With each passing year, we see new fitness trends come and go. In the 1930s, it was hula hooping. Fast forward to the 1950s and 60s and the vibrating belt was all the rage for burning fat. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way in discovering effective ways to work out. These fitness trends have been popular in previous years, and are only continuing to gain traction in 2017. Luckily, they’re easy to fit into your daily routine:
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) involves durations of intense activity followed by short rest periods. Not only does HIIT torch calories during the workout, it kickstarts your metabolism so you’ll be burning calories long after you’ve left the gym. HIIT is a great workout option for beginners and long-time athletes alike, as each exercise can be modified to match a variety of fitness levels.
At CrossTown Fitness, you can sign up for a HIIT group class in the morning, afternoon or evening led by a trainer who will motivate you every step of the way. If you’re in need of more individualized attention, opt for one-on-one personal training with one of our certified personal trainers.
Everyone has days where they would rather watch C-SPAN than go to local gym. When you’re not quite up for heading to your local Chicago gym, you can opt for a bodyweight workout right in your living room – no equipment required. Just because there’s no dumbbells involved doesn’t mean you’re not getting an effective workout. Bodyweight workouts are only increasing in popularity in 2017.
Push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, squats and plank holds can all be done during commercial breaks! Set a number of reps, anywhere from eight to 12, and see how many sets you can get through before your TV show comes back on.
No workout is complete without stretching, as it gives your muscles a chance to recover post-workout. Foam rolling, however, has become extremely popular for relieving muscle tension and increasing blood flow before and after workouts. This massage tool is effective in loosening muscles such as the calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes. If your hamstrings are too tight, for instance, you won’t be able to squat deep enough in order for the exercise to be as effective as it can be.
Foam rollers are great to have at home if you want to work on your mobility outside of the gym. They’re not expensive and can be found at any local sporting goods store.