Six Trends in Strength Training
Strength training has been around for a very long time. We are all familiar with the most common method of building muscle mass and endurance: weightlifting. But what’s else is trending in strength training?
Body Weight Training
No-equipment workouts are becoming more and more popular and it’s easy to see why: they’re easy to learn, they require no equipment, they can be done anywhere, and they can be modified to suit any ability level. These exercises are very efficient in getting fit and include squats, lunges, and planks.
1Working with a personal trainer has many benefits. Motivation, encouragement, support and knowledge are just a few. With a personal trainer you’ll get workouts tailored specifically for you – addressing YOUR goals, celebrating YOUR successes and providing encouragment when you’re having difficulty.
Circuit training is a great way to get maximum exercise benefits in a short amount of time. Compared to traditional weight training, circuit training has exercisers moving quickly between strength and cardio without the heart rate recovery period that original weight lifting has. 2Circuit training burns more calories than original weight training by keeping the heart rate elevated, resulting in more work being performed in less time.
3Functional fitness is defined as “using strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power and endurance to enhance the ability to perform activities of daily living.” Functional fitness allows you to replicate your daily movement, such as lifting groceries, walking up stairs, etc. This helps you to build strength both in and out of the gym.
4This is a blend of functional training and HIIT and reflects the core movements of life. All moves are executed with a vigorous intensity. Repetitions and resistance levels are important in any CrossFit workout, with the main focus on strength building first and cardio second.
5Another major trend is strength training integrated with cardio, resistance, and anaerobic workouts. This results in a much more thorough, well-rounded workout that targets many parts of the body.
High Intensity Interval Training
6High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a booming trend. In these workouts intense bursts of exercise are combined with short periods of recovery. The intense moves can be jogging, boxing, skipping, etc. The focus is on intervals of intensity moves for 30 seconds to 4 minutes with a 30 second to 2 minutes rest period.
Remember: it’s great to stay current with fitness trends but always prioritize your OWN personal goals, YOUR motivations, and YOUR reasons for wanting to get and stay fit!
1 “3 Strength Coaches Predict the Biggest Training Trends for 2017,” Andy Haley, http://www.stack.com/a/3-strength-coaches-predict-the-biggest-training-trends-for-2017
2“A Show of Strength – Trends in Strength-Training Equipment,” Tim McCarthy, http://recmanagement.com/200701gc02.php
3“The Top 10 Fitness Trends of 2018,” Alisha Hrustic, https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a19546137/top-fitness-trends-2018/
4 “Weight Training Trends,” Julie King, http://www.octanefitness.com/octaneblog/blog/2018/03/07/weight-training-trends/
5“Classes,” Korey Gibson, Cadence Studios, https://cadencecycle.co.nz/learn-more/classes/
6“The 5 Biggest Fitness Trends of 2018 For Your Next Workout,” Amelia Phillips, https://www.voome.com.au/programs/
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