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Start prepping your New Year’s resolutions: The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced its annual fitness trend forecast and, for the first time, exercise pros say wearable technology will be the number one trend in fitness in 2016. (Can’t say we’re exactly shocked by the news, consider how much the Shape staff loves their fitness trackers!)

The survey results, published today in the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, reveal that wearable tech overtook activities like body weight training (number one in 2015) and HIIT (number 1 in 2014) to claim the top spot.

“Tech devices are now central to our daily lives and have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts,” said study author Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D. “Wearable devices also provide immediate feedback that can make the wearer more aware of their level of activity and can motivate the user to achieve their fitness goals.” (Plus, there are these 5 Cool Ways to Use Your Fitness Tracker That You Probably Haven’t Thought Of.)

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Besides the addition of wearable tech, the ACSM’s predictions (now in its tenth year) are pretty identical to the 2015 list-which makes sense since they’re tracking trends they expect to stick around for awhile. However, two additional headlines appeared in the top 20: flexibility and mobility rollers, as well as smart phone exercise apps. (These are two trends we’re definitely on board with. See the 5 Hot Spots to Roll Out Before Every Workout.)

The survey was completed by more than 2,800 health and fitness professionals worldwide who were given 40 potential trends as choices. Here’s the whole list of the top 10 fitness trends for 2016.

1. Wearable technology. You probably didn’t need a survey to tell you that fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices from brands like Jawbone, Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, and more, will continue to be huge in 2016. Now, though, it’s more than just counting steps. Learn how New Wearable Technology Could Replace Your Old FItness Tracker and check out these Workout Clothes That Double As Wearable Tech.

2. Bodyweight training.It’s no secret we’re fans of bodyweight training-the use of minimal equipment makes it a super convenient and affordable do-anywhere workout. And it’s not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups-put a fresh spin on bodyweight exercises with this workout: Circuit Training Goes Old School for a Total-Body Burn.

3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest, and the entire workout can usually be performed is 30 minutes or less-just one of its many benefits! (Try this HIIT Workout that Tones in 30 Seconds.)

4. Strength training. Sure, you’ll build muscle, but you’ll also torch more body fat, burn more calories, and protect your bone health and muscle mass, making strength training a necessary component for any workout program. (These strength training execises are The Perfect Total-Body Workout for Couples.)

5. Educated and experienced fitness professionals. This year, we saw the rise of the personal trainer slash celebrity, emphasizing the importance of national fitness certifications and credentials more than ever.

6. Personal training. Whether you’re looking to learn the ropes or reach a new fitness goal, personal trainers remain a smart way to get the most out of your gym time. (Find out The No. 1 Myth About Being a Personal Trainer.)

7. Functional fitness. Based on the idea that the workouts we do should mimic and support the activities of daily life, like bending down, picking things up, walking up stairs, and pulling or pushing open doors, this ‘trend’ makes so much sense. (These 7 Functional Fitness Exercises can help get you started.)

8. Fitness programs for older adults. Studies show that after 40, we begin to lose muscle mass and strength, so fitness programs that keep older adults healthy and active are crucial. We’re happy to see that health and fitness professionals will continue to focus on creating age-appropriate and safe workout programs in 2016.

9. Exercise and weight loss. This may not seem like a trend per say, but in addition to exercise, nutrition continues to be a key component of weight-loss programs. (What’s Better for Weight Loss: Diet or Exercise?)

10. Yoga. With new iterations like fat yoga and salty yoga popping up by what seems like the minute, yoga is more popular than ever. Although it’s fallen a few spots on this year’s list, it’s no surprise that the activity-which includes Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda, and others-remains in the top 10 trends for 2016. (Try these 14 Poses to Revamp Your Vinyasa Routine!)

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Forecasting the top fitness trends for 2016

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Scan a Fort Collins gym and you’ll see them on people’s wrists. Fibits, Jawbones, Apple Watches, GPS trackers and heart rate monitors — all worn by gym goers to track their exercise progress.

These fitness trackers can grab a lot of data: how many steps you’ve taken, where you’ve run, how many calories you’ve burned, how much oxygen you’ve got in your blood and how well you’re sleeping. Quantifying how active you are, fitness trackers can help users set — and beat — a goal.

International Data Corp. says more than 11 million of the devices were sold in the first quarter of this year, triple sales from a year ago. Fitbit’s product sales doubled and revenue nearly tripled in 2014.

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Expect to see even more Fitbits in the new year, as the American College of Sports Medicine’s survey of fitness professionals says that wearable technology will be the No. 1 trend for 2016.

Fitness trackers overtook last year’s No. 1 trend, high intensity interval training (HIIT). Exercise apps also made ACSM’s worldwide survey, coming in at No. 17.

“Oh, I have people ask me all the time about heart rate monitors and Fitbits,” said Marissa White, a personal trainer at Raintree Athletic Club. “Especially among the older generation. They’re using them to track simple things, like the number of steps they’ve walked in a day and calories burned. It’s a great way for people to stay accountable with their goals.”

But, how often do users stick with using these fitness trackers?

Not long, according to studies.

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The Associated Press reports that one research firm, Endeavour Partners, estimates about one-third of these trackers get abandoned after six months. A health care investment fund, Rock Health, says Fitbit’s regulatory filings suggest only half of Fitbit’s nearly 20 million registered users were still active as of the first quarter of 2015.

Shane Hunsinger, chief operating officer of Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, is skeptical of the effectiveness of fitness trackers.

“These devices aren’t substantially modifying behavior. People are doing the same things they’ve always done, but now they’re just tracking those movements,” he said. “That’s a little disappointing.”

While fitness trackers overtook high-intensity interval training for the No. 1 spot for 2016, don’t expect HIIT to slow down anytime soon, White and Hunsinger said.

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Both Fort Collins gyms offer 30-minute HIIT classes, which involve short bursts of high-intensity strength training and cardio exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery.

“People don’t have to come in here for hours at a time to see results,” said White, who is an instructor for the Les Mills GRIT class at Raintree. The class is an intimate, 10-person, six-week class that costs $99 for Raintree members and $119 for non-members.

These “boutique” style classes and gyms are one of the biggest trends in fitness, Hunsinger says. This year, Miramont opened Reve Fitness, which is a boutique gym offering amped yoga, spinning, barre and functional training classes.

Small in size and offering direction supervision, these boutique gyms offer drop-in classes (for about $20) and rigorous exercise programs — without a monthly commitment gym membership.

“I think what’s driving these gyms is the millennials. They’re looking for that niche workout. They’re looking for that small community,” Hunsinger said. “They’re looking for that direct value. They know exactly what they’re getting when they pay for a class. They don’t always know what the value is (of a gym membership).”

Among the other top trends found in ACSM’s survey include body weight training, using a personal trainer, functional fitness and fitness programs for older adults.

With the new year looming, expect a rush of new gym-goers with New Year’s resolutioners flocking to gyms in January.

“Yeah, it’s crazy busy in January,” White said. “Good luck finding a machine to use after work.”

Xplore reporter Stephen Meyers covers the outdoors and recreation for the Coloradoan. Follow him on Twitter @stemeyer or @XploreNoCo.

Top 20 fitness trends for 2016

1. Wearable technology: Introduced just a few years ago, wearable technology includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices.

