With 2014 underway, we're making predictions about the year's top workout trends. Which of the below will you try in 2014?
1. CrossFit: a strength and conditioning program used by police academies and military special operations units that has soared in popularity in the last year. In fact, it went from not being on the list at all last year, to being the top searched workout of 2014 so far, according to Parade.com.
2. Yoga: With different styles such as bikram, hatha, and vinyasa, this popular exercise has mass appeal. The second most searched workout of the year so far, according to Parade.com.
3. Online Training: As more and more boutique fitness studios and specialized classes pop up online, offering consumers the option to choose when and where they work out, expect to see more major gyms following suit, according to Shape.com.
4. Express (But Intense) Workouts: Given the desire (and need) of our increasingly busy population to "train smarter, not longer," expect to see even more express-style workouts (30 minutes or less) in 2014, says Jessica Matthews, M.S., certified personal trainer and assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College. Everything from popular DVD-based programs (such as Focus T-25 and the newly released P90X3) to high-intensity interval training style classes (Tabata-inspired classes and CrossFit) are designed to be as efficient and effective as possible.- Shape.com.
5. Zumba: An aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music. Fun to do by yourself or with groups! There are also several DVDs of Zumba inspired fitness programs you can do at home.
6. Couch to 5k: Whether you’re just getting started or are an experienced runner who needs a push, the Couch-to-5K Challenge makes working out simple, social, and fun. In just two months you’ll go from couch potato to running three miles (or 5K) on a regular basis. You’ll start each session with a brisk walk, and then walk/run, for about 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week — which is the same amount of moderate exercise recommended by numerous studies for optimal fitness. Learn more here.
7. Nutrition Takes Center Stage: “People are more aware than ever that what they eat may matter more than putting in gym time,” says Sandy Todd Webster, editor in chief for the IDEA Health and Fitness Association. So there's a good chance you'll see more nutrition-based offerings like food and diet coaching in 2014. via Shape.com.
8. SoulCycle: A high-energy indoor cycling class set to up-beat playlists.
9. Kettlebell workout: Researchers found that people who did 20-minute kettlebell workouts torched almost 300 calories- and that's just for starters. When you factor in the muscle-sculpting impact (the calories burned after you exercise as your body repairs its muscle fibers), the total expenditure could increase by up to 50 percent. Kettlebells also make traditional dumbbell moves more challenging. Their weight isn't evenly distributed, so your stabilizer muscles have to work harder, according to WomensHealthmag.com
10. Wellcoaching: This wellness-focused profession has seen steady growth in the industry for years, but experts are forecasting an even greater shift from traditional body-only training to all-encompassing wellness coaching this year. Wellcoaches are experts in facilitating the process of change (both physical and mental) over time and they work with clients to accomplish more than they ever thought possible. - Shape.com.
11. Emphasis on Recovery: "In 2014 you’ll see even more information and products aimed at fitness recovery for optimal results (think foam rolling, ice baths, massage, heat, and other strategies to speed up and optimize the recovery and rebuilding process)," says fitness expert, Nicole Nichols of SparkPeople.com
12. Workouts Designed to Build Brainpower: A trend noted for 2013, exercise that incorporates cognition-building challenges and specific movement patterns to improve brain function will continue to expand this year. - Shape.com.
13. Wearable Fitness Devices: Wearable fitness devices are no longer the badge of a health and fitness junkie—they're being worn by anyone who wants to move a little more and feel better, Nichols says. And we can plan to see even more advances in technology and connectivity as wearable fitness devices continue to evolve in the coming months. via Shape.com