3 Fitness Trends You're Going to Want to Try
by Mary Lambkin
If you're stuck in a workout rut or you simply enjoy mixing things up at the gym, new workout options can be a fun and exciting way to stay motivated and make progress toward your goals! There's no harm in pushing your limits a little bit by incorporating a few new exercises into your existing routine — or even replacing your go-to workout with something entirely different!
It's all about doing whatever works for you, whether that's the hottest new fitness trends, your tried-and-true exercises, or a mix of both. Learn about three popular fitness trends below to decide whether one of them (or all of them) might be right for you!
1. "-ility" Workouts
Agility, mobility, and stability: all of these "-ility" workouts are hot right now, as many people are trying to improve their overall health instead of simply toning up their muscles. Agility, stability, and mobility exercises are all designed to make movement more efficient. Many aim to improve core strength, speed, and balance.
Most of these workouts require few (if any!) weights or pieces of equipment, and they can be modified to meet your fitness level. Incorporating a few minutes of agility work (think high-knee running, lateral jumps, and bear crawls), stability work (wall sits, one-legged balances, and planks), and mobility work (hip openers and shoulder stretches) can help you prevent and avoid injuries and keep your body nimble from head to toe.
2. Digital Workouts
High-tech support for your workouts can help you feel more motivated, try new exercises, and track your progress. From fitness wearables to interactive cardio machine displays, the latest health gadgets offer to take your workout to the next level.
Machines like the SCIFIT™ stepper can help you pinpoint the right resistance level for your workout and track calories burned, stride length, heart rate, and more. Other technologies suggest certain exercises for your body type and fitness goals. The level of insight these devices offer can be surprising, and super beneficial.
Once you input information about your fitness level and personal preferences, you'll be ready for a high-tech, high-results gym session! Simply head to the gym with your favorite fitness app, fitness wearable, the right playlist, and have fun combining cutting-edge technology with your good, old-fashioned
3. Functional Workouts
On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have functional fitness, a low-tech, simplified approach to training. Build strength and endurance with tried-and-true movements like pushups, sit-ups, squats, burpees, and step-ups. Functional training equipment like Bosu balls, kettlebells, and resistance bands will help you create a functional gym routine that challenges every muscle group.
Many functional fitness workouts contain a section that is 20 minutes or less, and ask you to perform as many reps as you can of each exercise. Try starting your next workout by doing as many burpees, sit-ups, and pushups as you can to get a feel for this high-intensity, full-body fitness trend!
As always, please consult with a physician prior to beginning any exercise program. See full medical disclaimer here.