2. Body weight training: Most people think of body weight training as being limited to push-ups and pull-ups, but it can be much more than that.

3. High-intensity interval training: Falling from the top spot in the 2015 survey, high-intensity interval training typically involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery and typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform.

4. Strength training: Many contemporary health and fitness professionals incorporate some form of strength training into a comprehensive exercise routine for their clients and patients.

5. Educated, certified and experienced fitness professionals: As the economy continues to grow and as the market for fitness professionals becomes even more crowded and more competitive, interest in some degree of regulation either from within the industry or from external sources (i.e., government) seems to be expanding.

6. Personal training: As more professional personal trainers are educated and become certified (see trend no. 5), they are increasingly more accessible in all sectors of the health and fitness industry.

7. Functional fitness: Replicating actual physical activities someone might do as a function of his or her daily routine, functional fitness is defined as using strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power and endurance to enhance someone’s ability to perform activities of daily living.

8. Fitness programs for older adults: The highly active older adult can be targeted by commercial and community-based organizations to participate in more rigorous exercise programs including strength training and team sports.

9. Exercise and weight loss: The combination of exercise and weight loss is a trend toward incorporating weight loss programs that emphasizes caloric restriction with a sensible exercise program.

10. Yoga: In a variety of forms like Power Yoga, Yogalates and Bikram, yoga seems to reinvent and refresh itself every year, making it a more attractive form of exercise.

11. Group personal training: This approach offers potentially deep discounts to each member of the group and creates an incentive for clients to put small groups together.

12. Worksite health promotion: Designed to improve the health and well-being of employees, this is a trend for a range of programs and services that evaluate health, health care costs and worker productivity.

13. Wellness coaching: This personal, one-on-one coaching integrates behavioral change science into health promotion, disease prevention and rehabilitation programs.

14. Outdoor activities: Hiking, biking, kayaking, and games or sports are of course already popular in Colorado.

15. Sport-specific training: This trend incorporates training for sports such as baseball and tennis, designed especially for young athletes.

16. Flexibility and mobility roller: Designed to massage, relieve muscle tightness and muscle spasms, increase circulation, ease muscular discomfort and assist in the return to normal activity, these devices include the deep tissue roller and trigger point relief.

17. Smart phone exercise apps: Available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android, smart phone exercise apps such as the Nike Training Club includes audio and visual prompts to begin and end exercise and includes cues.

18. Circuit training: Been around for years, circuit training is a group of 6 to 10 exercises that are completed one after another and in a predetermined sequence.

19. Core training: Core training stresses strength and conditioning of the stabilizing muscles of the abdomen, thorax and back.

20. Outcome measurements: A trend that addresses accountability, outcome measurements are efforts to define and track measurable results to prove that a selected program actually works.

Source: “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016: 10th Anniversary Edition” published by American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal.

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Top Fitness Trends in 2016

Mike Jett LCJ Published 10:38 AM EDT Oct 28, 2015

Hello everyone! This week I have been struggling to find a simple, 1-shot topic to discuss on the blog. Just as my frustration was mounting, something came across my desk this morning that is the perfect subject for a light-hearted newsletter- fitness trends for 2016. With basketball season ready to crank up and preseason polls generating discussion, let’s take a look at a ‘preseason fitness-trend poll.’

Each year since 2006, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has conducted a survey of a diverse group of over 1000 fitness professionals worldwide to assess the top trends in the fitness industry in the coming year. The sample of fitness professionals is typically made up of both full and part-time personal trainers, group fitness instructors, gym owners, medical professionals, clinical exercise physiologists, students, and professors.

Survey respondents are asked to differentiate between ‘fads’ and ‘trends,’ and to focus on trends alone- something that influences the way that individuals behave (trend) as opposed to something that people are very enthusiastic about for only a brief period of time (fad.)

The survey results indicate what over 2,800 fitness professionals’ view as the fitness-related ideas and exercise modes that will be the most popular amongst those who participate in regular exercise in 2016. Without further ado, here are the top 10:

1. Wearable technology (first time in the Top 20- unranked to first!)

2. Body weight training (first appeared in the poll in 2013)

3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) (#1 for 2014 and 2015)

4. Strength training

5. Educated, certified, experienced fitness professionals

6. Personal training (stable in top 10 for last 9 years)

7. Functional fitness

8. Fitness programs for older adults

9. Exercise and weight loss

10. Yoga

Positions 11-20: group personal training, worksite health promotion, wellness coaching, outdoor activities, sport-specific training, flexibility and mobility rollers, smart phone exercise apps, circuit training, core training, and outcome measurements.

Notable trends that fell out of the top 20 for 2016 include: children and exercise for treatment/prevention of obesity, worker incentive programs, and boot camp.

The number one trend for the upcoming year does not surprise me, and is actually encouraging. As indicated in the list, both wearable technology and smart phone exercise apps (#17) appeared in the Top 20 for the first time ever in this poll. Reliance on technology is ever-increasing, and some feel that technology is partially to blame for the increasing sedentary nature of modern life. However, if technology can be used to encourage physical activity, then it is absolutely a positive.

How can it help? Quite simply, it allows fitness participants and professionals alike to quantify and track progress. Nothing indicates progress more effectively to the client or the trainer than changing numbers. If technology allows us to more easily and efficiently show results, we may as well take advantage of it!

Reference

Thompson WR. Worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2016: 10th anniversary edition. ACSM’s Health Fitness J. 2015; 19(6): 9-18.

Published 10:38 AM EDT Oct 28, 2015

65 Workout Routines For The New Year!

Every year, we publish over 1,000 articles and videos to help you reach your fitness goals, no matter what they might be. Last year, we kept that momentum going, and we have a new compilation of excellent workouts at your disposal and ready for use.

In case you’ve ever walked into the gym scratching your head, wondering what you should train and which exercises would do the job best, we’ve compiled this epic list of 65 training articles to ensure you’re never unprepared in the new year! From hardcore shoulder-smashing workouts, to bench press tutorials, to high-intensity training, to full-on video trainers, you can find the perfect workout any day of the week!

Don’t let your New Year’s resolution go to waste. Finding a workout is as easy as scrolling down, picking out the session that matches your goals, and getting your butt to the gym!

Shoulder Workouts

Those boulder shoulders aren’t going to build themselves! Here are the workouts some of the best in the industry use to sculpt fantastic shoulder caps.

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Samantha Leete’s Shoulder-Sculpting Workout

Strong, sculpted shoulders are the key to a well-rounded physique. Build better delts with this volume-packed workout from fitness model Samantha Leete!

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Jake Alvarez’s Shoulder-Gains Workout

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Craig Capurso’s Hi-Def Shoulder Workout

Suffering from sickly shoulders? We’ve got your cure. Start heavy but utilize multiple speeds to work your delts for strength, size, and an incredible muscle burn!

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Ashley Hoffmann’s Summer Shoulder Workout

Strong, shapely shoulders are the key to filling out any summer outfit. Ashley Hoffmann’s workout will help you build them!

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Kris Gethin’s High-Volume Shoulder Builder

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Back Workouts

A great back is an important part of a balanced, symmetrical physique. These are the workouts that will help you get yours!

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Optimum Back: Daniel Banks’ Lat Workout

This high-volume back workout will leave you so pumped you’ll have to walk sideways through the door!

