slides to No. 2, while bodyweight training takes the top spot. The old-school exercise trend goes back to the basics: pushups, planks, lunges, squats, and pull-ups. Since these moves require no workout equipment, they can be done just about anywhere, making bodyweight exercises a great pick for everyone—from the home exerciser to the gym rat. Check out the other top trends here, then bookmark our favorite ways to work them into your workout routine for a fitter 2015!
1. Bodyweight training: Bodyweight training is an economical and time-saving option because the moves can be done anywhere. Squats while you brush your teeth? Sure! Plank while you’re waiting for water to boil? Why not! Try this app for unlimited workouts that will give your Bodyweight Workout a boost!
2. HIIT: HIIT workouts alternate between short but intense bursts of activity followed by periods of rest or low-intensity moves, and an an entire workout can usually be done in under 30 minutes. Want to change up your HIIT routine? Check out these HIIT workouts that will give you results in half the time!
3. Educated and experienced fitness professionals:Exercising under the supervision of a certified professional remains important to many exercisers in 2015, and the industry continues to grow, with more people entering the fitness field and becoming accredited to coach and instruct others. Thinking about finding a personal trainer? Find out The No. 1 Myth About Being a Personal Trainer.
4. Strength training: Strength training can be added to most workouts to improve or maintain strength, but the benefits go beyond the gym. Weight training can help everything from your mood to your memory. See 3 Tips to Amp Up Your Weight Training Workout.
5. Personal training: Realizing that one workout doesn’t always fit all, many people are turning to personal training to get exercises individually tailored to meet their goals. While it can be expensive, for some, having a personal trainer is the motivating factor they need to get to the gym. Need convincing? Here are 10 Reasons You Should Workout With a Personal Trainer.
6. Exercise and weight loss: Fitness industry pros and exercisers alike are getting more serious about nutrition—in 2015, the exercise-diet link will come full circle, industry insiders predict. For lasting health and weight loss, both components are necessary. Luckily, I’ve got 6 Foods That will Help You Drop Pounds Fast!
7. Yoga: Think yoga is just about flexibility and a whole lot of “om-ing”? The various types of yoga including Power Yoga, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Hatha, offer a wide range of benefits you probably didn’t realize. Find out the 5 Hidden Health Benefits of Yoga and How Yoga can Enhance your Athletic Performance.
8. Functional fitness: One of the great things about being physically fit is how easy everyday activities that used to seem difficult feel when you have more muscle and less fat (think: carrying a heavy basket of laundry down the steps, or lifting your suitcase into the overhead compartment). That’s where functional fitness comes in: training that will make your life easier. Get in on this trend with TRX for fast results!
9. Group personal training: Want to save money, socialize with friends, and still get a good workout? Think about putting together a group of friends and getting a personal trainer to work with your group. You’ll get individualized attention without the price tag, plus you’ll be more motivated to go to the gym knowing there is a supportive group of buds waiting for you.”
Thank You Shape Magazine for some of these great ideas and links