Here at ELEMIS we love to mix up our workouts - no one wants to do the same thing every day, plus you’re far more likely to stay motivated and stick to your 2016 fitness goals if you’re having fun trying out new things. We asked our fitness expert friends at Hip & Healthy for their round up of 2016’s must-try fitness trends…
There’s a reason boxing has become the favourite workout of the likes of Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevigne: the workout challenges cardiovascular fitness, strength and stamina all whilst shaping a lean body – not to mention the benefits of having the opportunity to punch out all of that emotional tension. Why so effective? Boxing works the entire body, muscle-wise, but also in terms of aerobic and anaerobic (short bursts) fitness.
A 20 minute full body workout that allows for 98% muscle engagement and equates to a full 6 hours slogging it at the gym, this is perfect for anyone who is stretched for time yet keen to see results. Electrical impulses (totally safe and not painful!) are used to achieve controlled muscle contractions within targeted muscles without the need for any signal from your nervous system. The result? Just a few sessions a week can lead to stronger, more defined muscles, an increase in metabolism and decreases in back and joint pain.
Developed in California by Khita Whyatt and Kirsten Sell, Bodhi uses TRX-like suspension ropes to ensure your whole body works hard in order to stay balanced as you work against gravity. Engaging so many muscles at once leads to a far stronger, leaner and more flexible physique, as well as helping you to awaken deep muscles that you may not have even known existed! Rumoured to be popular amongst the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Gwyneth Paltrow, this is one fitness trend not to be missed.
Weight and Strength Training
#StrongNotSkinny really is the new trend, and lots of reps with light weights just won’t cut it anymore. In order to really see a change in muscle definition you need to be lifting heavy weights – and no, you really won’t bulk up. The increased lean muscle mass you’ll get from lifting weights allows your body to burn both fat and calories far more efficiently, even during periods of rest, plus the heavy weights act to quite literally sculpt and chisel your body into a stronger, healthier and happier version of yourself.
Not to worry if trying out all these new fitness classes has left you feeling rather sore, foam rolling works by applying pressure to specific points in the body in order to release any myofascial tension, allowing faster recovery of the muscles back to their elastic state. Already a popular way to ease out any muscular knots, foam rollers are also great for using pre-exercise to activate the muscles, allowing for a more efficient workout. Try out Lomax’s new Supple Circuit class, dedicated to Foam Rolling and self-massage.
Words by Meryn Turner at Hip & Healthy
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