2014 Fitness Trends

Topping the American College of Sports Medicine list of fitness trends for this year was high intensity interval training, one way to feel the burn is CrossFit.

“Its constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. What that means for us is it’s a great workout, anyone can do, we change things up everyday to keep things interesting and use a lot of different fitness modalities,” said owner of CrossFit Resurgence, Craig Kaufman.

Hour long classes are broken up and consist of a warm up to prep your body for the 20 minutes of intense variety of workouts such as pull ups, jumping rope, and burp bees each workout is modified to your personal skill level.

“We have the whole spectrum of athletes in our gym from high school hockey players to MMA Fighters, Police officers, stay home moms, even grand parents, we span the whole fitness range. The thing we do to make that possible is we really take a lot of time and care to prepare everyone for the workouts,” said Kaufman.

For those looking for a little more peace to their practice, Abyassa Yoga in downtown Naperville offers a new Tabata Yoga Boot Camp Class.

The class provides traditional yoga poses with bursts of cardio to provide a total body workout.

“The beauty of the interval training is that you’re getting both an aerobic and anaerobic workout. So you’re creating that muscle strength and also getting that cardio, and cardio is not something you usually get in yoga class,” said owner of Abyassa Yoga, Kate Mason.

I gave the class a shot and realized you don’t have to be a devote yogi to enjoy the class.

“People have these ideas of what yoga is and sometimes they think you’re just going to come here and meditate and sit and be still, and that is a huge part of yoga but there is more to it too. It really does make you strong – it helps keep you young,” said Mason.

Another trend is getting the whole family involved; the YMCA offers family fitness courses, which include every thing from Zumba classes to family yoga.

“Families now more than ever are so over programed and chances are if you have to fit in one more activity – someone is not going to get the exercise in. Being able to do something together and set an example for your child, I’m coming to exercise come with me, I think it’s a good family bonding experience,” said Executive Director of the Fry Family YMCA, Judy Ellertson.

For more information how you can get your family involved in a group fitness class head over to YMCA.org.

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