The underwhelming recovery from the Great Recession has left most Americans pinching their pennies. The first financial obligations that got cut during the financial crisis are not finding their way back into family budgets. If you haven’t reinstated your gym membership, you are not alone.
The fitness focus for this year may be driven by penny-pinching. In and out of the gym, this year’s fitness routines refine basic workouts, such as running. Here are some back-to-the-basics routines that you may want to try. Most don’t even require an expensive, full-service fitness center.
- Group treadmill training. Treadmills are no fun, right? Those involved in group treadmill classes vehemently disagree. These entertaining classes are modeled after spinning and challenge participants to improve their speed and stamina while running as a group to energetic music. Treadmill training even makes your solitary run more fun since improvements made on the treadmill will transfer to your usual running route.
- Bodyweight training. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, bodyweight training will be the hottest trend this year. The obvious benefit to this workout is the lack of equipment. Gyms are expected to clear large open spaces for bodyweight training that can be done in groups or with a personal trainer. Do you travel for work? Bodyweight training is perfect for hotel rooms. This will be the year that you perfect your squat.
- Punk Rope. Punk Rope is a playful jump rope class that helps participants connect with their inner child. The idea behind this 600-calorie burn is to have so much fun that you won’t notice how fit you are getting. Anyone can participate in Punk Rope; this is one work