– SUPER SMOOTHIESH
Everyone is looking for a fitness shortcut and, in 2016, we found it in the form of nutrient-packed smoothies. Made popular by the NutriBullet (nutribullet.com), and sold to the workout world by the growing number of shake bars at gyms such as 1Rebel or Barry’s Bootcamp, superfood smoothies were our go-to recovery shake for a fix of fruit, protein and good fats. Every hip health-food café had a superfood smoothie or two on the menu, and a clean-eating cookery bible wasn’t worth its weight in kale unless it had a shake recipe. Superfood smoothies were said to be everything our bodies needed to repair and recover after tough exercise. But, by the end of 2016, we’d hit our smoothie peak and new workout drinks were on the horizon.
– PERFORMANCE JUICESH
Enter performance-boosting juices. Nitrates, found in beetroot juice, have dominated the sports science headlines as a way of making us go faster for longer sans the hard work. And recent research from the University of Exeter shows that the 7cl Beet It Sport Shot (£25 for 15; beet-it.com), which contains 400mg of nitrate, improves sprint and high-intensity intermittent running performance. But if it’s hydration you’re after, cold-pressed watermelon juice is being hailed as the best post-workout recovery drink for 2017 (see our food trends feature on page 56). Packed with antioxidants, as well as potassium to ease muscle soreness and L-Citrulline for a faster recovery, watermelon juice could be your go-to drink. super-affordable. Plus, the short-duration but high-intensity efforts, normally performed in a circuit format, make it really time-friendly as well. Advocated by fitness influencers across the globe, such as Kayla Itsines and the Tone It Up girls, these are the workouts you saw pop up on your Instagram feed in 2016. ‘The great thing about bodyweight training is you don’t need anything other than the willingness to work hard for a short period of time,’ says personal trainer, Josiah Hunte. ‘It burns fat, builds lean muscle, improves metabolism and is a great way to boost your mood.’