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Abel Albonetti’s Ultimate Back Workout

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Hany Rambod And Jeremy Buendia’s FST-7 Back-and-Abs Workout

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Jim Stoppani’s Back-And-Fourth Back Workout

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Chad Hollmer’s Wide-Back, Boulder-Shoulder Workout

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Leg Workouts

You can’t create a strong body without a solid foundation. Get stronger, better-looking legs with this collection of workouts.

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Ashley Horner’s Stronger-Legs Workout

Strong women were made for leg day. Ashley Horner wants to push you out of your comfort zone and under more weight than you’re used to, because she knows you’ve got this!

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Ashley Hoffmann’s High-Frequency Leg Workout

Do your legs need some extra focus? Ashley Hoffmann trains hers 3 days per week for insane results!

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Leg Workouts For Men: The 7 Best Workouts For Thicker Quads, Glutes, And Hams

Rather than following a one-size-fits-all workout on leg day, let your goals drive your routine.

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The Wheel Deal: 2 Workouts To Build Bigger, Stronger Legs

You’ll never want to skip leg day again with these double-duty workouts built to deliver more muscle and explosive strength!

Legs Like Jessie’s: Hilgenberg’s 7-Move Workout

Want a lean and lovely lower body? Jessie Hilgenberg will show you exactly how to do it! All you have to do is follow this workout.

Arm Workouts

Go beyond dumbbell curls and triceps extensions. These workouts will help you take your arms to the next level!

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Biceps And Triceps Workout: Triple-Threat Arm Assault

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Alicia Ziegler’s AAA Workout: Awesome Abs And Arms!

Follow actress Alicia Ziegler’s training tips and implement her workout routines, and you’ll have a set of awesome arms and abs of your own!

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Jessie’s Curls: Hilgenberg’s Arm-Blasting Workout

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Chris Thompson’s No Excuses Arm Workout

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Sun’s Out, Guns Out: 5 Crucial Arm-Training Tips And Workouts!

It’s time for a summer gun upgrade. Heed these 5 foolproof tips and try the accompanying workouts to build a set of cut and jacked arms!

Chest Workouts

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2 High-Performance Chest Workouts For Show And Go

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Big Bench, Bigger Chest: Mark Bell Workout

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Jason Wheat’s Big And Strong MVP Chest Workout

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Ask The Siege: What Is The Best Way To Train Chest?

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Steve Cook’s 6-Exercise Chest-Building Workout

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Glute Workouts

Here are five workouts that will help you build a booty that rocks everywhere!

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Iron Buns: Ashley Kaltwasser Glutes Workout

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Nicole Wilkins’ Best-Ever Butt Workout!

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Glute Workout: 5 Moves To A Better Butt

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Jamie Eason’s Booty-Building Plan

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How To Build Your Best-Ever Booty!

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HIIT Workouts

If your fat-burning workouts are in need of an extreme makeover, you’re in the right place.

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6 HIIT Workouts You Have To Try

Your excuses for not doing high-intensity interval cardio have all expired. One of these 6 workouts from the Bodybuilding.com forums is a guaranteed fit for you, no matter how busy you are!

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6 Killer Cardio Routines From BodySpace!

Tired of mind-numbing cardio sessions? Trade in the treadmill for one of these fun—extremely effective—workouts!

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HIIT It: 3 Fun, Simple Fat-Burning Workouts

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5 Effective Fat-Burning Workouts

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Cardio Kickboxing With Chady Dunmore

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At-Home Workouts

Nope, you don’t need a gym to get fit. These at-home workouts are all you need for a great session in your own living room.

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4 Effective At-Home Weight-Loss Workouts!

No time to hit the gym? No worries. Check out these 4 killer at-home workouts for every fitness level!

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Your Simple Guide To Awesome Non-Gym Workouts

The best ingredients for a no- or limited-equipment workout are simplicity and balance. Do one today!

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Lais DeLeon’s At-Home Perfect Booty Workout!

If you’ve got 20 minutes and a couch, you can sweat your way to a stronger lower body and better booty!

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The Perfect Partner Bodyweight Workout!

If you and your training partner are looking for a challenge, you’re in luck! This partner-based bodyweight routine will help you grow—and tackle more advanced moves.

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Fitness-Model Bodyweight Workouts!

Don’t have time to hit the gym, or want to change up your training? Follow fitness model Jen Jewell’s tips for better bodyweight training sessions, and try her favorite workouts!

Alternative-Exercise Workouts

Tired of the same bodybuilding exercises? Add some fun to your workouts with these unique exercises!

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Four Must-Try Exercise Upgrades!

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12 Challenging Bodyweight Exercises You Have To Try!

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How To Train For A One-Arm Pull-Up

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Olympic Lifts For The Rest Of Us

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Handstand Push-Ups: The Press You Need To Learn!

In search of the perfect press to go along with your pull-up practice? Look no further than the handstand push-up! It’ll take time to master, but the benefits are undeniable!

Kettlebell Workouts

Kettlebells have a long history in the fitness biz, but many people are afraid to try them. These workouts offer the perfect opportunity!

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Elevate Your Yoga Practice With Strength Training

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6 Kettlebell Combos You’ve Never Tried

Build muscle, burn fat, and improve your mobility with these challenging kettlebell combos!

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Kettlebells And Bodyweight: The Perfect Pairing!

Instantly fix what’s wrong with your kettlebell swing with one simple drill. Then put it to work in a routine that will build strength, burn fat, and boost your athleticism all at once!

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The 6 Best Kettlebell Exercises You Need To Do

Why isolate when you can build dynamic total-body strength and conditioning with kettlebells?

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How You Can Tame A Heavy-Ass Kettlebell

A big, bad kettlebell presents a challenge unlike any other weight. It’ll show you where you’re weak now, and give you a glimpse of a new definition of strength and fitness. Here’s your two-part plan to owning the beast!

Full-Body Workouts

If you don’t have the time to train one muscle group at a time, give these full-body workouts a try. Your body might hate us tomorrow, but your results will thank us!

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Ashley Horner’s Full-Body Rest-less Workout!

When life just won’t spare you an hour to go to the gym, this supercharged, Tabata-based, full-body workout will leave you gassed in less than 20 minutes!

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The No Excuses Full-Body Workout

Even when you can’t get to the gym, you can get in great shape. Try this full-body workout from former WBFF bikini champ Chady Dunmore!

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Bodyweight Bodybuilder: The Mass-Building Calisthenic Workout

Bodyweight training isn’t just for martial artists and other wiry athletes. Match the perfect movement with the right rep scheme, and build muscle without any equipment!

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Beginner’s Guide To Resistance Training

Muscle up in 10 weeks with this full-body workout that teaches you the most important bodybuilding principles.

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Ashley Horner’s Sucking-Wind Stair Workout!

Sick of spinning your wheels on the same old cardio machines? Then it’s time to get outside! All you need for this effective workout is a flight of stairs and a pair of sneakers.

Big Lift Workouts

Sometimes, it’s just fun to work on getting super strong. Here are the reads you need to bench, squat, and deadlift your best.

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Sophie Arvebrink’s Max-Strength Deadlift Workout

If you dream of building a back that can break Instagram, deadlifts need to be a major part of the equation. Follow athlete Sophie Arvebrink’s plan for serious strength!

