Fitness is all the rage right now – which may sound a tad odd thinking about it. The idea of being fit and healthy being a ‘trend’ but as right/wrong as that may be – being fit, healthy and in shape has always been a thing. Over the past few years I’ve tried many a different exercise trends and so I thought a little quick fire run down with mini reviews of five of my favourite fitness trends would be a good way to capture them all together in a single post. All inspired by looking back at 100 years of fitness trends in the video below.. Jazzercise anyone?! I know fitness style wise it takes a lot to beat a classic 80’s aerobics outfit!
Go hard or go home and all that. This one is probably my number one get feeling fit in super quick time option. It’s hard, not for the faint hearted and it will make you sweat. But having said that, if I can get through a class then anyone can – you just need the right attitude of pushing yourself as hard as you can. Which will mean different things to different people. But at the end of the day the combination of HIIT plus resistance will basically be the ultimate combo to get fit quick. Just writing this makes me want to do a class.
BEST FOR: An intense all over work out and shaping up quick.
It’s been a while since I took a spinning class but I’ve gone through many a phase of doing these regularly. A combination of killer soundtrack that makes you think you’re at a party rather than at an exercise class plus the rhythm of a class makes for a motivating duo. Another one to get fit quick – good if you’re maybe quite new to exercising as once you’re set on the bike the classes are easy to follow (plus you get to sit down…)
BEST FOR: Cardio fitness and toned legs & bum.
3. Power Plates
I am a big advocate for the impact of power plates – sure, this is probably the most ‘faddy’ exercise option in the post but having done these over a period of roughly 6 weeks intensely and seeing my body change with minimal other exercise told me all I need to know. If you want to tone up then power plate classes are a great way to do so – combined with cardio and you’re in a pretty fit place.
BEST FOR: Toning Up
4. Bikram Yoga
I’ve taken a few yoga classes recently and really enjoy them. They’re great if (like me) you perhaps need that hour or so to just switch off and have a bit of a mini digital detox to force you to just detach from your internet addiction and take a moment to chill out. I love the feeling of having a good stretch and want to work on getting more flexible and yoga has been a great way to do so. Having said that, a lot of these classes are far more than just a good stretch – they can be tough!
BEST FOR: Anyone who wants to zone out and have a great stretch
It’s free – all you need is a pair of trainers (ok, these aren’t free…) but still. About as low cost as you can get for exercise in today’s fitness fad world. Keep it simple, fire up the Nike running app and off you jog. I am not a huge fan of jogging in general – it’s hard, kind dull and feels like a whole lot of effort. BUT I always feel good after a jog and it really is good to get out in the fresh air and just go for a run.
BEST FOR: Getting fit on a budget
It’s actually really interesting to look back at fitness trends over the years – for more info take a peek back at the Benenden 100 years of fitness in 100 seconds page with more on each of the different trend and fitness styles over the years.
For me, I’m currently feeling very determined to make the most of the motivation I have to get in really good shape. As much as exercise feels like such an effort I know how much better I feel when I have worked out so I am aiming to make the next 12 months all about getting in shape and maintaining it. Eating well, regular exercise that’s a combination of my five favourites above and generally being fit and healthy!
Post collaboration with Benenden.