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Fitness Trends to Try: New & Classic | Southern Athletica

Fitness Trends to Try: New & Classic

Trend Setting: High Powered HIIT

HIIT, short for high-intensity interval training, has been one of the most popular fitness trends in the last three years of the American College of Sports Medicine yearly exercise trend survey. The basics of HIIT is that it combines short bursts of intense exercise with a brief moment of rest. Experts say this type of training gets and keep your heart rate up and burns fat in less time.  


What we love about HIIT:

Sometimes finding time for exercise can be a challenge. But what we love about a HIIT workout is that there are several that can be performed right in your living room.


Trend Setting: Meet me at the Barre

Barre classes combine ballet-inspired movements, Pilates and strength training. Often using a ballet barre for leverage and balance, it uses a method of high reps and small movement range. Barre classes are offered at studios across the country. Personally, I love the Pure Barre that opened up down the street from me, but my friend in Denver loves her Barre Forte.


What we love about barre classes:

We think exercise can be for everyone. And not only does barre do a fantastic job at offering modifications for those just getting started on their fitness journey, it also offers a distinctly feminine option.


Classic: Growing Stronger with Yoga

Yoga began as an ancient practice in India around 3000 B.C. and has only grown and spread since then. Developed as a way of using poses and practices to achieve one’s internal harmony, it’s expanded to become a multifaceted way for physical and mental wellness.


What we love about yoga:

It’s no secret that exercise is great for the mind as well as the body. What’s great about yoga is that it’s deliberate incorporation of meditation in the practices ensures the mind gets a little bit of extra love in the process.


Running the Distance

Despite the concept of a marathon coming from ancient Greece, casual running to stay in shape didn’t emerge on the scene until the late 1960s. And even then, joggers often had the police called on them because people thought it was suspicious! Since then, recreationally running to stay in shape has taken off. Now in the United States, nearly 60 million people say they participate in running as exercise.


What we love about running:

All you need to start is a pair of shoes and the desire to run. With programs like couch potato to 5k out there for anyone, we love how easy it is to get hooked.


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