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Finding Your Perfect Bench Press With Eric Spoto

Want to bench like a powerlifter? All-time raw bench press record holder Eric Spoto provides step-by-step instructions right here!

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Squat Every Day: The Sequel

Wondering what to do next, now that you’ve completed the Squat Every Day Trainer? Follow this plan for another 28 days and reap even bigger gains!

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Build Shapely Legs With The Squat And Deadlift!

Great glutes and lovely legs can be built by focusing on just two lifts: the squat and the deadlift. Pro fitness model Ashley Hoffmann is here to show you how it’s done!

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Smash Your Bench-Press Max With Wave Loading!

Prime your pecs with a heavy load, back off, and then increase the weight again and again with this proven method to conquer your previous max bench press!

Video Trainers

Each of these trainers will help you build muscle, burn fat, and create your best body. PH3 is great for strength, Duel is meant for partners, Back to Fit is great for beginners or those short on time, Clutch Life is all about training on the go, and True Muscle is all about athleticism. Choose the right program for your goals!

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PH3: Layne Norton’s Power And Hypertrophy Trainer

Dr. Layne Norton’s PH3 program will take strong lifters and make them even stronger. This program isn’t for everyone, but those who are up to the challenge will grow like never before.

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Duel: Marc Megna’s 6-Week Partner-Based Fitness Plan

At its core, Duel is a muscle-building plan that will help you increase strength and put on quality muscle mass. But, what makes this program unique is that it’s designed for training partners.

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Bill Phillips Back To Fit 12-Week Trainer

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Clutch Life: Ashley Conrad’s 24/7 Fitness Trainer

Clutch Life is a real-time fitness program that will help you get fit for life. Follow the workouts from anywhere, apply the nutrition plan, and transform your body!

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True Muscle Trainer: 9 Weeks To Elite Fitness

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Are you planning to have some great health-related New Year resolutions? Every Year we set some resolution for ourselves for the New Year and end up with no result because of inconsistency in fulfilling the tasks.

This year let’s set some realistic goals and give a blow to our hidden talents. We always think that we’ll start the New Year with some regular exercising but due to boredom we are unable to continue. So try new things so as to make your workouts interesting.

The easiest is to start with remembering some of those childhood games and activities that you liked and played the most. Try them out again for a change. If you cannot remember them here are some exercises which will help you to stick to your routine and you will also enjoy achieving your fitness levels.

  1. Roller-skating: Roller-skating as an exercise provides a lot of health benefits. Skating offers an effective cardiovascular workout, endurance training and strength training to build strong muscles in the pelvis and legs. Balance and coordination can also be improved by regular skating.
  1. Hula hooping: Hula hoop is when you rotate your hip round and round. I am sure everyone heir childhood would have attempted this at least once. As an exercise, I can say that hula hoop is a bona fide piece of workout equipment that can tone your thighs, abdominals, gluteals, and arms. You barely feel like you’re working out while doing Hula hoop.
  1. Dancing: Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake your belly or your booty, dancing is one of the most enjoyable ways to get some exercise. If you dance 30 min in a day you will enjoy your day and feel very fit without realizing that you have worked out. Also, there is no age limit for the dance, anyone can dance. Regular dancing is great for fitness, maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and coordination, and beating stress.

To get more information about Dancing you can check another blog written by my colleague Shimpli Patil. Let’s dance… for a better health and a better you!!

  1. Trampolining: Everyone likes to jump. So we can relate this exercise to the above mentioned dancing exercise. If you know how to jump, you know dancing. Jumping itself is a great exercise but if you are jumping on a hard floor, you might hurt your legs, knees, so the best option is to use Trampoline. Jump workouts on Trampoline are not only a quick way to tighten, tone and build core strength, you can also shred calories and boost cardio as effectively as going for a run — without the stress on your joints.
  2. Water exercise: As a kid most of us enjoyed playing in the water, be it in bath tub at home or in the pool. Believe me that the water exercises is a great way to stay fit without hurting your body. Water workout burns tons of calories but feels like an easy play. To know more you can read from the following link:

One-Stop Shop Workout – Swimming:

  1. Cycling: I still remember that my school was approximately 8 kms away from my home and I use to travel by cycle to school every day. It was fun and the same time kept me healthy. Cycling is indeed one of the best ways to be fit. My favourite weekend activity has always been cycling and every time I would pick a new route and end up exploring the place. Cycling is the easiest way of exercise because you can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune. Cycling builds strength, muscle tone, builds stamina, improves your cardiovascular fitness, improves heart health and reduces stress. This also improves the mental health.

Cycling is good for your coordination: Moving both feet around in circles while steering with both your hands and your body’s own weight is good practice for your coordination skills.

  1. Skipping: How many of us remember our childhood, when we used to skip and even had challenges among ourselves to find out who could skip the fastest. Those memories of my childhood bring back a smile on my face. I used to enjoy those skipping moments. There were several games we could play with the skipping rope and it was one of the cheapest games that one could purchase. The best part of a skipping rope was that people of all ages could use it.

You can read more on skipping in my blog – Did you know how useful a ‘SKIPPING’ rope can be?

  1. Running: As a child all of us have ran so much while playing but as we grow older all these activities somehow comes to a halt thereby forcing many to lead an unhealthy life. Nowadays running is becoming a very popular sport and a craze among many. This in turn has also led to the number of marathons being organized in a year. According to me one of your New Year resolutions could be to take up running seriously and become a runner.

Here is another blog written by my colleague Mitali on how to prepare for a marathon- Are you running the Marathon? Here is your guide to training:

  1. Outdoor Games:It’s always best to play outdoor games. If you remember most of us from our generation would remember their times of playing in the parks but sadly nowadays kids are seldom found playing outside and are found more busy with their X-Box, video games, Ipad etc, which lead them to the unhealthy lifestyle. I would suggest you start going to park or nearest ground to play outdoor games like cricket or Foot Ball, which will then encourage your kids also to play outside. For more information about Cricket and Foot Ball, you can read my following Blog – CRICKET and FOOT BALL—Your healthy path to fitness!:
  1. Hiking: Hiking especially with friends: If you like to explore new places, try to go Hiking, it will help you not only to explore new places but, also increase your strength and stamina, because you have to walk on the mountain which really needs balancing. Also, while doing Hiking, you are increasing your physical and mental health, because it will give you stress relieve from your whole week work burden.

Once you have decided the resolution for your new year, try to check on it in every interval of 15 days and ask yourself one question – are you following your Resolution? If No – get back on track and then enjoy your healthy lifestyle.

ACE’s Top 10 Workouts in 2016

The year is almost up and there were plenty of workouts that challenged you and your client! See ACE’s 10 best workouts that will have you working up a sweat.

4 Deadlift Variations You Need to Try

If building a lot of muscle mass is among your clients’ fitness goals, the deadlift should be one of your go-to exercises. This power move helps train numerous major muscles, including the hamstrings, glutes, lower-back and trapezius muscles.

Improve Spine Health With These Core-strengthening Moves

Spine health is often not a focus of strategic health and fitness planning, typically receiving attention only after an injury or chronic pain has occurred. Considering the important role the spine plays in overall functioning, incorporating exercises that create a strong and mobile spine can go a long way toward helping clients avoid low-back pain.

