Each new year brings predictions for new trends. For food, 2013 was the year of the cronut (a donut-croissant hybrid). For fitness, it was all about spinning classes. In the fashion world, we saw an uprising in leather pants, leather jackets, leather baseball caps...you name it. And in tech news, 2013 was a big year for mobile shopping and posting too many selfies on Instagram.
So what will it be this year? We can't predict the future (yet...), but we have
done enough research to know about a few fitness trends that cheerleaders should add to their workout routine
. Not only are these new trends fun, but they'll also spice up your regular workout routine that may have grown stale.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Huh? That's what we said at first. According to several fitness studies, this is likely to be this year's biggest fitness trend. HIIT, in the simplest of terms, is short but high-powered exercise. In 30 minutes or less, one performs several quick bursts of activity, followed by short periods of rest. This exercise is ideal for cheerleaders and those with a busy schedule who don't have time for an hour and a half yoga session. The other big bonus is that you can do this training whenever, wherever. According to Shape magazine
, you can burn more calories in 15 minutes of HIIT than jogging on a treadmill for an hour!
Many predict that 2014 will be the year of the personal trainer. As more and more specialized fitness certification programs are created, the more educated and knowledgeable fitness trainers are. As a result, many are relying on a trainer to create a personalized plan. This is great for cheerleaders, as many have specific training needs. Flyers will want to focus on abs, flexibility, and balance
, while bases and spotters will want to work on leg and core strength
Yoga and Pilates
Yoga and Pilates aren't going anywhere! These two workouts will continue to be popular through the year. Yoga and Pilates are great for cheerleaders
to incorporate weekly into their schedule. It not only increases balance and flexibility, but it also helps alleviate stress.
SoulCycle is spinning meets zumba. With energetic and rhythmic music booming in the background, participants get a major workout cycling on indoor stationary bikes for an hour.
Thanks to the ever-changing tech world, your phone can now help you exercise. This year, we'll continue to see new health and fitness apps. Forget last year's calorie counters and try Tempo Run. The app figures out the tempo of your music
(whatever you have stored in your library on your phone) and categorizes all your songs based on the running speed they're best geared for. You won't ever have to interrupt your workout to change a song again.
If you like running (or want to work on your stamina) but want to make it livelier, try the app Zombies, Run! Thanks to great writers and actors, running becomes a whole new adventure with this app as you try to escape from zombies while collecting supplies to distribute along the way to other apocalypse survivors.
However you choose to workout and exercise, make it fun and keep it fresh!
Will you try any of these workout trends? How do you currently exercise? Comment below!