Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2017: What’s Hot and What’s Not?

Are you the type that likes to try new workouts or do you prefer sticking with the same old, same old?  If you're trying to make a visible change on your body, you don't want to let your workout routine get stale.  Mixing things up and trying new workouts can help your body spark faster change.  Here's a look at what the pro's are predicting to be the top Fitness Trends for 2017. Fitness Trend or Fitness Fad? Every year the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) takes a poll querying thousands of fitness professionals across the globe about what they see the biggest trends will be for the following year.   The list doesn’t change fast because strong trends tend to keep growing.  Like a Drake song, the best ones will stay near the top of the charts for good, long while.  Eighteen of the same trends from 2016 made it back onto the the 2017 list with two new trends breaking into the top 10.  The new trends are group exercise programs and Exercise is Medicine®.  Interesting since Socrates promoted exercise as medicine thousands of years ago.  Sometimes trends take a long time catch on!  And of course, group exercise programs go back to the very beginning of the fitness industry itself, but like fashion, trends come and go cyclically. Trend: “a general development or change in a situation or in the way that people are behaving”  Fad:  “a fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period”  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Fitness is a lot like Fashion. Both industries see their share...
20 Minute Workout with Tabata Super Sets (Cuz they’re more fun that way!)

20 Minute Workout with Tabata Super Sets (Cuz they’re more fun that way!)

Tabata Super Sets?  Got 20 Minutes?  This can be better than a 45-minute workout! If you give this 20-minute workout your all, and it will be better than a 45 minute half-assed or comfort zone endurance workout.  I'm doing Tabatas, but as a super set.   That means instead of doing all 8 rounds of Tabata with the same exercise, I'm alternating between 2. In this video I give you 5 great exercises to alternate between for a short, semi-sweet, intense workout you can do almost anywhere!  I do most of these outside and bring my own portable gear. Exercise swap out: Biceps:  If you don't have dumbbells, use resistance bands. Triceps:  If you don't have a Lebert, use dumbbells for overhead presses or a chair / bench for dips. Back:  If you don't have a Lebert Equalizers for rows, use dumbbells for bent over rows or resistance bands criss crossed around your feet for seated rows or bent over rows. Dead lifts:  No sandbell?  No prob.  Use a heavy medicine ball, kettlebells or dumbbells.  Or do jump...

Why You Only Think You’re Doing HIITs But Probably Aren’t (and Don’t Really Need to Anyway)

If you pay the slightest bit of attention to fitness trends, you've probably heard HIIT (high intensity interval training) is the greatest thing to happen to workouts since rubber soles shoes. The thing is, the term "HIIT" has been thrown about so much in recent years, it's true essence has become diluted. I was chatting with Fabio Comana, M.A., M.S., faculty instructor at San Diego State University, and University of California, San Diego at the IDEA World Fitness Conference where he was giving a lecture about this topic. He says, many of us out there think we're doing HIIT programs but we're really doing "some intensity" or "slightly higher intensity" intervals instead. This means we may not actually be getting all those amazing HIIT benefits we read about like increased V02 max and endurance, improved insulin sensitivity, reduced body fat and blood pressure and increased EPOC, excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (a.k.a. "afterburn"). Not to mention the well-touted benefit of saving time since HIIT workouts are supposed to be short and intense. HIIT programs were originally developed to make athletes bigger, faster and stronger. They were intended to be all-out maximum efforts to where you need substantial recovery time after each one. If you're doing an interval workout that lasts for around an hour, it's probably not a true HIIT workout. You simply can't perform enough intervals at your maximal performance levels to fill an hour unless you're taking very long recoveries. Your body runs out of the energy necessary to perform at that level and it needs sufficient recovery time to replenish before you can do it again, like...

Top Fitness Trends for 2016. Does Your Workout Make the Cut?

My latest blog on Huffington Post reveals the inside scoop on the upcoming year's top trends in fitness.  Is your favorite fitness routine falling flat or trending up? Based on a few surveys, I've got the "official" news on what's hot and what's not for 2016! [ That's me in the most recent P90 video doing a HIIT workout with Tony Horton First let's get our semantics straight. This list is about trends, not fads. The difference being that a fad is a phenomenon that blows up quickly, lasts only for a short time, then, fades away. A trend is something that gains momentum and can create long-term impact in the way people think or behave. In other words, a trend is a "movement." The ACSM's (American College of Sports Medicine) just released its annual "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016," in which nearly 3000 exercise pros predict what you'll see in fitness next year. In anticipation of this report, I spoke with three colleagues at the IDEA World Conference earlier this year to see if their top picks were on the list. Sure enough, several of their predictions made the list. Are yours? 1. If you're wearing it, you're trending. Wearable technology like fitness trackers, smart watches, heart-rate monitors and GPS enabled gadgets are the undisputed champs. Brett Klika, CEO of SpiderFitkids.com predicted this would be the #1 trend and he was right. Some industry analysts have predicted that the wearable technology market will approach $6 billion dollars by 2016. Wearables also include smart glasses, with a predicted $1.5 billion in sales (according to Juniper Research) and...