4 hot fitness trends to look out for in 2013
- By Jack Preston -
- Jan 11, 2013
With so many of us heading to our local health club to get into shape, it’s important to make sure you’re not being left behind. These four new trends should be able to inject some fun and diversity to your routines, helping you get the perfect summer body.
1. Extreme exercises
We’ve all probably done spinning and Power Plate. But what about super-spinning and non-stop Power Plate? According to Grazia the regimes currently being practised by the likes of Lady Gaga and Mila Kunis are now coming to a Virgin Active near you. Also look out for ‘Myride®+’, a Tour de France style session with virtual scenery and sounds to distract you from the burn.
2. Swimming with a difference
“We’ve seen a huge surge in fitness swimming in the last month', explains Glen Heidke, Head of Swim at Virgin Active. “It’s all about getting race fit which means swimming smarter. We now teach pro tumble turns, drills, and kicking techniques.” Swimtag, high-tech wristband, is being used by people as their own personal swimming coach – tracking stroke efficiency, speed, distance and calories burnt.
3. Time to cool off
Ice baths have been used by professional athletes for many years to recover, now it’s the turn of us amateurs. “I tell my clients to throw some ice in their bath and sit in it for five or six minutes. It doesn’t even have to be after a workout. A short, cold shower has the same effect. It lowers your body’s core temperature so your metabolism revs up and you burn calories trying to stay warm,” explained celebrity trainer Dalton Wong to Grazia.
4. Pedometers with a difference
The Nike+ Fuel Band measures time, calories and steps. It also tracks your activity based on ‘oxygenkinetics’ (that’s the movement of your wrist). The more you move, the more ‘Nike Fuel’ you will earn. There’s no gender or body type info needed, NikeFuel awards everyone on equal scoring regardless of their physical make-up.
If you’re now in the mood to hit the treadmill, head over to Virgin Active and find out where your nearest health club is.