THIS SUMMER HOTTEST FITNESS TRENDS

James Davies June 2016 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N9/2016
THIS SUMMER HOTTEST FITNESS TRENDS Mixing it up is where it’s at and fusion and intensity are the name of the game in fitness right now

Mixing it up is where it’s at and fusionand intensity are the name of the gamein fitness right now.

The growth of newfitness methodologies such as Crossfitand Barry’s Bootcamp are the commercialend of a movement towards moreeffective, full-body workouts that notonly give you the cardiovascular hit ofmore traditional approaches, but providefat burning and muscle toning too. Morevariations are springing up all the time –battle ropes and rowers, to name but two– but in essence there’s a growing trendtowards working smarter with shorter,more effective and intense workouts thatdeliver a lean and toned physique forboth men and women.Underpinning these approaches ishigh-intensity interval training (HIIT),a concept that sees you working at yourmaximum for very short bursts, restingto let the heart rate reduce slightly, andthen pushing hard again. HIIT creates anoxygen debt, and as your body seeks torecover your metabolism spikes to delivera fat-burning effect for up to 24 hoursafter you finish exercising. The proliferationof classes such as Insanity are testamentto HIIT’s ever-goring popularity.Given the effectiveness of the HIITapproach there’s also been a move awayfrom complex equipment to more bodyweightand functional-led training;think kettlebells, suspension training,battle ropes, hammers, tire pushes and flips, plus lots of good old-fashionedpress-ups, squat jumps, crunches andlunges. People are realising that you cancreate an intense and effective workoutwith little more than a stopwatch andyour bodyweight, and that in as littleas 20 to 30 minutes a day, working atintensity, you can make fast changes toyour physique.Approaches such as Barry’s Bootcampwork on interval sprints interspersedwith body-specific weight exercises.Insanity works off blocks of bodyweightmoves with very short rest times, whileCrossfit is based around bodyweight andOlympic-style moves with maximumreps against the clock.These are all highly effective with legionsof followers worldwide, and in Ibiza youcan find a lot of these theories applied tochallenging outdoor-based HIIT session.Mixing hill sprint sessions one day, withmaximum rep circuits the next, followedby interval based the next, all keeps thebody guessing and ensured ongoingresults. It’s also the perfect way to slipresults-driven training into your islandlifestyle. If spending hours at the gymdoesn’t appeal when the beach is becksport oning, how about a tough 30-40 minuteworkout two to three times a week that’sgoing to get you better results?There’s now a Crossfit gym in Ibiza,numerous beach operations offering kettlebelland circuit-based training, whileInsanity is launching at Aguas de Ibiza’sRevival in June. Retreat companies suchas 38 Degrees North offer weeks wherethe primary training is based aroundHIIT protocols, which delivers resultsfast, while also educating clients on howto keep it going when they return home.Another big notable trend is wearablefitness trackers such as the Apple Watch,Fitbit and Withings. They’re superaccessible and mean that everyone cannow track their progress and gauge howmuch exercise they’re doing not only inthe gym, but on the dancefloor too.And one final trend: what workout thesedays is complete without the obligatorypost to social media boasting of your performance…?

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