Friday, May 25, 2018

Guest Post :: 5 Fitness Programs Trending in 2018

Summer is here and putting off that favorite to make New Year’s Resolution to workout more, is finally here to haunt a few of us… Fortunately, it is never too late to start working out and develop healthy habits. It really is a little mind boggling that in just two short weeks of carving out a little time for fitness you can start to tell a difference. Technology has definitely added a new element to the fitness and I always love finding out the fitness programs that are trending. Today Jordan, a health and fitness freelance writer is sharing the top 5 trending fitness programs for 2018!

As technology and scientific study begin to have a larger role in the fitness world, we’re sure to see fitness trends develop at a faster pace than ever before. Scientists, doctors, and trainers are able to harness the power of research to develop fitness routines that continue to challenge the body in new ways so that you can get the most out of your workout session. Here are five of the top fitness programs that are trending in 2018.

Functional Training
Functional training puts an emphasis on completing an exercise with perfect form, rather than cranking out the most reps or using the highest possible weight. Functional training is a style of exercise with a practical end: it aims to increase strength and overall health, but by completing movements with precision and care, it also aims to improve your performance of daily activities.

Think about all the ways you use your body over the course of the day: carrying your child to bed, lifting heavy bags of groceries into the trunk of your car, mowing your lawn. Functional training might occur in the gym, but it will help you stay strong and injury-free during your daily life.

High Intensity Interval Training
High intensity interval training, or HIIT, to those in the know, has been popular for a few years now. What’s new for 2018? Group workouts that put an emphasis on HIIT, as well as shorter workouts—30 minutes or less—that really get your heart pounding and the sweat pouring. The premise of every HIIT workout is the same, though in practice they can be varied: a short sprint or all-out effort, followed by a shorter recovery period.
Be on the lookout for group classes in that put this principle to work in everything from classic cardio like running and cycling to newer, weight lifting and bodyweight classes like tabata and MetCon. Our tip: opt for women and men’s fitness apparel that helps you keep cool and wicks sweat while you put your body through the ringer.

Martial Arts-Inspired Classes and Gyms
Whether it can be attributed to a resurgence of America’s long-standing love of karate or the more recent popularity of MMA, martial-arts inspired classes are popping up at gyms all over the country and providing a new way to get your sweat on. Whether you choose a martial arts class at a specialized gym or start incorporating a kickboxing course into your routine, you’ll likely love the adrenaline-pumping, full-body challenge that comes with mastering these workouts.

Yoga, In All of Its Many Forms
Yoga is growing in popularity as access to classes increases, with a multitude of classes available on the internet, at community centers, and in gyms all over the world. While the most popular style of yoga for Western practitioners is vinyasa, increased knowledge about other styles and branches of yoga means that there’s always a new way to practice, particularly in 2018.
It seems like you hear about a new form of yoga every day: from aerial yoga to yoga with your dog, this is one fitness trend that is not struggling to adapt and grow. Most forms of yoga are wonderful for stress relief, flexibility, strength building, and balance and has been adopted by everyone from professional golfers to NBA stars, so we doubt that this one is going anywhere anytime soon.

Group Exercise Gets Hip
When you hear the term group exercise, you might be tempted to think of your mother’s aerobics step class circa 1991, but step into any group training room and you’d be surprised by how dynamic, challenging, and fun a group class can be in 2018. Led by experienced trainers, group fitness has started to incorporate all sorts of disciplines from other sports.

There are group sessions that involve rowing machines, classes that take their cues from the best CrossFit WODs involving sandbags and ropes, and classes that focus on combinations of serious cardio and muscle-building bodyweight exercises for the ultimate burn. Technology makes these classes even more fun, with video screens, world-class sound systems, and the latest equipment so you’re sure to feel motivated while you get your sweat on.

Author Bio:
Jordan Bannon is a freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. As an advocate for clean, healthy and balanced lifestyles, he writes about developments in health and wellness, along with natural skincare and beauty products.



  1. I love yoga and cardio too Great post xoxo Cris