Fitness Trends for 2016

Here are the top trends in keeping trim and toned this year that will keep you too busy to get bored.

Celebrity trainer, former NRL player and co-founder of Flow Athletic, Ben Lucas, predicts the best fitness trends to try this year!

Hybrid Classes

"A hybrid workout essentially means that you train in two completely different styles for 30 minutes each," Ben explains. "It means you get to maximize your training hour, receive the benefits of two completely different practices, gain a holistic approach to your training and most importantly, you are less likely to get bored."

Look for fitness studios that offer hybrid classes, such as boxing x yoga, spin x yoga, spin x boxing, spin x strength and all combinations designed to complement and maximize the benefit of the other.

Ben uses the Flow Athletic cycle x strength hybrid class as a good example of combining benefits. "You're getting your heart rate up and working your legs in the first 30 minutes," he highlights. "Then, when you step into the weights room, you are already in fat-burning mode which is only further maximized by resistance training." Some research has found  that resistance training can burn calories for up to two days post workout, he adds.

Hot Spin Class

As if spin class isn’t enough for your fitness appetite, now heated spin classes are starting to take off in the US! The end result is not pretty, but you certainly get an amazing workout, Ben notes. 

"This is a great class for fat burning and it burns your legs and your core if your posture is correct," Ben explains. "Just be careful as you can dehydrate very quickly. Drink lots of water pre-, during and after class and you may want to consider taking in something with electrolytes such as coconut water."

Many hot spin classes also have a DJ on hand - or at the very least a killer play list - so you can see why the class is so popular, he adds. This really is the ideal class for those who are chasing high-impact, high fun workouts.

Live-Streamed Class

If you live a little too far away from your favourite fitness studio or gym, then live-streamed classes are the stuff of your fitness dreams. A huge trend overseas, live-streamed classes see the instructor come to you, so that the very best workouts are now only a click away wherever you live - or holiday for that matter! 

Speak with your local training studio about implementing some live-streamed classes, advises Ben. This way, you have the benefit of all the equipment on hand, which is particularly beneficial for weights and yoga, says Ben, who adds that streamed spin classes are just around the corner for Australian fitness fans also.

Aerial Yoga

"Aerial yoga started to take off on Instagram in 2015, but in 2016 I predict that more people are going to take the plunge and try it out!" Ben says. 

"Aerial yoga is fun and photo worthy, but it is also a great way to get a deep stretch, particularly if you have tight hip flexors," Ben explains. "As you are suspended in a position, gravity can help you get a little further in your stretches. Spending time upside down is also very good for stress management and relaxation."

Barre / Cardio + Strength

Barre Body has been a big fitness hit in recent years. Ben notes that an extra element is taking off in the USA in the form of barre-based workouts interspersed with intervals of cardio, stretching and recovery. 

"It is a great all over body workout and the fact that they also include stretching and recovery is a necessary bonus!" Ben highlights. "This type of working is a full body HIT (High Intensity Training)."

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