Workout Trends of 2017

If you’ve put on a few pounds over Christmas then well done, it sounds like you had a good time. However, if like the rest of the world, you’re starting to think about shifting a bit of weight and getting into shape, then this one’s for you.
The problem is, what was hot in 2016 might not float your boat in 2017. And if you want to get fit the way the cool people do, you might need to change your exercise regime. A new year means a whole new host of fitness trends to get to grip with, so to make you lives that little bit easier we thought we’d check them out for you. So we round up 6 of the hottest new fitness trends for this year 2017.

Mindful Exercise: Yoga

Develop a deep connection between mind and body through mindful exercise. You’re going to be hearing this phrase a lot in 2017. Mindfulness is all about gaining a greater awareness of the deep connection between mind and body, and it’s going to be playing a big part in people’s lives in 2017. 2016 taught us that regular high-quality yoga practice improves physical performance by increasing core strength, flexibility and body control but in 2017 the increased emphasis will be on how it can also help to reduce stress and increase the focus of the mind. Sounds good right?

According to a yoga ambassador this year is going to be the year when people become truly aware of the power of Mindful Exercise – the positive effect of exercise on mental as well as physical well-being. In 2017 I think we’ll see people beginning to have a deeper understanding of the connection between their mind and their body, and appreciate the importance of taking care of both.

Water Workouts

Forget the water aerobics class you sniggered at last year whilst on your howls last summer. This is a serious HIIT workout in water that will appeal to anyone looking for a work out that delivers results. It is a circuit class in the pool that involves timed sprints, lengths that isolate your top or bottom half and aqua jogging. All finished off with, yes you guess it, a plank by the side of the pool.

A full-time swimmer said that based on experience, the incredible physical benefits that come from working out in the water is really overwhelming. Swimming dramatically improves cardiovascular fitness and increases overall endurance, but it also helps build muscle strength and definition. What’s more, it’s a workout that can be enjoyed by people of any age and ability, the ultimate fitness staple. In 2017, he thinks that an increasing number of people will turn to water workouts for their all-round physical benefits.

The Megaformer

If you’ve just got your head around reformer pilates, prepare to have your mind well and truly blown. This complicated new-gen reformer pilates bed, which is rigged up with various levers, pulleys and weights, is popular in L.A and is a favourite of Kim Kardashian.

The magaformer is like a high-octane Reformer Pilates machine. Not for the light-hearted exercises, it includes the ‘wheelbarrow’ (hands are on the front of the machine and knees on the moveable back carriage, then sliding the back part away) and the ‘French twist’ (pulling cables to work on your obliques).

H.E.A.T (High Energy Athletic Training)

Shed the Christmas bulge with some high- performance training. In 2016, inspired by a summer of outstanding sport, the trend to train like an athlete and focus on improving performance through an educated and specialized approach to fitness is growing.

High- performance training that uses sports-focused theory to increase cardiovascular endurance and all round strength. H.E.A.T. gets participants training like athletes at various levels of intensity and resistance to build stamina, strength and power and also incorporates drills on the state-of-the-art SKILLMILL. These hour-long classes use athletic training periodization, with three distinct phases. The intensity increases throughout the class, meaning mental toughness is key.

These three periodical phases are:

• Base conditioning – the first 20 minutes of aerobic exercise (base conditioning) will work muscles to their end ranges and flood the body with oxygen

• Strength – the second 20 minutes is all about increasing your body’s ability to lift, push, pull, squat, lunge, throw, climb etc., increasing the body’s neural drive

• Power – the last 20 minutes tests your body’s ability to perform explosively with sprints and speed work now that muscles are fatigued.

360 Fitness

Make more effort to stay fit. A holistic approach can transform your health and fitness levels. The one area people are increasingly interested in is how to improve fitness from the inside out. Whether it’s around training for a marathon, group-exercise, or generally getting into fitness, there’s an increased desire for knowledge on how to optimize performance through pre-and post-workout activities.

This holistic approach and taking a knowledge based approach to fitness will no longer be something on athletes can access. Aimed at everyone this will help to minimize injury and maximize performance, as well as improving everyday health and well-being. Virgin are launching ‘Beyond Movement’ – a new suite of therapeutic treatment rooms that will focus on three vital components for preventative recovery and a 360 approach to well-being .

Virtual boxing

Boxing was 2016’s zeitgeist workout, and for 2017, it’s getting an update and going digital. Perfect for anyone that’s time starved and needs a work out they can fit in around a busy schedule and do at home. The Boxx Method, is the world’s first virtual boxing experience, in the form of an online workout program.

The program is comprised of a series of 30-minute videos of choreographed sequences that you can do at home. Simply run through five shadow-boxing rounds, alternated with high-intensity intervals, and culminating in a ‘knockout round’ at the end. A monthly or annual subscription grants access to the online library and each intense class reputedly burns 600 calories, improves strength, speed and co-ordination, and continues to burn calories for 12 hours after you’ve finished.