Build your Glutes with this Strength Training Routine

Strong glutes are essential, not only for aesthetics, but also for reducing your risk of injury and low-back pain. Plus, powerful glutes enable us to become more agile, jump higher, lift heavier, climb stairs, walk and/or run with less stress to the lower-chain joints, making everyday living and recreational activities more enjoyable and less taxing.

Suns out, Guns Out: Arm Workout

Strong, well-defined arms create a visual effect that lets others know that you make physical activity an important component of your life. You can change the look of your arms fairly easily, because the relatively short structures of the arm muscles allow them to quickly adapt to strength training.

Yoga Poses to Pair with Your High Intensity Interval Training

Yoga and high-intensity interval training are at essentially opposite ends of the movement spectrum. HIIT, while sometimes community-oriented, is competitive, often requiring the exerciser to push beyond his or her body’s limits, which can result in injury. Yoga, conversely, asks us to listen to our bodies and honor where we are at that moment, including our limitations.

10 Testosterone-Boosting Workouts

Testosterone is an anabolic steroid responsible for promoting the repair and growth of muscle proteins. Currently, there are a lot of half-truths out there regarding low testosterone levels among men and how to raise them. To help clarify some of the misinformation being propagated, here is what you need to know about low-T and what you can do about it in the gym.

3 Moves to do Instead of Push-ups

If you are ready for a pectoral-pumping workout that doesn’t involve push-ups, this workout is for you. Each move is guaranteed to train some or all of the muscles used in push-ups without doing a single push-up.

5 Exercises to Improve Low Back Function

As fitness professionals, we’re likely to encounter clients who have either suffered from or are suffering from low back pain. This is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders that plagues the population and is said to be the second most common complaint doctors hear from patients.

A 20-minute Workout for the Incredibly Busy

Life, says ACE pro Jonathan Ross, is a choice between “busy and unfit,” and “busy and fit.” Everyone is busy. So, what is the fix? With a few simple ingredients, Ross explains how you can make a workout fit the time you have instead of feeling frustrated trying to fit a 60-minute workout into a 20-minute window.

TRX Single-leg Exercises

Strength training is commonly performed while sitting or while standing on both legs, but exercises that feature single-leg work also are beneficial, particularly because they mimic how we move in day-to-day life and while playing sports.

Editor’s pick: Originally published Jan. 5.

The market for fitness wearables is booming. Eponymous brands like Fitbit and Garmin have more diverse product lines than ever, along with an ever-increasing amount of competitors.

For consumers, this translates into the ability to choose a device catered to your unique lifestyle and health priorities. If you’re one of the many looking to invest in fitness this New Year, here are what the newest personal tracking devices have to offer.

Garmin Vivoactive
Garmin was the first company to market personal GPS devices to fitness enthusiasts with the introduction of the Forerunner watch to the running community in 2003. Their latest offering, the Vivoactive, is a GPS-enabled tracking unit with smartwatch functionality.

The touchscreen display has a simple, snappy interface. The screen itself is thin, full color, and bright enough to read outdoors. It meets runners’ needs handily, accurately tracking route, pace, distance, and cadence. It also has built-in apps catered to biking, swimming, golfing, and walking workouts.

The user experience is extremely customizable. The watch can be configured to display notifications from your smartphone, motivational widgets, and more. It can also sync with a chest-strap heart monitor (sold separately) for a complete picture of your performance.

Fitbit Charge HR

While Fitbit didn’t release any new products in 2015, a list of fitness trackers would seem incomplete without a model by this seminal manufacturer. The Charge HR is one of its newest offerings. Released in late 2014, it currently holds the status of an industry standard.

It’s well regarded by consumers and professional product reviewers alike. It covers all of the most sought-after features – sleep and activity tracking, heart rate monitoring, automatic syncing to your devices – in a reliable and user-friendly way.

What is missing on the Charge HR are GPS capabilities. Fitbit users have to spring for the top-of-the-line Surge model for complete route mapping.

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iFit Classic
The iFit Classic is for those who prefer the look of a classic timepiece to that of a futuristic wristband. Available in black or white, it is the only option we’ve seen with a traditional dial design. Its sophisticated look is reminiscent of a diver’s watch.

The subdials display steps, calorie input, and net calories. The watch also tracks distance and sleep patterns with programmable vibration notifications.

It syncs with the powerful, popular iFit app, so you can review aggregate data easily and log everything that isn’t automatically detected.

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Jawbone UP4
The Jawbone UP4 wristband tracks steps, workouts, calories, distance traveled, sleep quality, and heart rate (the core parameters of most fitness trackers).

Designed to be worn comfortably 24-7, it has no screen of its own. Instead, it has three LED notification lights, and synchronizes with your smartphone to display activity data in the accompanying application. The app also lets you set goals, challenge friends, and log meals. It retrieves data from other popular fitness apps like MapMyFitness and Runtastic, so all your workouts can be viewed comprehensively.

As an added bonus, the bracelet itself can be linked to an eligible American Express card. This clever feature lets you cruise the neighborhood and leave your wallet at home.
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TomTom Spark Cardio + Music

Like other top-of-the-line trackers, the TomTom Spark incorporates GPS mapping and a built-in heart rate sensor on top of its core measurement capabilities. In addition, the Cardio + Music model has storage for more than 500 songs and works with wireless headphones via Bluetooth.

Its versatile, powerful tracking metrics and entertainment value make it perfect for the athlete that craves stimulation, but doesn’t want to carry their phone during exercise – an increasingly convenient perk as smartphone screens are getting bigger and more unwieldy.

The TomTom Spark does not offer connected features like call notifications, but individuals looking for a break from their phones could find this refreshing.

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Polar A360

Polar’s A360 should be thought of as a sleek wrist-based heart monitor with peripheral activity tracking and phone-syncing services. Its heart monitor is incredibly accurate, but its other functions seem limited when compared to other devices in its price range.

The full-color touchscreen displays your day’s statistics and keeps you informed of incoming calls and texts. Some reviewers appreciate that it is not immediately identifiable as a fitness tracker due to its clean, modern look.

The band is designed to fit close to the skin for accuracy in heart rate measurement. Interchangeable bands in different colors and sizes will be sold separately starting in January.

Buy the Polar’s A360 now

Mira Wellness and Activity Bracelet

Here’s a health gadget packaged as a feminine accessory. The glossy black Mira tracking unit comes mounted on a thin stainless steel bangle, a big plus if you’re not a fan of the rubber-like materials nearly universal to fitness trackers.

For more discreet usage, regardless of the occasion or outfit worn, the tracking unit can be detached, secured to clothing, or slipped into a pocket.

Mira doesn’t measure in-depth statistics like sleep, heart rate, or floors climbed. That being said, it’s a great encouragement tool for women working on their daily activity levels, who don’t want to wear an accessory that screams “fitness device.”

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Microsoft Band 2

The Microsoft Band 2 is an advanced fitness tracker rounded out with some smartwatch capabilities. This year’s update has a curved screen, making it more comfortable and attractive than the first generation.

As a GPS-equipped fitness tracker, it records exercise, sleep, elevation changes, heart rate, and other data specific to running, biking, and golfing. It syncs with the Microsoft Health app, which has cross-platform compatibility.

