Fitness has never been so fashionable, and working out has definitely been the new going out in 2017. But does your exercise programme need a New Year overhaul? Elaine Denton, fitness manager from David Lloyd Clubs, reveals the UK’s leading health groups’ predictions for 2018.
High intensity dance inspired sculpting workouts
Inspired by the popularity of TV programmes like Strictly Come Dancing and ultra-toned celebrities like Davina McCall, the new kid on the block is BARRE training. BARRE is a ballet inspired workout using the studio barre (or not with some programmes) and is a fantastic workout for toning, sculpting and increase flexibility.
It’s not just for girls though….Barre is also utilised by sports people as part of their conditioning programmes.
Let’s go outside
Fitness fanatics have always loved the endorphin boost that the great outdoor brings. As well as marathons, boot camps and cycling challenges, outdoor events like Spartan and Colourun have been incredibly popular in 2017. Next year will see everyone looking for the next must-do event – from muddy obstacle races for you and your pet dog to midnight runs by torchlight, outdoor events are set to become more fun and unusual.
David Lloyd Harrogate will be introducing Battlebox in March 2018– outdoor boot camp style classes with different themed classes for everyone. Battlebox Warrior is great for those who love obstacle courses, or Battlebox Strong is perfect for those who love a CrossFit style workout. Plus, it’s not just for adults – Battlebox Play is all about having fun as a family, and great for getting the whole family fitter.
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Parents are always looking for ways to get their children away from screens and spend time healthy together. Families are learning that finding ways to exercise together encourages children to form healthy habits that stay with them forever. From fun runs to outdoor obstacle courses like Spartan, more and more families will spend time exercising together in 2018.
TRY: Synrgy 360 Family; a 30 minute fun-packed circuits session for all the family aged 8 and over.
The future’s tech
Many gym goers admit to being hooked on their FitBit data and wearable fitness technology undoubtedly motivates by giving recorded, measurable results.
But now cutting-edge technology is being used to motivate in a group exercise environment where participants can instantly track their progress against others in the same class, allowing them to support each other, compete and push themselves harder to achieve their goals. Results can then be downloaded and reviewed via mobile technology away from the class.
TRY – Stages Flight Indoor Cycling and Wattbike offer the opportunity to measure and retest your fitness both in clubs and via an app, and work out to your individual power score, so you can be motivated to train at the right level and can track results easily!
With the awareness of ‘mindfulness activity and meditation’ and specific research that proves a positive effect to overall wellbeing, swap some of your high intensity workouts for holistic workouts. Wellbeing is all about a balanced approach to life, and this includes exercise. If traditional Yoga or Pilates isn’t ‘your thing’, try a Fitness style holistic class, that will get your body and mind into a calmer flow.
TRY: Broga– Fitness Yoga with a male sensibility, designed for the logical mind (but not exclusive to men) is new to David Lloyd Harrogate.
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