It’s that time of year again — time to look toward the future and resolve to make healthy changes. If shedding some pounds tops your resolution list this year, you won’t want to miss these hot fitness trends for 2011. Read on to discover which fitness trends will be rockin’ your world in the New Year.
Which fitness trends are fading?
We can thank 2010 for zany fad diets (remember that baby food diet?!) and some funky fitness tools (Shake Weights, anyone?!). Lucky for us, global master trainer and Reebok creative consulant Sara Haley predicts that these fitness trends will be fading in the New Year. “They’re gimmicky with limited results,” Haley said.
Out with the old, and in with the new! So, what fitness trends will be making headlines this New Year? Check out these fitness trends for 2011:
Fitness trends for 2011
CrossFit – If you’re a grown-up who misses attending gym class, then CrossFit may be the right fitness solution for you. According to Haley, men and women are loving this popular fitness trend. “It can be done in a gym, park or at home,” she said. “It’s a high-intensity strength conditioning using kettlebells, gymnastics, rowing, power lifting and body leverage training.”
ViPR training — According to health and fitness expert Jennifer Galardi, ViPR training is growing in popularity. So, what is it? ViPR stands for vitality, performance and reconditioning. “I like the apparatus because it embraces more of a whole-body concept, addressing core stability, balance and agility, which are all essential for a well-rounded fitness program,” she said. “ViPR engages both the mind and body.”
Haley calls ViPR the “new kettlebell,” since it provides many new, creative exercises.
Fitness video games — The popularity of at-home fitness soared in 2010, just as we predicted last year. With the Wii Fit, busy gals on-the-go and stay-at-home moms alike started working on their fitness from the comfort of their family room.
In 2011, Haley predicts that at-home fitness will continue to be a success, thanks to the constantly evolving world of gaming consoles. According to Haley, it’s all about Microsoft’s Kinect, a controller-free gaming and entertainment experience. Haley recommends picking up Kinect games Dance Central and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. “People are able to work out at home and have fun doing it!” Haley said.
Tried-and-true fitness trends
These fitness trends have been around for awhile, but they’re still growing in popularity. Read on to see if your favorite fitness trend made the cut!
Dance — Though it’s not a new fitness trend, dance never goes out of style! “It’s fun, and there’s a style to suit everyone’s tastes, whether it’s jazz, ballet, Zumba, swing or hip hop,” Galardi said. “You can do it well into your aging years, and it boosts your mood, as well as your butt!”
Spinning — This popular fitness trend will gain even more popularity in 2011. “I think the ‘type A’ exerciser will continue gravitating toward spinning,” Galardi said. “Studios that offer spin classes exclusively are still gaining in popularity.”
Yoga — It has been around for ages and continues to thrive. “More people are understanding the importance of integrating the mind, body and spirit into their health and wellness programs, causing yoga to continue to flourish,” Galardi said.
Expert’s favorite fitness trends for 2011
JUKARI: Fit to Flex — “At the moment, I’m in love with Reebok and Cirque du Soleil’s program, JUKARI: Fit to Flex. It works on muscular endurance and gets your heart rate up so you get flexibility, cardio and toning, all in one,” Haley said. The program is currently being rolled out in more than 75 clubs in the U.K., and will soon be available in the U.S.
Bartenieff Fundamentals — “I’ve begun studying Bartenieff Fundamentals, which strips movement down to its core,” Galardi said. “I love to dance and want to make sure I can continue dancing well into my old age!”