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4 Fitness Trends to Try (Or Skip!)

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With so many new fitness trends popping up all the time it’s sometimes hard to keep up with them all! Each year it seems like there’s a hot new “IT” class or workout style. Personally I keep things pretty traditional with a combination of weightlifting and cardio in most of my workouts.

But sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and do something that’s a little more “trendy”.

Top 10 Fitness Trends of 2016

Every year the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) surveys hundreds of fitness professionals to see what they think the biggest trends of the year will be. Here’s a breakdown of their top 10 trends for the year.

Most of these trends aren’t new. It’s really nice to see that proven methods are the ones that seem to stick around the longest. Wearable technology is probably the only trend on the list that seems “trendy”. Most of the others have been around for years. Chances are, none of these are going anywhere anytime soon.

Trying out any of these fitness trends is a safe bet. They’ve all proven effective. It just depends on what you want to try and what you enjoy doing.

But what about those pop-up or boutique classes? You know the up and coming “next big thing”?

Hot Fitness Trends

Most of the hottest, new fitness trends are group classes but you can sometimes get at-home versions too. You’re probably missing out on the key element that makes these classes effective to begin with and that’s the group atmosphere. The energy is so real for these classes and sometimes it doesn’t translate when you take it home with you. Just something to keep in mind!


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Aerial Fitness is kind of like pilates meets Cirque du Soleil in a silk hammock. Depending on the studio near you, aerial fitness can be like a fun and relaxing session of airborne yoga or it can be like the hardest TRX-type workout you’ve ever tried. It’s good to know which one you’re getting yourself into before you sign up, so make sure you do your research.

Aerial fitness can make for a fun and effective full body workout with a focus on stretching, flexibility, and core work. If you thought holding a plank was tough, try doing it in midair! The downside is that it’s not an at-home friendly workout and you never know how often they wash their equipment, ew. And it can be expensive so it’s probably not going to be your go-to workout.

One person who tried it said, “If you’re looking to get out of a workout rut and try something completely different, this is a great class to try. You get to feel like an acrobat while working up a serious sweat and doing incredibly challenging strengthening and toning exercises.”

To Try or Not to Try?

  • It’s a fun, unique workout to break up the norm
  • Low impact and good for flexibility
  • Makes you think about exercise differently


  • Intensity of the workout varies from one studio to the next
  • Expensive, most classes cost at least $20 per session
  • Sweat soaked equipment


Bikram yoga (sometimes referred to as “hot yoga”) focuses on just 26 positions. Which doesn’t seem that bad… except you’re in a room that’s at least 105 degrees and 40 percent humidity! If you’re ready to get sweaty, Bikram yoga won’t let you down.

The high heat is supposed to increase flexibility, drive your heart rate up, and flush toxins from your body. McKenzie Pinckney is one of our Females of Fitness and she swears by it. She fell in love with hot yoga and can’t get enough!

Mckenzie says, “The heat is healing and it changes you from the inside out.”

The American Council on Exercise, “recommends that newcomers stick to conventional yoga or try hot yoga at a studio that offers it at lower heat.” Although the heat can be great for some, it might be dangerous if you have certain health issues, so be sure to talk to your doc. Getting light headed or nauseous are common symptoms if you’re not properly hydrated.

To Try or Not to Try?

  • Helps you get a deeper stretch than traditional yoga
  • You get really sweaty
  • Potentially burns more calories than traditional yoga


  • Potential health risk
  • The heat can be overwhelming
  • You might feel sick if you’re not well hydrated


Think dance class + drum sticks. Pound was created by two drummers with a love of fitness. They decided to take something they loved (drumming) and use it to make their exercise routine more fun and exciting. Even though the drumsticks are slightly weighted to provide some resistance, the workouts mostly use body weight and aerobics.

Since pound is fairly new there aren’t a lot of studios yet. It’s similar to Zumba® because you’re following an instructor and it uses high-energy music to get you amped. It’s on all the hot workout trends lists and you’ll probably see more of it in the future.

It’s a great workout to get your heart rate up. And their website says that you can burn up to 900 calories in a single hour! But keep in mind that their workouts are designed for you to go at your own pace. If you aren’t pushing yourself then you won’t reach that upper calorie limit.

To Try or Not to Try?

  • Fun and fast-paced
  • Gets your heart rate up
  • Can take the workouts at your own pace


  • Not very many studios
  • Requires special equipment
  • Need to follow along with instructor to match moves


Indoor cycle classes have exploded in popularity in the last few years. People call it spinning class, spin class or just plain spin. It doesn’t matter what you call it though because this workout is intense.

Only certified instructors can teach spin and they do a great job of amping up the energy of the group and pushing you to your limits. In the end though, you’re the one that controls your intensity and speed.

But it’s not just the workouts that are intense. The spin culture and community is pretty dedicated too. The classes can become a tight community where you become really close with your fellow spinners or if you’re new you might feel a little like an outsider. I’m pretty sure there’s even a TV show about spin class!

To Try or Not to Try?

  • Great cardio workout
  • Low impact on your joints
  • You control your workout


  • Intense culture/community
  • No strength training
  • Over exert yourself because of peer pressure

The Problem with Trends

The issue with just about any fitness trend is that they’re expensive and they don’t get results. Sticking to any of these trends long enough to see increased fat loss and tone means spending a lot of money. They also don’t incorporate the nutrition needed in order to get the results you want.

These classes are a great way to mix things up and enjoy an active lifestyle. But if you’re looking for real results you need a program that combines both strength and cardio into your workouts and shows you how to nourish your body in order to get lean and toned.

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With my challenge you get short and effective workouts that you can do from home in 30 minutes. These workouts combine cardio and strength training to help you burn calories and get toned.

But it doesn’t stop there, you also get meal plans designed for you to get results. They’re delicious and healthy! You’ll know exactly what you should eat in order to get the results you want.

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Karina Elle

Karina Elle

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Karina Elle is a professional fitness model and creator of the 6 Week Fit Model Fitness Challenge.

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