Fitness trends have run the gamut from intense aerobics all the way to the far, opposite end of the spectrum: sitting on your couch ordering a vibrating belt to strap to your belly flab in hopes of getting rid of it. (Yes, we owned one, too.) No decade seems to be safe from the next big fitness trend… OR the awesomely bad outfit that comes with it. In the 60’s we had Jazzercise. The 70’s brought Suzanne Somers and the ThighMaster into our living rooms. And we can’t NOT give a shout out to everyone’s favorite diva-fitness-ista, Miss Olivia Newton John, who showed us the very stylish ways to Get Physical in the 80’s.
Here’s our round up of the latest batch of fun ways to burn some calories… and, of course, the outfits that go with them.
Prancercise® is defined as: A springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait, and ideally induced by elation. The Art of Physical and Spiritual Excellence. WATCH. Johanna Rohrback you make our hearts skip a beat (and apparently John Mayer’s as well).
CrossFit is defined as: A strength and conditioning program designed to help people gain a broad and general fitness. CrossFit programming concentrates on constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity to achieve overall physical fitness, so that people are prepared for any physical challenge. Crossfit will definitely get your booty in shape, no question about it. Just ask the millions of die-hards that make its culture so unique. It’s even been referred to as a “cult”… a mighty good lookin’ one at that.
#3: AntiGravity Yoga
AntiGravity Yoga is defined as: a hybrid that combines traditional yoga poses with aerial arts, pilates, and dance. This technique is the first in a new genre known as “suspension fitness”. To us, an AntiGravity Yoga class looks more like circus play than an ancient practice. That’s a thumbs up in our book.
Spinning is defined as: a form of exercise with sessions focusing on endurance, strength, intervals, high intensity (race days), and recovery, using a special stationary exercise bicycle with a weighted flywheel in a classroom setting. Ask anyone who’s been to the “popular kid” version of this class, SoulCycle, and they will wax on and on about how much they love it. Actually go yourself and you may be saying it’s “hell on wheels”. Regardless, spinning has become so popular that the ingenious NYC homeless have discovered a way to get their dose for free.
#5: Themed Races
Zombies, colored paint, mud, and glory? Today’s races feature insane obstacles, over-the-top costumes, and tons of teamwork. The best part: These wild n’ crazy events get the body, mind, and spirit off to the races. There’s truly something for everyone (couch potatoes included)!
#6: Kangoo Pogo Boots
Yes, Kangoo — as in, kangaroo. These exercise boots, which look like rollerblades with springs instead of wheels, are quickly becoming one of the newest fitness crazes in the country.
#7: Vibration Platform Machine
With whole body vibration, you stand, sit or lie on a machine with a vibrating platform. As the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to your body, forcing your muscles to contract and relax dozens of times each second. The thought of just standing and losing weight is almost as awesome as the sitting-on-the-couch-and-lose-weight belt we mentioned before. There isn’t enough testing out there to prove or disprove the benefits of this trend, but if you want our opinion… history has a tendency to repeat itself.
We know it seems ridiculous, but apparently you just run… for an extended period of time…