Each year we see an influx of new workout trends and promises of a better and fitter body. People are always trying to revolutionize the status quo with different workouts to keep our body guessing and challenged. This past year, body weight training took the cake for number one fitness trends of 2015, but we also have seen so many focused studios like cycling, barre, HIIT, and bootcamps emerging in every major U.S. city.
We’ve predicted what some of the cool new workouts will be in 2016, but we’ll have to wait to find out what they are come the New Year. Read on to get a kickstart on these workouts to transform your body and your routine.
1. Wearable technology
Exercise gadgets and apps are nothing new, but they will continue to reign supreme in 2016. New gadgets such as Spire (tracks mood and breathing), Muse (teaches meditation) and Moov wristband (to help your form when you workout) are only a few of the many gadgets that are being released by December 2015.
Wearable tech is constantly evolving, just like other fitness trends out there. The best part is that these gadgets, or apps, allow you to get fit without paying for a trainer or even a gym membership. They are motivating because people act better when they feel they are being observed, and these gadgets act as that watchful eye. Fitness trackers like Jawbone, FitBit and Nike+ FuelBand are only a sliver of the apps that have seriously changed people’s lives for the better. The best part about technology is that it is constantly evolving, so wearable technology will probably remain on the “it” list for quite some time.
Check out the latest and greatest trends in wearable technology. They also make fantastic gifts for your fitness-obsessed friends!
2. Aerial yoga
Forget normal downward dog, you can now do yoga hanging in the air. Aerial, or anti-gravity yoga, is the practice of yoga performed on a hammock-like piece of fabric – except the fabric can hold up to 2,000 pounds and can severely kick your workout up a notch. Aerial yoga studios have been popping up in cities all across the U.S. and has been touted as a great workout compared to normal yoga because it pushes your poses and stretching further while still focusing on breathing and relaxation.
Aerial yoga helps build flexibility, upper-body strength, core strength and agility. The hammock makes it easier to get the poses correct, making for a much more effective workout.
This is currently the biggest workout for 2015, but don’t expect this trend to stop anytime soon. In fact, watch it get even bigger. Boutique fitness studios are becoming the new norm when it comes to working out. Long gone are the days of a single gym membership.
For those of you unfamiliar with HIIT training, HIIT workouts alternate between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity that is typically finished in 30 minutes or less. During HIIT workouts you burn more fat, get it done quick, lose weight, not muscle, don’t need a gym and increase your metabolism. Many gyms, such as Barry’s Bootcamp, a celeb fave, is one of the many trendy boutique gyms that offer classes based on interval training. Find a gym near you and start getting in shape for the New Year!
4. Boutique fitness
Boutique fitness studios make up over 20% of the fitness market. We’ve seen Orangetheory fitness, SoulCycle, FlyWheel, Pure Barre, CrossFit, Shred415 and other unique gyms that have been showing up across the country. People are less inclined to hit one gym, but instead try out a multitude of classes wherever they live. Many boutique fitness gyms have a social aspect, as well as host people who have a desire to keep up with the latest trends. Hit up a local cycling, barre, yoga, or treadmill studio in your area to see what all of the hype is about.
Expect crazy trends like Parkour, surfing and stand up paddleboarding to emerge come the New Year.