Several new fitness trends are sweeping the globe and gaining popularity over other trends such as Pilates, kickboxing, and barefoot walking and running. Foremost among these are High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Bodyweight Training.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) typically involves short bursts of high-intensity bouts of exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery. This form of training is tipped to become the most popular form of exercising in 2014. There are various forms of HIIT, with CrossFit being the most well-known variation.
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that builds strength and increases endurance while working on your weaknesses using functional movements combined into high intensity, varied workouts. It is great for developing a broad base of fitness, using exercises that involve the entire body rather than working muscles in isolation.
Bodyweight training is based on the idea of using one’s own body weight as resistance in training, and can be anything as simple as burpees, push-ups or star jumps.
These forms of exercise compliment the time-poor lifestyle so prevalent in today’s society. With a high energy workout often taking around 30 minutes, and the ability to participate at a local park close to home or work rather than joining a gym, they are proving to be a time and cost effective means of keeping fit.
Coinciding with this trend in fitness, Forpark Australia’s release of their ParkFit range has come at the perfect time. Developed using input from qualified CrossFit trainer, Nick McGrath, this range provides a balance between static and moving equipment, with a heavy reliance on the use of one’s own body weight and static resistance.
Whether you want to lose weight or to increase your functional strength and fitness, these forms of exercise are perfect for people of all ages and abilities.