Some new fit­ness trends on the rise

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport -

HILIT (high in­ten­sity, low im­pact train­ing)

You have heard of high in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing, HIIT, where you shred a load of calo­ries (think CrossFit), but the prob­lem is with all this high im­pact train­ing at high in­ten­sity with many reps, the wear and tear on joints is great for most par­tic­i­pants. That is why the dropout rate is so high.

You can’t keep push­ing and go­ing every day and all day. You must vary it up.

This is why HILIT was cre­ated and is go­ing to be­come a pop­u­lar trend for 2020 into 2021 be­cause you still get to burn huge calo­ries, but the ex­er­cise of choice is de­signed to be kinder on your joints and ten­dons.

Rhyth­mic classes

Why it is that when you go out and dance the night away, you hardly waste a minute on the dance floor bust­ing out moves you didn’t even think were pos­si­ble yet when you are con­fronted with a 20-minute car­dio class, it feels like the long­est 20 min­utes of your life?

Mu­sic speaks to your soul. Mu­sic fills you with good me­mories of the past and each time a song is played, you are trans­ported back to those good times re­leas­ing good en­dor­phins which push you for the next three and half min­utes un­til the next song is played.

Dance rhyth­mic classes are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar be­cause they build con­fi­dence, tone you, and keep you play­ing and hav­ing fun for longer.


You must ask your­self why top busi­ness­men and women med­i­tate? Their lev­els of stress, the work­loads and the pres­sure of be­ing at the top and man­ag­ing all the cogs in the sys­tem means they sel­dom have spare time and that is why they make med­i­ta­tion part of their daily rou­tine.

Just as they book out time in their di­aries for an im­por­tant meet­ing so too do they book time for a med­i­ta­tion ses­sion and it can be as short as 15 min­utes. Med­i­ta­tion al­lows for cor­rec­tive breath­ing, cen­ter­ing your thoughts and fo­cus­ing on clar­ity of mind.

Men­tal well­ness is fast be­com­ing one of the most pop­u­lar trends be­cause of the mas­sive im­por­tance it has on your health and well­ness.


Go­ing back to ba­sics is a trend and peo­ple are find­ing si­lence and com­fort in at­tend­ing stretch classes. I can al­most guar­an­tee you that the coaches you had while grow­ing up have not taught you how to stretch prop­erly.

A few sim­ple ad­just­ments take pres­sure off the ten­dons and joints and places the stretch on the core or cen­tre part of your mus­cles. A few sim­ple tweaks of push­ing in a pose can change the static “old school” stretch into a PNF – pro­pri­oneu­ro­mus­cluar fa­cil­i­ta­tion stretch, the best stretch one can do. Com­bine this with trig­ger point ther­apy re­leas­ing and you have a class that is a win­ner.

It will help you be­come more flex­i­ble, im­prove range of mo­tion and even make you stronger. Adding this twice or three times a week to your rou­tine can do won­ders for your in­jury pre­ven­tion and longevity in sport and train­ing. Stretch labs are pop­ping up all over and you can even find them in your lo­cal gyms.

Strength train­ing over car­dio

If I had a penny for every time a woman said “I don’t do strength train­ing be­cause every time I do, I get too big and gain too much mus­cle”, I would be a mil­lion­aire. Right now, I am think­ing of the “cry­ing with laugh­ter” emoji be­cause if mus­cle was that sim­ple to create then some­one would have bot­tled that se­cret for­mula and re­tired a bil­lion­aire.

Thanks largely to In­sta­gram and CrossFit there has been a big move­ment to women lift­ing weights. The by prod­uct is they are look­ing stronger, sex­ier and health­ier with­out look­ing like the guy walk­ing around with water­mel­ons un­der his arms.

It has taken years for the mind shift, but the proof is in the train­ing and in the bones. Re­sis­tance and strength train­ing help women build denser bones and slows down bone de­gen­er­a­tion. This trend will con­tinue and is, in my opin­ion, here to stay.

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