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How was your fitness in 2016? As the year comes to a close with the whirlwind of activity that comes amid celebration around the globe, we can reflect on what we achieved while continuing to strive for our best health yet in the new year. If you have reached a plateau in your workout game, or even just need a little inspiration to get off the couch and shed any extra holiday weight, try something new and different in 2017! Here are a few hot fitness trends that will get you moving in no time.

TRX

This Navy SEALs designed workout program uses bodyweight based suspension training. TRX, which stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise, uses the body to resist gravity in combination with specially designed equipment that can be customized for hundreds of exercises. These exercises target every muscle group and can increase strength, balance, and coordination.

One of the great things about TRX is that it emphasizes movement- it is not static exercising. This helps to improve neuromuscular connection in the body, which means your brain and body will understand movement better in addition to accumulating strength and muscle. It is a unique patented system that provides a tough workout that is known to be effective- it’s no wonder it has exploded in the fitness scene today.

Pole Dance

Ready to get in touch with your sexy side? Then pole dance may be just up your alley. You may be surprised to find that there is more to pole dancing than just spinning around the pole. Pole dance is actually quite acrobatic, which makes it accessible to both men and women. In fact, many of the pole dancing’s gymnastic moves originate from its circus cousin, the Chinese pole (which is usually much higher).

Learning to climb a pole, invert yourself, and hang by your knees requires an incredible amount of strength. Pole dancing develops your strength through the

use of your own body weight, which is why it is so effective at developing muscular definition.

HIIT

High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is a proven method for strength building and weight loss. This high energy workout revolves around performing various calisthenics exercise sequences for intense, short periods of time followed by low to medium impact exercises. Basically it is a balance of aerobic and anaerobic exercise, therefore stimulating the heart and circulation, while also effectively burning fat.

Yoga Sculpt Fusion

This fusion of yoga and weight lifting is sure to turn some heads. You may even begin to see more men in your next yoga class because of it! If you have started to feel less challenged in your typical yoga class, this will really heat things up.

Yoga Sculpt classes use light to medium sized dumb bells to enhance arm and core work during yoga poses. This will help increase muscle tone and enhance metabolism for better weight loss. Also, if you are already really flexible, adding some strength training to your yoga practice will help to prevent injury to your joints or ligaments by strengthening the muscles.

Cardio Barre

Get your heart rate elevated and your muscles toned with a cardio barre workout. This fusion adds a cardiovascular component to traditional barre classes, which are typically focused on muscle definition. Periods of intense aerobic activity are followed by shorter phases of active rest. They are sure to get your heart pumping, with all the usual barre class staples which include small, isometric muscle contractions that target the booty, hips, thighs, core, and arms.

MMA

Mixed martial arts is quickly growing in popularity and is one of the fastest growing contact sports in the world. With its blend of athleticism and partner

sparring, it’s hard not to see why. MMA is a blend of various martial arts disciplines such as karate, jiu-jitsu, boxing, muy thai, and more. Not only is MMA an excellent workout, but it will also build discipline, confidence, and self-defense.


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