5 Top Fitness Trends That Will Give You a Head Start for 2017

You'll love these healthy ways to kick off the new year

Jan 2, 2017
This year, you won’t even need to step onto a treadmill to achieve your personal best. (Shutterstock)

This year, you won’t even need to step onto a treadmill to achieve your personal best. (Shutterstock)

Welcoming another year means many things: thoughtful resolutions, reflecting on last year’s milestones, a fresh start, or another 365 days to commit to your health. And this year, you won’t even need to step onto a treadmill to achieve your personal best. If you’re looking for a fresh way to jumpstart a fitness regime, these exciting workouts will improve your strength, get your heart rate up, and increase flexibility.

1. BOXING STUDIOS

In 2016, fitness startup ClassPass saw an 89 percet increase in the the number of boxing classes offered on it's site, and in the US, boxing studios have been popping up all over the country. This isn’t surprising, considering celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Khloe Kardashian, and Ellie Goulding have all credited the sport to transforming their bodies. Boxing combines agility, cardio, and strength training and it’s also known to be a great stress reliever.

Boxing combines agility, cardio, and strength training and it’s also known to be a great stress reliever. (Shutterstock)

Boxing combines agility, cardio, and strength training and it’s also known to be a great stress reliever. (Shutterstock)

2. MEGAFORMER

Looking for a workout that will work your muscles like never before? Try the Megaformer workout, a combination of Pilates and bodybuilding. The system's creator, Sebastien Lagree, designed the workout to focus on cardio, strength, endurance, body composition, and flexibility, all in under an hour. In other words, you might be sore for a few days thanks to this intense workout that will definitely whip you into shape.

Megaformer has been described as Pilates on steroids by many people doing it. (Shutterstock)

Megaformer has been described as Pilates on steroids by many people doing it. (Shutterstock)

3. LIVE STREAMING CLASSES

Welcome to the 2017, where you can stream your workouts like you would your favorite tv shows. Many studios now allow people to sign up for classes online and get a workout in wherever and whenever they want. Great news for fitness lovers who don’t live in places like NYC or Los Angeles and want to try out the latest workout trends.

Online classes let you get a workout in wherever and whenever you want. (Shutterstock)

Online classes let you get a workout in wherever and whenever you want. (Shutterstock)

4. HYBRID CLASSES

Think HIIT and spinning combined into one. Many studios are now offering gym goers the option to mix cardio and strength training into one session, which torches more calories than a standard one-exercise class. The classes allow participants to mix up their workouts and prevent injuries by targeting different muscles and making sure nothing is being overworked.

Many studios are now offering gym goers the option to mix cardio and strength training into one session. (Shutterstock)

Many studios are now offering gym goers the option to mix cardio and strength training into one session. (Shutterstock)

5. CARDIO PACKED DANCE CLASSES

Who wouldn’t want an exercise class that doesn’t even feel like exercise? Dance cardio workouts burn a ton of calories all while keeping your sweat session exciting and fun. You might not even realize you’re nearing the end of the workout while you’re dancing to the music. Although studios are popping up everywhere from California to New York, you can also try this new workout in the comfort of your own home.

Dance cardio workouts burn a ton of calories all while keeping your sweat session exciting and fun. (Shutterstock)

Dance cardio workouts burn a ton of calories all while keeping your sweat session exciting and fun. (Shutterstock)

REBECCA WOJNO, CONTRIBUTOR
Rebecca is passionate about reading, cooking, and learning about people doing good in the world. She especially loves writing about wellness, personal growth, and relationships.

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