Move over, Elliptical… Roll away, Treadmill… Step aside, Stairclimber. There are new fitness workouts trends in town! And they’re making you achieve the desirable results while getting you in the best mood!
In the last couple of years, we have seen the rise of many new drifts that gave this decade a fitness spark of its own. Whether your aim was to burn calories, gain muscles or just tighten and tone; you must have pitched in one or two fitness programs. And in our Feel-Good issue, we’ve explored new arising trends and effective workouts that have taken a rear in the wheel to the traditional and exhaustive workouts.
Here, we bring you an exclusive preview of the trends and technologies that are about to make your workouts a whole lot better!
Kicking it off with ZUMBA; I am sure everyone has already tried or at least heard of this fat-burner, pain-free workout. However, for any ancient dinosaurs over here _which I doubt, ZUMBA is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American music.
Recently, ZUMBA was mingled with other dances such as belly dancing, Bollywood style and hip hop. And let me tell you, the whole mixture of all the above dances is MESMERIZING!
ZUMBA is pretty much the most awesome workout ever! Dance to great music, with great fitness spirit, and burn a ton of calories without even realizing it. If you haven’t tried, then you are missing tons of funs and easy fat burning access.
This is basically a typical hour-long class that is now bombarding many fitness centers and aerobics studios. With everyone facing the mirror, a teacher leads the group through specific punches and kicks; usually to the beat of dance-club music.
Now if you are up to some strength, this class is definitely your go! The kicks will strengthen your legs, especially the hamstrings, and it will firm your abdominal muscles. In fact, all moves will make your torso into a solid base, and who wouldn’t kill for that! Your cardiovascular system will also benefit, since it’s not just kickboxing but it combines cardio as well.
The moves are worked into swiftly executed combinations (e.x. jab, cross punch, hook, uppercut, front kick, jumping jacks, sideways scooting steps) weaving jumping amidst the punches and kicks, so that your heart rate stays elevated for most of the session. Et voila, you get a good strength class that will leave you drenched in sweat but completely energized!
Wait! isn’t that a new form of Yoga?! – No it’s not Yoga nor Advanced Yoga as many confuse it for. It’s similar yes, yet more or less of different rules, postures and targets.
Pilates is basically a fitness exercise that aims to strengthen your core. It’s not a cardio exercise nor considered as a sport, but it aims to emphasize core and muscles. So if you are looking for some deep cardio and fat-burning classes, I wouldn’t advise to rely solely on Pilates. On the other extreme; those who aim to get stronger, more sculpted muscles and some extra flexibility; this is the perfect exercise to get a person in a better posture and a better sense of well-being.
You must be informed first that this exercise targets mainly the core; then legs, glutes and back follow. It will help you stabilize and tone as it focuses on strengthening your back as you enhance your abs.
Well, let me tell you folks, this new kid in town is a miracle! Tabata is a 9-minute extreme fat burning workout; usually accompanied by nausea, day dreaming and seeing stars. I am not intending to scare you, but yes, you only know you’re doing the exercise correctly when you experience the above-mentioned symptoms!
With that in mind, Tabata typically isn’t a good idea for workout novices, since it was developed by Jap professor who was training athletes for the Olympics before it hit the fitness world by storm. You should also know that you have to be all warmed up before starting. So it’s not just the 9 minutes! You need to make sure that all your muscles are active or you’re most likely to get injured.
Now let’s take a quick glimpse of the exercise itself. The system is easy: 20 seconds of work, followed by 10 seconds of rest; and repeat. The short rest intervals force the body to keep moving before it actually recovers from the previous set—and that’s part of the reason why Tabata leads to significant aerobic and anaerobic gains. But there’s a catch: You have to push yourself—really push yourself all out, or else you are just exhausting your muscles.