7 most pop­u­lar fit­ness trends of 2018

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - Live - - Lifestyle - Ab­hi­nav Verma

The year 2018 was quite a pro­gres­sive one when it came to fit­ness trends. We saw var­ied forms of ex­er­cises/ work­outs gain pop­u­lar­ity. As the year comes to a close, we speak to fit­ness ex­perts Sapna Khanna and Pu­ran­jay Jadeja, who list out the most pop­u­lar work­out trends that were a big hit among fit­ness en­thu­si­asts.


The ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of TV shows such as Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior has led to more ob­sta­cle course runs be­ing or­gan­ised in the coun­try with Devil’s cir­cuit [held once a year in Delhi] be­ing one of the most pop­u­lar ones. Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, com­plet­ing an ob­sta­cle gives you a sense of an ac­com­plish­ment, it makes you men­tally strong. Ob­sta­cle cour­ses are an ex­cel­lent way to build en­durance, im­prove bal­ance and co­or­di­na­tion and are also a great way to deal with stress and de­pres­sion.


While the pop­u­lar­ity of MMA and box­ing have been es­tab­lished abroad for a while, in In­dia, it’s only this year that MMA and box­ing made the break­through in main­stream fit­ness. MMA and box­ing of­fers a to­tal work­out with an em­pha­sis on strength train­ing rather than mus­cle build­ing. It also fo­cuses on your core mus­cles, pro­motes weight loss and stamina build­ing.


Body­weight train­ing was a big hit among the work­ing class as it doesn’t re­quire any weight or ma­chines, and can be done any­where. The idea be­hind body­weight train­ing is to use your own weight to pro­vide re­sis­tance against grav­ity. Its USP is that it of­fers a unique ben­e­fit of car­dio­vas­cu­lar strength and mus­cle build­ing at the same time. Also, chances of in­jury are quite less.


A sta­ple of top ath­letes around the world, it’s only this year that sus­pen­sion train­ing be­came a trend among reg­u­lar fit­ness en­thu­si­asts. Sus­pen­sion train­ing uses a sys­tem of rope and web­bing, which al­lows users to ex­er­cise against their own weight. Sus­pen­sion train­ers hardly re­quire any space; they help in im­prov­ing mo­bil­ity and agility; builds core strength and helps to deal in mus­cu­lar im­bal­ances.


BOSU ball work­outs were ex­tremely pop­u­lar this year as they helped break the monotony of do­ing the same old tra­di­tional work­outs. A BOSU ball has a flat plat­form on side and a rub­ber dome on the other. Since one has to bal­ance one­self on the ball to work­out, the sim­plest of ex­er­cises be­come ex­tremely tough. From im­prov­ing your bal­ance, flex­i­bil­ity, strength to in­jury re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion along with strength­en­ing your joints, BOSU ball work­out of­fers numer­ous ben­e­fits.


While high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing has been pop­u­lar since 2017, a vari­a­tion — added weights — was one of the top trends this year. The ben­e­fit of HIIT with weights is that in­creases mus­cle size and strength much faster com­pared to other work­outs. It also helps to strengthen the heart and im­proves oxy­gen cir­cu­la­tion.


Dance work­out classes such as zumba were a rage among these who didn’t pre­fer lift­ing weights or body­weight ex­er­cises. Fast paced zumba is a fat killer and a calo­rie burner. And since it’s based on dance and mu­sic, it also pro­vides the ben­e­fit of so­cial­is­ing and mak­ing new friends.


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