Being fit has never been so fashionable, and what better time to start your new routine than a brand new year? Check out our edit of the newest, coolest, latest and greatest fitness trends to try today...
1. Extreme Regimes
Super-Spinning: Actress Mila Kunis is doing it, Gaga’s doing it – yep everyone is spinning their way to a sleeker fitter body. In New York and LA, cult studio SoulCycle has huge waiting lists for its souped up sessions – now hitting Virgin Active. Look out for Myridem, a Tour de France style session with virtual scenery and sounds to distract you from the burn.
Non Stop Power Plate: Thought Power Plate was hard? Try the non-stop versions. Accelerated Metabolic Resistance Training is a 20 minute blast that challenges every muscle group (see goodvibesfitness.co.uk) Fitness First also offers 30-minute Team Workout Power Plate Classes. Perfect for the time poor who still want serious results.
2. Swimming Gets Smart
Channelling your inner Rebecca Adlington has never been so hot. ‘We’ve seen a huge surge in fitness swimming in the last month', says Glen Heidke, Head of Swim at Virgin Active. ‘It’s all about getting race fit which means swimming smarter. We now teach pro tumble turns, drills, and kicking techniques,’ says Glen.
Look Out For: Swimtag. This high-tech wristband is popping up in pools acres the UK. This of it as your personal swimming coach. Swimtag tracks stroke efficiency, speed, distance and calories burnt. The data is uploaded to allow you to manage your progress.
3. It’s Ice Time
Feel the burn? Not any more. If you want to lose inches, you need to feel the freeze. Dalton Wong, celebrity trainer and founder of Twenty Two Training says ‘Athletes have always used ice baths straight after their workouts to reduce inflammation and soreness. I tell my clients to throw some ice in their bath and sit in it for five or six minutes. It doesn’t even have to be after a workout. A short, cold shower has the same effect. It lowers your body’s core temperature so your metabolism revs up and you burn calories trying to stay warm.
4. The New Class Crazes
The Ugi Ball: Co-created by super-trainer, Sarah Shears, the Ugi ball is Canada’s hottest fitness export. Best described as an exercise ball and a weighted medicine ball fused together, it’s a total body work out and is used to lift as well as to support the body during each class. ‘Using the ugi ball you’ll perform 30 one-minute exercises in quick succession for intense cardio and sculpting results, ‘says Gillian Reeves a fitness trend hunter for Virgin Active. Ugi classes are available at Virgin active.
The New Pedometer: Forget counting your steps, Nike+ Fuel Band, £129 measures your time, calories and steps. It cleverly tracks your activity based on on ‘oxygenkinetics’ (the movement of your wrist). So the more you move, the more ‘Nike Fuel’ you will earn. There’s no gender or body type info needed, instead NikeFuel awars everyone on equal scoring regardless of their physical make-up.
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Drink: Brazil Nut Milk. ‘High in skin-enhancing selenium and zinc, and full of protein and essential fatty acids - it’s the perfect workout fuel,’ says nutritionist and founder of Radiance Cleanse Christina Agnew.
Eat: A breakfast with everything you need for an active day. ‘Mix up oats, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, and chia seeds and add some almond milk,’ suggests James Duigan founder of Bodyism and the Clean & Lean Diet. Not your thing? ‘Poached eggs with spinach, avocado and grilled tomato is a delicious, nutritious alternative,’ he adds.
Channel: Miranda Kerr’s après work out style: black basics + relaxed pony + big bag + black shades = fashion fit.
Wear: The new breed of go faster, go harder sports-gear guaranteed to optimise your performance. We love Zaggora’s Viva HotPants, £50 which incorporate Celu-Lite technology for increased energy expenditure and weight-loss, while The Nike Zoom Victory Elite Trainer, £150 was designed for the Olympics and is lighter than a necklace so that you can up that speed!
Save Up For: A training session with a super trainer: We know it’s pricy but one session with these guys will teach you the body sculpting tricks of the trade…
1. Lee Mullins @ Bodyism. Lee’s holistic approach to training, wellness and fat loss has made him one of the most sought-after health professionals in the country.
2. Dalton Wong @ Twenty Two Training. Gets fit, strong bodies fast.
Join: Stateside fitness concept Equinox has recently landed in London. Join and you can expect your work-out to get considerably chicer: Loved by Natalie Portman, Katie Holmes and Lauren Conrad it’s not a gym as you know it. Think cutting-edge equipment, classes designed by sporting champions, 15 yoga types, chilled eucalyptus infused towels, oh and an in-house laundry for your sweaty gear.
Don’t Be Without: A mini-makeup bag to add a dose of post workout glamour.