By Peter San Nicolas
It’s 12:33 a.m. and you’re not counting sheep, you’re counting the infinite number of fitness infomercials on TV. If you’re struck with the occasional bout of insomnia, you are guaranteed to find yourself dazed and confused about what it takes to get in better shape. Could it be abdominal electro-stimulation, P90XYZ, or maybe it’s mail order food? I want to give you my Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2013, so let’s get started.
Dance Cardio Classes
— Zumba, Latin dance, hip hop. These are great ways to increase cardio-respiratory efficiency.
— Some times good old-fashioned pushups, pull-ups and lunges are all you need to get in shape.
— Olympic lifts like the clean and jerk and the snatch are extremely technical moves that require proper direction and technique. Power-lifting moves like dead-lift, bench press and squat are great compound joint movements that will heat up that metabolism from the inside out. All weightlifting movements, with proper nutrition, will aide in the increase of lean body mass.
— Running will always be in the top trends of fitness. 5k’s, 10k’s and marathons will always be around, and as long as dolphin shorts don’t make a comeback running events will continue to be around.
— I don’t know, but I’ve been told! Bootcamp workouts are fitness Gold! The camaraderie and combination of running, bodyweight exercises and functional movements make bootcamp workouts a great choice! Hoorah!
— I’m talking about kettlebells and fixed barbells. Lifts like the Barbell Windmill, Open Palm Kettlebell Press and the One-Handed Barbell Press. These are the movements you’d see Steve Reeves doing at the original Muscle Beach in Venice Beach.
— I’m a big fan of the TRX Suspension trainer, but you can use Olympic rings, or other suspension brands. Essentially these are straps or ropes that are hung from above, usually about 8 feet up, and you perform bodyweight pulls, pushes, legs and core work from them.
— Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Mud Runs and Startan Races. These are extreme 5k-marathon distance courses that take you over, under and through obstacles and terrain that would test a Navy Seal.
— This is a very welcomed trend that has changed the food industry for the better. Keep in mind that all organics are not equal. The more naturally grown something is the better it can be for you.
Group Personal Training
— I’m rather fond of this one as it is a BIG part of what we do at my business. Participants get to share the cost of working with a trainer and still get the benefits of instruction, motivation and variety that a well-qualified trainer can provide. We utilize the majority of the aforementioned trends and combine them in a fun and effective program that can be scaled to meet the needs of any fitness level.
The key as always is to do something and be consistent and the results will follow. Eat right, train often and keep educated. Until next time, good luck and check out my websites www.ramonafitness.com and www.ramonastrainer.com for articles, workouts, videos and how you can get started on your path to you, only better!