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Fitness Insider: 2018's Best Fitness Trends

Fitness Insider: 2018's Best Fitness Trends

Fitness is stepping up a gear in 2018, with technology carving out new modes of exercise previously unimaginable. From wearable tech to AI trainers and immersive virtual reality classes, it makes for a refreshing change to your bog-standard session at the local gym. Having said that, it can seem a bit superfluous, and although we’re big champions of innovation, especially when it involves our health and fitness, we’re also fans of some good old fashion sweat and grit. The new year is the best time to embrace exercise – even if you haven’t yet started, there’s still plenty of time to make a positive change and get motivated. And with the fitness industry evolving to make the experience more enjoyable and engaging, and the exercise more effective, there’s really no excuse not to make strides towards sculpting that muscular physique you’ve always dreamed of. Booty gains aside, the improvement to your overall health and the mood boosts catalysed by breaking a sweat are worth it alone. Here are the fitness trends we’ll be championing this year.

CALLISTHENICS – BLOK

The ancient Greek definition of Calisthenics is ‘beautiful strength’, and at BLOK (bloklondon.com), one of London’s most progressive fitness spaces, you can find out why. According to their instructors, it is the art of ‘mastering your body to improve muscular strength, endurance, mobility and overall fitness’. It appeals to those who want to take a no-frills approach to exercise. Using nothing more than bodyweight and gravity to train muscles (and the occasional pull-up bar), in a world of high-maintenance exercise regimes that require more kit than a steel-works, its back-to-basics classes promise both simplicity and results. BLOK’s classes are geared towards the application of the practice in your everyday life, helping you to handle stress and increase your productivity. Big promises. Get ready to make some gains.

BOUTIQUE SPINNING – PSYCLE

Psycle (psyclelondon.com), one of the UK’s first boutique spinning studios, blows the competition away when it comes to exercising on a stationary bike. Their challenging sessions will test your limits, with classes of different intensities allowing you to choose one that meets your needs and ability. You’re guaranteed to leave feeling energised – the full 360 experience involves engaging with the Psycle community, boutique locker rooms and showers, DJ-curated playlists and the Energy Kitchen serving up superfood smoothies. Until Peloton – the hi-tech at-home spinning bike from the US that allows you to tune-in to live spinning classes with some of the world’s best instructors, arrives in the UK, we’ll fight you for a bike on the FROW.

HIIT – BARRY'S BOOTCAMP

High Intensity Interval training, or HIIT, is set to take 2018 by storm. We’re pretty sure it took 2017 and 2016 by storm too, but its popularity is only on the up, and that is thanks in large part to its effectiveness and time efficiency. By following short bursts of high-impact exercise with slower-paced recovery periods repeatedly, you can fry fat, fast. Barry’s Bootcamp knows this well and is a world-wide favourite for effective HIIT training combined with strength work, proven to lean and tone your body. With locations from LA to London, the classes provide a unique and immersive experience that is as fun as it is gruelling. The doors close on the studio, the music pumps and you find yourself able to push harder and faster. A winning formula.

BOUTIQUE BOXING – KOBOX

It’s all about the boutique experience in 2017, if you hadn’t already noticed. It’s also about the boxing. Train like a champion (or a supermodel – boxing counts Jourdan Dunn, Gigi Hadid and Adriana Lima amongst its disciples) at KOBOX (koboxlondon.com) – the best way to get fit without tapping out. Unlike the treadmill or even strength training, boxing is dynamic and fast paced, and KOBOX’s 50 minute high intensity classes will fly by. Sessions will work your arms, core and deliver a serious cardio hit. As such it’s a great way to exercise, tone, learn the ropes and relieve some stress. You’ll soon be moving like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. Just imagine the bag is the face of your ex. There we are.

Images courtesy of BLOK, Barry's Bootcamp, Psycle and KOBOX