Health & Diet

Primal Fitness, HIIT, Fusion – Workout Trends for 2014

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The new year brings with it new fitness trends, workouts and exercises. Among the buzzed-about fitness options are primal fitness, the parkour workout, high-intensity interval training, fusion fitness and body weight exercises.

High-Intensity Interval Training – Maximum effort training. High-intensity interval training (HIIT), is an exercise concept that alternates periods of short, intense aerobic exercise with rest or less-intense recovery periods. Shorter than other workout programs, high-intensity interval training workouts are usually under 40 minutes. High-intensity interval training workouts are ideal for those that want an intense workout in a short amount of time.

Primal Fitness – Primal fitness and primal fitness workouts have become more and more popular as diets like Paleo increase in popularity and people look for alternatives to the standard gym workout. Primal workouts use the environment and your natural movements to challenge and push your body. Primal fitness and workouts rely on our forefathers’ constant motion and movements including running, jumping, throwing, crawling, climbing and lifting. An ideal workout for those who never want to be bored or stuck in the same routine.

Fusion Fitness – Fusion fitness mixes up two disciplines to create a compelling, intense workout. It allows people to get the benefits of two exercise regimes in one comprehensive workout. Fusion fitness workouts offer a unique hybrid of styles like cardio and yoga, pilates and boxing to deliver great results in a fun setting. Interest in fusion fitness is growing so expect to hear more about it this year.

Body Weight Training – A long-time favourite of many, body weight exercises are once again trendy. What many people love about body weight exercises is that they don’t require free weights. Instead, body weight training relies on moves like push-ups, squats, pull-ups and jumping jacks to deliver a stellar workout.

Parkour Workout – Love a good obstacle course? While it might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to a good workout or fitness routine, the Parkour workout is gaining in popularity. A high-energy, natural movement workout, a Parkour workout offers another way to get fit without the standard gym equipment. It borrows elements from martial arts, gymnastics, rock climbing and other athletic fields to enable participants to make obstacles like park benches, trees, guardrails, and buildings into part of their training. Leap, climb, crawl and jump your way to your fitness goals.

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