As a smartwatch, it can check calls, text messages, calendar alerts, and email previews. You can also record personal reminders using integrated Cortana.3 software. The Band 2 is black with a full-color display and is available in three different sizes.

Buy the Microsoft Band 2 now

Moov NOW Personal Coach & Workout Tracker, 2nd Generation

More than just a passive tracking device, Moov’s NOW tracker uses video game-like motion sensing technology with smart audio coaching to provide constant motivation and guidance.

The Moov system has the singular ability to detect movement metrics like impact level and form for runners, stroke style for swimmers, and optimal gear shifting for bicyclists. A Siri-like voice responds to your movements and issues individualized form reminders, motivational quips, and course information throughout the workout.

You can even follow along with one of the NOW tracker’s many guided fitness programs, from walking circuits and body weight exercises to cardio boxing. In this way, it provides an on-demand personal training experience. The tracking disc is housed in a waterproof, dirt-proof, and sweat-proof band that can be worn on the wrist or ankle. This disc records activity, detects movement, and syncs to your smartphone for data crunching.

Buy Moov’s NOW tracker

Juboury Bluetooth Fitness Tracker

This no-frills wristband offers basic health tracking at a reasonable price. It’s recommended for kids or anyone looking for an entry-level wearable.

The adjustable band has an easy-to-read OLED screen with daily pedometer stats (including steps, calories, and distance), plus sleep quality and time. Like its more advanced counterparts, it syncs with your smartphone, displays data through its accompanying app, and charges via USB. You can get text and call notifications through the wristband as well.

Reviewers also appreciate the silent wake alarm, which awakens the wearer via vibration.

Buy the Juboury wristband now

— Written by Michael Franco

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The 7 Best Fitness Trackers

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That’s why we’ve put together this breakdown of the top activity trackers available in 2016 to help you choose the right tracker to fit your lifestyle. This list is compiled in no particular order, as each of these trackers has its pros and cons, depending on how you want to use it.

Fitbit Surge

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If you’re a fitness addict looking for what Fitbit calls the “Ultimate Fitness Super Watch”, the Fitbit Surge could be just what you need. The Surge is a powerful tracker that offers the features of practically all of Fitbit’s other products combined.

Features

Within the Fitbit Surge (read our full review Fitbit Surge Review and Giveaway Fitbit Surge Review and Giveaway There is a single benchmark for the efficacy of a fitness wearable: does it help optimize your workout? The FitBit Surge claims it can do just that. Read More ) are sensors that can track more than just the basics of distance traveled, calories burned Did You Know How Fitness Apps Count Calories? Did You Know How Fitness Apps Count Calories? Do you count calories or keep track of your exercise? Did you know how your app or fitness device calculated calories? Get the answers now. Read More , active minutes, and steps. The device also has an altimeter, wrist-based heart rate tracking, multi-sport modes, sleep tracking, and control music functions.

Most impressive, however, is the built-in GPS that can map workouts on Google Maps, even if you don’t have your phone with you.

Jawbone UP2

For anyone looking for a basic, but super-affordable fitness tracker, the Jawbone UP2 is still a great option. Its longevity isn’t just because of its subtle design, but also because of its ease of use, and better value compared to the UP3.

As the Jawbone UP2 doesn’t have a screen, this is pretty much a set-it-and-forget-it option which, according to Wearable.com, “gets the basics right and that’s enough”.

During the day, the splash-proof UP2 tracks calories burned, steps, and exercise intensity. During the night, it tracks the length and quality of your sleep, while also offering an alarm that wakes you up during the lighter part of your sleep cycle 6 Smart Gadgets to Help You Sleep Better 6 Smart Gadgets to Help You Sleep Better Not getting a good night’s sleep is never a good way to begin a day. Luckily, there are plenty of home gadgets that can help you get a great night sleep. Read More . All data collected can be reviewed within Jawbone’s impressive mobile app (which can also track food eaten This Daily Food Tracking Habit Can Transform Your Health This Daily Food Tracking Habit Can Transform Your Health Tracking the food you eat can change your health. Life benefits include losing weight and better sleep. And food tracking isn’t tough — you can do it easily with a few easy tools. Read More ).

Garmin Vivoactive

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With similar features compared to the Fitbit Surge, the Garmin Vivoactive is aimed at those who take their workouts seriously.

This 8mm thin, lightweight sports watch features a built-in app that allows you to review your activity and sleep data without needing to turn on your phone. The Vivoactive requires manually setting each exercise, so you must let the device know when you’re biking, running, walking, working out indoors, swimming, or even golfing. You’ll then be able to keep track of steps, speed, pace, calories burned, distance, and a whole lot more. The built-in GPS also maps workouts without needing access to your phone. Unfortunately, there is no built-in heart rate monitor, but the device does work with some chest straps.

The Vivoactive also syncs with your smartphone so that you can see incoming notifications on your wrist. You can even download various screens and widgets so you can review things like the weather, or stock prices.

Since this article was released, Garmin has released a new model of the fitness tracker, the Garmin Vivoactive HR.
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Microsoft Band 2

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Regarding functionality and affordability, Microsoft’s curved-screen Band 2 is up there with the Fitbit Surge, making it great for those who want to take their tracking a bit further than just the basics.

Microsoft Band 2 tracks pretty much everything you’d expect. This includes sport-specific exercise tracking (from running to yoga), calorie burn, heart rate, stairs climbed, and sleep quality. You can even download guided workouts to the tracker, along with other sports specific apps.

As with other relatively higher-end trackers. The Band 2 sports a GPS sensor, along with a barometer, and UV sensor. Users can also view their workout data on a browser or mobile app (including VO2 Max calculations), so you can analyze your results, and work on ways to improve them further.

This device works best with newer Windows phones, but many features that don’t require using Cortana are still available on Android and iOS.

TomTom Spark Cardio + Music

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The TomTom Spark GPS fitness watch is comparable to others in its fitness tracking functionality. But its 500-song music storage capacity makes this a sensible choice for those who use playlists to push their workouts even further.

Regarding tracking, the Spark Cardio tracks sleep, steps, heart rate, distance (using GPS), pace, and you can quickly select which sport you’re doing from the touch screen menu. You can also set daily and weekly goals, and quickly see how you’re progressing toward each of these.

When it comes to loading music on the device, you can do this via iTunes or Windows Media Player. You can then stream this music wirelessly via Bluetooth headphones (included), so there’s no more wrestling with wires at the gym.

All stats sync to the TomTom MySports app, which also integrates with other apps such as MyFitnessPal and NikePlus.

  • Claimed Battery Life: up to 3 weeks for activity tracking, up to 5 hours if using GPS and music.
  • Screen: Black & White LCD
  • Works With: Android, Windows, iOS
  • Verdict: 4/5 from PC Mag. 4/5 from Wearable.com. 7/10 from Tom’s Guide
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Since the article was published, TomTom has released a new model, the TomTom Spark 3 Cardio.

Fitbit Charge HR

Where the Fitbit Surge helps you improve performance, the Fitbit Charge is for more general lifestyle improvements. Users can track their vitals and contribute to making life-improving choices.

Track the most important stats, including steps, floors climbed, calories burned, distance, active minutes, sleep, and heart rate with the Fitbit Charge HR.

