Each year trends in fitness come and go. Some workouts are fads and are here for just a year, and others stick around longer. Here are a few workout trends for 2008.
Personal Training: Personal trainers are more common than you might think. People like having an expert there to guide them through a workout. Personal trainers are becoming more accessible in the health and fitness industry.
Strength Training: Strength training is popular for both men and women. Some focus on it for bodybuilding and body sculpting. And there are many who weight train to increase and maintain their strength as they get older.
Core Training: Core training, once a fad, but has proven itself to be a beneficial type of workout focuses on the abdominal and back muscles. Stability balls, BOSU balls, wobble boards and foam rollers are still used to help target the core area. Having a strong core helps with working out other areas of the body because it gives you the needed support for your spine.
A Mix of All Worlds: While some focus on just weight training or cardio, many are combining it all into their workouts. At the gym it seems many choose to focus on strength, flexibility and cardio. The trend is to focus on all of those areas to have a well-rounded workout.
Pilates and Yoga: Pilates and yoga are those trends that have remained popular longer. They are the exercises for the mind and body. These workouts target the core of the body, help increase flexibility and improve posture. Many facilities have classes and there are instructional videos if you want to workout in the privacy of your home.
Popular Facilities: The major fitness centers and health clubs still have a large clientele base, but it seems more people prefer smaller facilities for their workout routines. Many of these boutique fitness facilities focus on particular workouts such as pilates and yoga.
Another new trend coming about in workout facilities is 24-hour access. Most hotels equipped with a workout facility are open 24-hours. People have hectic schedules and it can be difficult to get to the gym, so now many are open day and night for better convenience.
A Tango or Cha, Cha? With shows such as Dancing with the Stars, ballroom dancing is becoming more popular. Couples seem to be signing up for classes more often than before. It gives a great opportunity for both partners to stay in shape and spend time with one another. Ballroom dancing can be a very useful aerobic workout. The Cha, Cha, Fox Trot, Polka, Jitterbug, plus many more dances can serve as workouts that make you break a sweat.
Children and Adolescents: The health of young children and teens has been a concern now for quite some time. With the increase in popularity of the Internet and video games, children are not as active as before. Child obesity is becoming a problem and is being recognized and addressed. Facilities and workout programs for children are popping up more and more.
Younger individuals need to engage in physical activity whether it is working out weekly, trying a new sport or playing outside instead of being glued to the television screen.
New trends each year are nice to look for because you don't want your workouts to be monotonous. They should be fun and enjoyable. Try putting a new twist on your workout this year.
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Michael Greeves, CEO and founder of Hyperstrike, wanted to develop an affordable fitness program for individuals and athletes that could be customized to their personal abilities and goals, and be delivered to any one, any where, any time. Learn more about HyperStrike workout programs.