We’ve handpicked some of the current fitness trends, so tie your laces, pick a workout-partner, and choose your class!
Dance classes are predicted to grow massively in popularity, with a special focus on two types of dance in particular. First, there’s Barre: a mixture of ballet, yoga and pilates, forming a workout which sculpts the body and improves flexibility and strength. Then, there’s the Bokwa class, which sees participants using their body to spell out letters and numbers to fast-paced music.
Despite gaining popularity amongst both sexes in recent years, the ‘strong not skinny’ mantra is evermore prominent, with an increasing amount of gym-goers incorporating barbells into their fitness regime, building a healthy amount of muscle. Exercise is moving away from size, and gearing towards strength: Pinterest said the term ‘strength training’ was searched 415% more this year.
Following the emphasis on strength, combat sport is dubbed to be a continuing hit, with kickboxing at the forefront of the trend. As well as burning calories and building endurance, combat sport enables you to sweat away stress and beat mental fatigue, building strength in both body and mind.
Slowly becoming increasingly noticeable in Yogis’ Instagrams and blog posts, yoga wheels are set to take the lead in yoga practice. Varying in size, yoga wheels can be used in lots of different ways and offer a multitude of benefits, from quad and hip stretching, to back, chest and shoulder opening. Stretching and strengthening your spine, yoga wheels can be used in a range of poses such as bridges and headstands.
With 4 in 5 children not getting enough exercise each day (recommended 60 minutes per day), families are really being encouraged to form healthy habits that last a lifetime. Motivating each other to leave the sofa and get endorphins pumping, family workouts are continue as another big fitness trend. Also, as the baby boomer generation progresses into retirement, we’re noticing a real rise in age-appropriate fitness classes to maintain boost health. So, no excuses, grab your family and join a class or plan a workout together!
Female Fitness Trends
We’ve picked out a handful of sweat-inducing, adrenaline pumping work-outs which will work wonders for your summer body and are amongst our pick of new female fitness trends.
Relive your childhood dreams of being a ballerina through a barre body workout. Set to contemporary, upbeat music, you can plié your way to muscle definition. From Barre Yoga to Barre Babies On Board, Xtend Barre Studio in Mayfair has the right class for you.
Why not kick-start your weekend with a bit of boxing? Box Clever Sports next to Portobello Road offers classes where you can release some of your built up work stress and box with a trainer as they push you to your limits. Leave the makeup behind, ladies, because this workout is guaranteed to make you break a sweat and boxing is growing in popularity all the time as an increasingly popular female fitness trend!
Total Resistance Exercise
Another new female fitness trend is TRX, ‘Total Resistance Exercise’. TRX has revolutionised the ‘original’ way of executing basic exercises. Using two suspended ropes you can challenge yourself with body resistance exercises such as press ups, pull ups and planks. This high intensity work out is bound to increase your stamina, testing your strength in several hotspots across London including Transition Zone in Parsons Green or the Reebok Club in Canary Wharf.
If you fancy getting fit why not find out about the classes at DSQ gym at Dolphin Fitness Club.