DON’T be left behind: here are new fitness trends for new year!
Ceri Hannan, Virgin Active’s national product development manager, revealed the top five new fitness movements.
Wear your fitness
Wearable fitness technology items such as activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices will get more popular.
Virgin Active SA has launched the new “Track” feature which allows members to link a variety of devices including FitBit, Garmin and Strava to their “myvirginactive” account where they can monitor all their fitness and activity data.
Carry your own weight
Body weight training programmes that require the minimal equipment are on the rise.
They use your own weight for resistance in pushes, pulls, squats, lunges, bends and twists.
Hiit it hard!
High intensity interval training, or Hiit, is a growing trend. Typically, it involves bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery and takes less than 30 minutes to perform, which makes it hugely popular for busy, time-stressed people.
The grid class teaches you how to do six basic movements with effective intensity to build flexibility and fitness.
Get on your bike
Cycling is the new golf. Whether you are in the mountains, on the road or in the ride class at gym, more cyclists are likely to be joining in the new year.
And the technology of the cycling is getting more and more sophisticated. The popular gym company has introduced the revolutionary Wattbikes which read the way you ride with output, technique and heart rate being instantly measured with every turn of the pedal.
However, they are only available at selected gyms.
No holds barred
All studies show that attending a structured class remains the best motivator to stay in a healthy exercise routine and to get the most out of a workout.
But variety and innovation are essential to keep participants stimulated and enthusiastic. A new trend is to creatively blend different activities.
One example is the Barre 180 class at Virgin Active which combines ballet, yoga and Pilates in 55-minute sessions.