That workout you’ve been doing for years is just like that sweater you won’t get rid of. It’s comfortable, but it’s also boring and outdated. Here are 3 new fitness trends that will inspire you and help you reach your next fitness goal.
“I’m a huge fan of obstacle races otherwise known as mud runs, obstacle courses and adventure races,” says Virtua Center for HealthFitness specialist and personal trainer Jason Staffieri. “I do them year-round, as do many of my clients.”
Staffieri and his clients are not alone. According to Outside magazine, obstacle-course racing is the nation’s fastest-growing sport. “A race gives you a reason to get to the gym regularly and complete a full-body workout,” says Staffieri.
What’s more, Staffieri enjoys the team environment. “You can do a race alone, but it’s always more enjoyable to sign up with a friend, family member or colleague. The camaraderie keeps you motivated,” he says.
“Plyometrics are exercises that focus on developing speed and explosiveness,” explains Staffieri. “It’s a lot of jumping, quick directional changes and lateral movements.”
Plyometrics have been around for decades in the world of elite athletes. More recently, they’re gaining traction in the personal fitness realm through the popularity of high-intensity video workouts like Insanity.
Staffieri likes to incorporate plyometrics into his clients’ workouts whenever possible. While they may look difficult, plyometrics can benefit anyone at any fitness level. For beginners: “I start slow, offer modifications and increase the intensity as my clients get more fit over time.”
Cardio-boxing classes and stand-alone boxing gyms are growing in popularity, probably due in part to the debut of women’s boxing at the 2012 summer Olympics. “Boxing is great exercise. It incorporates strength, power, balance, coordination and speed,” says Staffieri. “Even if you don’t want to do any real fighting, you might be surprised by how much you enjoy punching those focus mitts.”
Another great aspect of cardio boxing – you don’t need previous experience to give this exciting trend a try. “When I started my cardio-boxing class at the Virtua Center for HealthFitness, I had a young mother who just had a baby join the class. Now, over a year later, she’s lost weight and feels stronger and more energetic,” says Staffieri. “As her trainer, I’ve seen her transformation take place before my eyes.”
This, says Staffieri, is what makes his job worthwhile: “When I can bring something new to clients and they keep coming back and keep working hard at it, it really makes me proud. In the end, we all feel great.”
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