When it comes to planning your workouts for the week/month/year there are a few things you should take into account:
- What do you love to do? If you haaaaaate running, don’t force it—there are plenty of other ways to score a good cardio workout.
- Are you including a mix of different workout styles? A balanced training program means you’ll log cardio, strength, and flexibility sessions over the course of a week. And don’t forget to schedule your rest day(s), too!
- What do you have time for? Set yourself up for success by making realistic commitments and goals.
- Have you planked yet today? No? Just do it!
It’s also interesting to know what workouts everyone else is really excited about…maybe you’ll be inspired to try something new! So the team at MyFitnessPal looked at the training sessions logged by its 100+ million users over the past few years to see what workout styles are growing in popularity. Based off their findings, here’s your cheat sheet on the three workout trends you can expect to see more of in 2016—and details on how to try them now:
1. HIIT it:
The beauty of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is that you’re able to shorten the overall amount of time you spend exercising. But (of course there’s a but), you have to give 100 percent during each burst of activity in order to reap the cardiovascular and toning benefits. Don’t worry, the all-out intervals of work are followed by a chance to rest and catch your breath. One of the reasons this intense training style continues to be extremely popular is because it is so versatile—you can log a session at home (get started with the two routines below), or head to your local gym for a group fitness class like Tabata.
2. Go for the orange:
MyFitnessPal reports a 170 percent increase in Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) classes among users from 2014 to 2015, and that’s expected to grow as more studios continue to open nationwide. In a typical OTF class you can expect to cycle through three stations: running on the treadmill, sprints on the indoor rowing machine, and strength training with different equipment including dumbbells and TRX. During the workout participants wear a heart-rate monitor that syncs with a screen in the studio—the goal is to log roughly 12 to 20 minutes in the “orange” zone (about 84 to 100 percent of your maximum heart rate). This helps to trigger the afterburn effect (also known as excess postexercise oxygen consumption), which is when your body continues to expend energy–and burn calories—after your workout is over in order to return to a resting state.
3. Find a fitness tribe:
SoulCycle and barre classes continue to grow in popularity (32 and 4 percent respectively). In addition to offering a great workout, the boutique fitness classes are known for their tight-knit communities. This group of supportive pals can be instrumental in helping you stick with a regular training routine because they’ll keep you accountable. Plus, sweating with friends makes logging a workout way more fun. Of course you can always train at home (try one of the routines below), and chat with us at @SELFmagazine for cheers!
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