Exercising on commercial treadmills, true ellipticals and true bikes offer a great way to get your workout in. However, there are some trends those within the fitness industry are sticking by to help step up their workout to the next level. Here are a few of the most popular trends:
There’s an app for that!
A trend among the fitness world is bringing along your iPhone. There are a plethora of apps (including the TRUE Fitness app) available to further intensify your workout. Some count the calories you’ve burned as you exercise, while others track mileage and routes. Some smartphone owners even use their phone to virtually workout with a buddy!
Shape said, “With the wide availability of Skype and Facetime technology, you can workout ‘next’ to friends, with a personal trainer, or even in a group class without having to physically meet someone.”
There are even apps to count your calories and point you in the direction of healthy food in your area!
Intense interval training
High-intensity interval training is used among cardio workouts to really push your body to the limit and get the best workout possible. The trend is about switching off between 20 to 30 seconds of intensity, and going all out and then proceeding to go back to a slower pace. This strengthens the heart, lungs and muscles.
According to Rachel Cosgrove, a personal trainer and the owner of Results Fitness spoke on this type of training and said, “The harder your body works, even for short periods, the longer it takes to return to its normal resting state, which means your metabolism stays elevated – and you burn more calories – for up to 24 hours afterward.”
Barely-there running shoes
This trend involves wearing running shoes that are much like running barefoot. Brands like Saucony and New Balance carry these types of shoes equipped with minimum support. Exercising with these makes you feel more lightweight during your cardio workouts and you can feel your foot hitting the ground a bit more. But, be careful! Because of the low amount of support, these shoes could potentially lead to injuries. Fox News suggests going to a running store where they can evaluate your feet to determine if you’re good to go.