2012’s Trendy Workouts: How to Find What’s Right for You

by Deborah McConnell

June 09, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor

These days fitness has become more affordable, more accessible and more fun than ever! If you are already tracking your workouts on your smart phone device or participating in programs such as Cross Fit or Zumba, you’re ahead of the curve on workout trends for 2012. Trends aren’t always for everyone though, so I’ve gathered some of 2012’s hottest workouts to help you find the one that works for you.  

High-Intensity Workouts and DVDs

Workouts like P90X and Insanity make it convenient to get fit in the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule. But be aware, these are intense workouts. They work well if you are internally motivated and can be smart enough to adjust the intensity to your own fitness level. If you know sticking to a workout routine has been difficult in the past, enlist a buddy or family member to join you in your workouts. 

Tabata Training

Tabata consists of extremely high intensity intervals for 20 seconds, immediately followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated for 8 sets, or a total of 4 minutes. If lack of time is keeping you out of the gym, this shorter duration, higher intensity workout may be helpful. Most individuals need more than 4 minutes of intense exercise, but it could be a fun style of workout to try once a week. Tabata is not recommended for beginners or less fit individuals.

Small Group Training

The American College of Sports Medicine lists small group training as one of the top ten fitness trends for 2012. Similar to Cross Fit, there are many boot-camp style classes that provide fun, energetic workouts in an environment that provides motivation and camaraderie. Small group training can also be an affordable option for individuals who want instruction without the cost of one-on-one personal training.

Workout Accessories

Recently, we’ve seen the introduction of several unique training accessories that can be implemented into your workout to add variety. Tools such as TRX® Suspension Trainer™ and Rip Trainer™, battling ropes, kettlebells and ViPR® are all hot right now. Try any of these to add some fun and intensity to your workouts and check out the links above for instructional videos.

Technology

Thanks to the internet and applications such as Twitter, Facebook, Virtual Trainer and Nike+, you can find workout programs, track your results, share your workouts, locate education and attain motivation to keep you going in the right direction. In addition, many fitness companies have blogs and online fitness communities to help you reach your goals.

Remember, if you are new to exercise or just starting back up, always seek a physician’s approval and consider asking for advice or hiring a certified personal trainer to teach you how to perform these workouts for the first time.

Comment and tell us your favorite workout trend of the year.  

 
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