This is an affordable tracker that automatically detects the kind of activity you’re doing (this isn’t perfect), as well as when you’re asleep. You can also set a silent alarm, and take a glance at how much time you’ve spent active or sedentary each day.

Once all this data is synced up with the Fitbit app, you’ll have an impressive, graphical understanding of your fitness to help you make better decisions in the future.

Samsung Gear Fit2

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With the Gear Fit2, Samsung, at last, has a fitness tracking device to contend with the others on this list. Unfortunately, it’s only compatible with Android phones.

The Gear Fit2’s design permits exercise out without needing your phone anywhere near you. The tracker can still map your runs and bike rides using GPS. And you can store music on the device to listen to using Bluetooth headphones.

Along with this is a continuous heart rate monitor, and auto-detection of the kind of exercise you’re doing (running, cycling, rowing machine, etc.). The stats you’ll have access to include steps, distance, pace, calories burned, and sleep quality.

Pairing the Gear Fit2 with your phone using Samsung’s S Health app gives users full access to their biometric workout data. Within the app, you can log plenty of other metrics such as caffeine intake, as well as integrate this with many other third party apps (including Spotify).

Since this article was published, Samsung released a new version of this model, the Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
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Which Fitness Tracker Will You Choose?

The differences between most fitness trackers are pretty small. Which one you choose depends on exactly what exercises you hope to track, and whether or not you want to store music on your tracker.

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Which fitness tracker will you be choosing?

Here’s what happened when I wore 10 fitness trackers at once

I reached out to every company mentioned in this story. A Garmin spokeswoman reiterated my conclusion that’s it’s about an individual’s relative gain. “Garmin activity trackers are designed to help users develop healthy habits and motivate them to beat yesterday,” she said in an email. “These devices are meant as a tool to encourage people to live more active lifestyles and for the most accurate data we recommend selecting a device with added features like GPS or a chest-worn heart rate monitor.”

That’s in line with the conclusions: These devices are best used for relative purposes.

A representative of Fitbit stood by the company’s research and product testing but cautioned against putting too much stock in the exact figures.

“Fitbit trackers are designed to provide meaningful data to our users to help them reach their health and fitness goals, and are not intended to be scientific or medical devices,” she said in an email. “Overall, the success of Fitbit products comes from empowering people to see their overall health and fitness trends over time — it’s these trends that matter most in achieving their goals.”

A representative for Jawbone said: “We take a machine learning approach to develop an algorithm that performs work both for the counting of true steps as well as avoiding false positives.”

Polar pointed out that physical activity comes in many forms, each of which can provide benefits. “Polar will credit that activity since it’s offering the same kind of physical benefits,” a spokesperson wrote in an email. “What’s important to remember is that the reason we’re tracking steps isn’t just for the sake of tracking them, but ultimately because it’s about achieving a better fitness result.”

Another company, which declined to be named to discuss other companies’ algorithms, suggested that there is always going to be variation for each statistic. For steps, some devices treat hand movements differently, so if people wave their hands a lot during the day, they might get credited differently depending on the device. Also, the company suggested that most devices are pretty good at getting steps counted while walking in a line — which is why our goal of 500 steps was mostly tracked within 4 percent.

For distance, devices have to consider stride length, as people have different leg lengths or walk at different speeds. There’s also the difference between walking indoors versus outdoors, and how the inclusion of a GPS might — or might not — increase reliability, depending on the circumstance.

And for different heart rates, somebody might not get an exact measurement when putting their finger to their neck, because that action itself changes the pressure and pulse you feel.

The other companies we reached out to have not yet given a comment. We will update this article as they do.

Nicholas Wells contributed reporting to this story.

This story has been updated with a comment from Polar.

10 Fitness Trends to Look Out For in 2016

As we get ready to put 2015 in the review mirror, it is important to take a look ahead and try to identify growing fitness trends that we might be seeing in our studios and gyms over the coming year. The following list is by no means exhaustive, but is meant to provide you with some insight in to what fitness products or programs are likely to become more popular in the coming months. This list can also be used as a guide for choosing professional development, enabling you to offer the highest level of service to your clients and class participants.

1. An increase in public-private partnerships focused on promoting physical activity.

In an effort to help people make the healthier choices necessary to overcome the obesity epidemic, a number of health clubs, equipment companies and fitness organizations will look outside of their walls and become more involved in working directly with the public. In 2016, we will see more public-private partnerships like the one between TRX, the Drew Brees Foundation and local schools. For one month, TRX donates fitness equipment based on how many touchdowns Brees scores in a game. “TRX and Drew Brees share a common mission of championing the importance of physical activity for all, regardless of age or athletic ability. With so many physical education program facing dramatic budget cuts and childhood obesity continually rising, TRX and Drew are committed to making youth fitness a priority,” said Randy Hetrick, CEO and Founder of TRX. Public-private partnerships like these will provide more solutions for helping people make healthier choices while creating new fitness consumers.

2. An increase in faith-based fitness programs.

Over the next year, faith-based exercise will become mainstream as churches, mosques, synagogues, ashrams, temples and other faith-based communities develop programs to promote fitness, health and wellness. Faith-based communities are gathering places where people come together based on shared values and beliefs. Over the past few years, many faith-based communities have begun offering classes, nutrition advice and health coaching to help people improve the physical and spiritual well-being of their adherents. David Jack, the owner of the ActivLab studio in Phoenix, is adamant about the role that spiritual well-being plays in creating the right physical well-being. “If an individual is a member of a faith-based community, he or she is already a member of a community that can provide an environment for community, emotional, mental, spiritual and physical growth. Fitness, wellness and health play an integral role in helping every individual honor their own faith. As people improve their faith and their fitness it helps promote stronger families and communities. Activate the best, magnify the good.” Faith-based exercise programs won’t replace traditional health clubs, but they will become more popular as people who share the same spiritual beliefs come together to improve their physical well-being.

3. More options for streaming fitness and workout videos.

Increasingly demanding schedules, coupled with an international trend toward understanding the role that regular physical activity plays in promoting health and wellness, will spur an increase in the popularity of workout-on-demand and video streaming services. Online video-on-demand subscription services fulfill a need by allowing individuals to do instructor-led workouts on their own time. Daily Burn, the online health and fitness trailblazer, will increase its offerings in the coming year. “With an outstanding year-over-year growth spike, we see an opportunity to further serve our current subscribers and fuel future consumer need,” says Lisa Wheeler, VP of Fitness Programming at Daily Burn. “We are excited to debut a unique, live steaming workout experience, “Daily Burn 365,” that we believe will do just that.”

4. Increased use of technology to take physiological measurements.

Previously relegated to exercise physiology labs and elite performance centers, 2016 will see a significant increase in the use of technology for measuring all sorts of physiological parameters, from body composition to aerobic capacity to intermuscular glycogen storage. PostureCo, for example, uses data on body composition analysis that allows a personal trainer to accurately measure a client’s body composition by simply taking a photo with a tablet or mobile device. Instead of taking awkward (and not always accurate) measurements using calipers, trainers will be able to assess a client’s body fat simply be taking a photo.

5. A return of steady-state cardio training.

After a few years of high-intensity everything, 2016 will signal a shift back toward understanding the role of low-intensity steady-state training (LISS) in promoting weight loss and overall fitness. HIIT works, but too much can cause overtraining and overuse injuries. Plus, recent research demonstrates that HIIT can cause a negative experience and emotional relationship with exercise, which could be used as a reason for quitting an exercise program. Trainers that know how to utilize LISS can give their clients long-term programming solutions that help promote adherence to regular physical activity.

