6 workout trends landing in 2018
Here at WF, we’re all about trying new things. On a hunt to overhaul our training regimes, we went straight to an expert to quiz him about all things up and coming fitness trends – introducing Drew Harrisberg, an exercise physiologist, diabetes educator and sport scientist. Stay cool while you sweat and nix the stale workouts with these fun, fresh ways to move.
Fitbit Cardio Tennis
“A key workout trend emerging in 2018 is Fitbit Cardio Tennis,” says Drew, “a high energy fitness that combines tennis drills with cardiovascular exercise allowing you to get your steps up in a fun way.” The beauty of this workout? It takes one of the key step-limiting variables out of the equation – skill level. Thank goodness. “You don’t have to be a professional to get involved, you can participate and enjoy the activity as a complete beginner. Fitbit Cardio Tennis incorporates other exercise drills and activities within the program which means you’re guaranteed a full body aerobic workout regardless of your level of experience, expertise or fitness level,” Drew tells us.
During this energy-busting workout, you can expect to burn around 400-500 calories per hour of tennis, which equates to approximately 1680-2100 kilojoules. “It’s important to keep in mind that your energy expenditure will be elevated in the hours following your workout and not just during the workout. This is called Excess Post Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) or in layman’s terms, ‘the after-burn’. Basically, your rate of fat burning will be elevated after the workout is finished,” says Drew. Uh, okay, where do we sign up?
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
“HIIT is continuing to grow in 2018. The workouts are hard and fast, and effective. It was a huge trend in 2017 and the results speak for themselves which is why it’s here to stay,” Drew tells us.
“Things like boxing classes, F45, CrossFit and bootcamps are still hugely popular. They’re a wonderful way to meet and become a part of a community. They also provide a motivational environment that’ll help you reach your goals and push you to your limits,” Drew explains.
“These include tough mudder, spartan races and Ninja Warrior style training. These activities aren’t just physically challenging, but they require huge amounts of mental strength, patience, endurance and team work. Those who have tried them before are often hooked for life,” says Drew. Team WF is taking a leaf out of this book – with half the team signing up for Tough Mudder this year.
“There’s something incredibly empowering about being able to get a quality workout anytime anywhere with just your bodyweight. The workout scalability is endless. From beginner to advanced, the exercise selection is enormous and diverse,” Drew says.
“Yoga has been around for thousands of years for good reason, but these days there are unique modern takes on this ancient art form. In Aerial Yoga you perform a range of exercises and stretches suspended from a hammock. The workout styles can vary from very strenuous to more relaxing,” Drew tells us. Go get upside down!