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3 cool fitness trends for 2015

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We’re only one month into the New Year, but the latest fitness trends are already going strong. Now marks the optimal time to signup for local gym memberships. And thanks to organizations like MoveUSA , enrolling in multiple clubs at once has never been easier.

What can you expect to see at your local gyms and sports clubs this year? We’ve sized up three fitness trends that are continuing to attract a band of loyal followers.

High-intensity interval training (also known as HIIT) has been going strong for a few years now. The idea is to mix intermittent stints of intense activity with alternating periods of rest and downtime. The approach is called “high-intensity” for a reason, but thankfully most HIIT workouts only last 30 minutes . The good news is that the hard work is well worth it – HIIT has been associated with improved heart health, better-controlled blood sugar, and serious fat burning.

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Barry’s Bootcamp offers one-hour HIIT workouts designed to burn a whopping 1,000 calories a pop. It’s a high-energy, heart-pounding endeavor that targets one section of the body at a time. For example, some classes are devoted solely to the butt and legs, while others zero in on abs only. Full-body HIIT workouts are also available.

If you’re looking to dial up the intensity of your fitness routine, HIIT is a workout that’ll definitely kick your butt and leave you sweating (in a good way). All Barry’s Bootcamp classes are also available as part of your MoveUSA membership.

Workout routines specifically geared toward new moms continue to represent a thriving niche. There are boatloads of prenatal fitness classes – why not extend the idea to after delivery? And with so many moms out there struggling to lose the baby weight, the demand for innovative new classes makes sense. Baby Boot Camp is one such program that includes yoga-inspired stroller fitness, nutrition courses, and even a 5k training regimen. FIT4MOM also offers high-intensity workouts for new mothers striving to get their pre-baby bodies back.

Fortunately, many local gyms, sports clubs and studios offer their own mom-centered spin on their existing workouts. This means that if you already have a MoveUSA membership , you may be able to find classes within the network that are designed for moms. For example, FIT RxN offers a Mommy Strong 30/30 class that focuses on tightening your core while also toning arms and legs.

Yoga isn’t going away anytime soon. Year after year, it’s ranked as one of the most popular fitness routines out there. The good news is that there’s no shortage of interesting and creative variations of this age-old practice. Bikram yoga is performed in a hot room and touts many health benefits. The increased sweating is thought to flush out toxins and waste, while nourishing the body.

Creative new spins on yoga include everything from nude yoga to equine yoga (aka yoga with a horse). However, not all variations are so low-impact. Clubs like Monster Cycle uniquely blend vinyasa yoga classes with an alternative take on traditional spin class. What’s so different? Monster Cycle represents working out with a, gothic twist. This new niche, which is massively popular, is performed in a SoHo studio dripping with a raw, underground feel. Access to Monster Cycle is just one of the many perks that come with having a MoveUSA membership.

 
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