Back in January, we outlined some of our predictions on fitness trends for the year ahead. Amongst an increase in fitness enthusiasts becoming qualified professionals, group training becoming increasingly popular and the role of a Personal Trainer continuing to evolve, several new trends have hit the fitness world!
A peek at a few more unique fitness crazes to sweep 2013…
Combining elements from yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, and Tae Kwon Do, this mix of combat sports, dance and relaxation has taken off across the US. It’s not a new idea… dating back to the eighties, Nia is said to be great for improving coordination, circulation, and general well-being.
A Whole Lotta Yoga!
Yogalates, Power Yoga, & Anti-gravity Yoga have become increasingly popular this year.
The latest “weightless” Anti-gravity yoga sees yoga fans hanging in mid-air with a specially made anti-gravity hammock. Bring on the arial acrobatics!
The studio is dark and the music loud. Participants jump on trampolines and wave light rods in the air in true 1990’s techno style! Neon headbands optional.
Indian Balance Workout
The new body- and-mind program developed by Munich sport therapist Christian de May for any age group. The Indian Balance workout reflects “moving the body as the soul rests.”
A new workout program with reference to ballet barres, developed by English fitness coach Emma Newham. The Barre Concept is aimed specifically at women’s problem zones and already has some famous fans. Elements from ballet, yoga, Pilates, and weight training are said to help melt body fat by building specific muscles.
A hot dance workout from the US (strangely not requiring a Hula Hoop!) Polynesian dance meets funky reggae rhythms for an all over body workout.
The success of the Latin answer to aerobics is drawing out many copycats, most notoriously Zandunga. More original is Bollyrobics (Bollywood dancing, workout style).
This new, holistic fitness concept for women began in Canada. After meditation and aerobic warm-ups, there are hip-swings based on belly-dancing and African dances. The music is custom-mixed by belly-fit DJ Rowan Sentesy and based on ethno-techno, tribal rhythms, and chilled out vibes.
Weightlifting & body-weight training
In 2013, for the first time in a long while, body-weight training marks its comeback in the fitness trend charts.
As the likes of spinning and Pilates appear to have reduced in popularity, the trend is now towards classic workouts without the need for accessories.
Weightlifting for weight loss and muscle-building, especially for women has seen a significant increase this year.