6. Combined formats for group fitness classes.

Responding to consumer demand for instructor-led workouts that offer fun and creative ways to stay in shape, studios and health clubs will start offering group fitness classes that combine workout formats. After all, even with the best playlist, studio cycling is still sitting in the same place for an hour, and HIIT workouts get a little stale after the 1,000th burpee. In 2016, equipment companies will deliver solutions that enable clubs and studios to create a variety of combined formats, such as cycling and boxing, treadmill running and strength training, and rowing and body-weight training. These new formats will provide instructors and trainers with innovative ways for engaging members and producing results.

7. Health coaching for personal trainers.

Astute, career-based personal trainers understand that the workout program is only one component of the long-term solution for helping clients. Professional trainers know that providing a high level of service isn’t just giving a client a workout for a single day. Rather, it involves coaching clients on how to make exercise and healthy choices a foundational part of their lives. Increasing numbers of fitness professionals will evolve their careers to become health coaches capable of guiding their clients to achieving optimal health, both in and out of the gym. For trainers interested in long-term career success, becoming a health coach will provide a number of resources for how to engage and lead clients to achieve the results they seek.

8. Experiences, not simply workouts, will become the norm.

Boutique studios thrive because they create a catered fitness experience that surpasses the expectations of normal health-club patrons. Obstacle course races like the Spartan Race have exploded in popularity because they combine fitness with a unique, challenging experience that is not easily replicated in a traditional gym environment. In 2016, we will continue to see fitness entrepreneurs offer a variety of opportunities to combine people’s passion for exercise with a chance to have a one-of-a-kind, physically challenging experience.

9. How we recover will become as important as how we train.

While the workout provides the physical stimulus, the recovery period after the workout is when the body actually changes to adapt to the applied stimulus. As we learn more about how the body adapts to exercise, we are also increasing our understanding about the role that recovery strategies play in promoting successful physical performance. From cryotherapy in sub-freezing temperatures and compression clothing to understanding heart rate variability and the importance of sleep, 2016 will see more strategies that we can apply to help promote the appropriate recovery to exercise.

10. Education workshops for the average fitness consumer.

Over the course of the next year, we will see a significant increase in the number of fitness education programs designed for the fitness consumer. With the increasing popularity of barbell strength training, high-intensity weightlifting workout programs and Olympic Weightlifting, the average fitness consumer is being exposed to strategies and techniques for exercise that were once reserved for only high-performance athletes. As a result, there is an increased demand in education from professional strength coaches like Tony Gentilcore to help the average fitness consumer learn how to properly perform high-intensity strength training.

Fitness trends change from year to year depending on many influences, but are largely driven by consumers like you and me. What we want to spend our time, money, and energy on is of great interest to fitness professionals, product developers, and retailers because it can make our break their success.

That’s why, for the past ten years, the American College of Sports Medicine has gathered survey input from thousands of fitness professionals across the world, compiling a revealing list of what these experts predict to be hot (or not) in fitness ideas and platforms in the upcoming year. Take a look at the findings from the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016.

#1: Wearable fitness tech. Smart watches, fitness trackers, heart rate monitors, and GPS watches aren’t new, but until this year, they’ve never made it into the top 20 (Incidentally, fitness apps, at position#17, also made the top 20). In addition to our increasingly digital and ‘connected’ lifestyles, market experts think the upturning economy has something to do with it. Whatever the case, fitness-related tech. is going to be hot in 2016.

#2: Body weight training. This one isn’t new to the top ten, and it’s no wonder why. Body weight training involves no equipment beyond your own body, so it’s an extremely affordable way to get in shape (not to mention the great results). Watch for this trend to continue in newly released fitness programs.

#3: HIIT Training. High-intensity interval training is where it’s at, according to many fitness experts. Using the popular Tabata method, periods of max-intensity work are followed by brief periods of rest in ultra-compact workouts of 4-10 minutes — a platform that’s been linked to higher post-workout calorie burning (not to mention it gets the job done in a fraction of the time it normally takes to do a workout).

#4: Strength training. You’ve probably heard the cliché phrase “strong is the new skinny” in recent years. Men and women of all ages are embracing muscle as a sign of peek physical health, a welcomed alternative to being afraid of the ‘bulk’ miss-associated with heavy weight training, particularly in the case of women. It turns out using heavier weights won’t necessarily make you bulkier (unless you’re a power lifter), but leaner and tighter…and who doesn’t want that?

#5 Certified/experienced fitness professionals. This shows people’s seriousness about getting sound advice about health and fitness, which is also promising for the formation of long-lasting habits and results.

#6 Personal Training. Hand-in-hand with the previous trend, this one is here to stay if placement in the top 10 for the last nine years is any indication. Most people don’t just want expert advice, they want personal, customized training that addresses their unique needs and requires greater accountability. In a culture full of numerous distractions, accountability is more important than ever before.

#7 Functional Fitness. Sure, you can bench press a ton of weight, but can you lift, pivot, and carry a heavy box down the stairs without throwing your back out? Functional fitness includes movements like Cross Fit, kettlebells, and integrated training. By focusing on core strength and everyday movements, this type of training prepares people to deal with the actual demands placed on their body in the course of everyday life.

#8 Fitness for Older Adults. The Baby Boomer generation continues to age, and many of them are concerned about staying fit and active well into their 90s.

#9 Exercise and weight loss. What exactly is role of exercise in weight loss, versus just dieting? This topic will continue to be important to the fitness community in the coming year.

#10 Yoga. This practice has been around for literally centuries, but has experienced a comeback in recent years thanks to its 21st-century relevance for stress-relief and injury prevention.

There you have it: the top 10 fitness trends for 2016. Which of these are most interesting to you?

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Top 3 Fitness Trends of 2016

There are hundreds of thousands of different ways to move your body, get fit, and stay in shape. Like fashion, fitness has trends and fads that cycle through the collective consciousness. Let’s take a look at the top three Fitness Trends that have people excited to work out this year!

#3- High Intensity Interval Training.

People are searching for ways to get the most out of every workout. High intensity interval training works your whole body, burns calories fast, and gives you noticeable results. The best part is, it won’t eat up your whole day! In today’s economy, people are working longer hours which leaves less time for self-care. HIIT is the perfect solution, giving you the maximum payoff in minimal time.

#2- Body Weight Training.

Weight training is crucial to building muscles, getting toned, and maintaining a high resting burn rate. A busy life can keep you away from the gym, and keeping weights at home is often impractical and expensive. The solution is clear: Body weight training! Your own body is a convenient, portable weight that you can never forget in the car.

#1- Wearable Technology.

Who has time to keep track of their workouts? Our #1 fitness trend indicates that the primary need health-conscious people have is an easy way to track their workouts that doesn’t take up a whole lot of brain space. Wearable tech is not only easy to use; it also won’t break the bank! Fitness tracker prices range from 12 to 450 dollars, and they’re well worth it. There is wearable tech for virtually every fitness need, from sleep trackers and step counters to fully programmable personal trainers.

If you would like to learn more about these trends and how they can help you reach your fitness goals, contact us today!

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