The top fitness trends of 2014

We asked top trainers what kinds of workouts you can expect to see surge in popularity this year. Here, they weigh in.

Simone De La Rue, who trains Jennifer Aniston, Chelsea Handler and Naomi Watts

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“Obviously I would say dance cardio as it is one of my signature classes. It’s a fun way to get your sweat on and burn the calories, and it doesn’t require any equipment other than kick-ass tunes. The second would be Cross-Fit. It is already starting to take over the fitness scene in a big way. Once some of the exercises are modified to suit women better I think this will be the workout to dominate the fitness world.”

Gunnar Peterson, who trains Khloe Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Bruce Willis

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“It’s all gonna keep going back to hybrid stuff: spinning bike with weights, yoga-boxing — it’s all combination stuff. It all comes down to multitasking. You can’t be too boutique anymore. Then [clients will] feel like they’re neglecting something else so they’ll leave you and go to that.”

Adam Rosante, whose client list is so exclusive it’s his policy not to name names!

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“I think we’ll see people embracing more online workouts and continuing to move more toward any kind of functional fitness that encourages a sense of community and really makes fitness fun.”

Harley Pasternak, who trains Lady Gaga, Usher and Rihanna

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  • “I think the idea of fitness getting out of the gym — the big-box model is still in effect but I think more in exercise, when people want to do yoga they’ll go to a yoga studio. I think we’ll be seeing that for awhile, almost like disassembling the gym. The gym is sort of like a Swiss army knife of wellness. They happen to have scissors; are they the best pair of scissors? No, but if you need them they’re on your Swiss army knife.”
  • “Digital streaming of exercise content, insomuch as getting your workouts on your phone, there’s a lot of that now. Streaming personal training sessions over your computer or your tablet is becoming more and more popular, [but] I don’t think it’s gonna stick. Part of the training is the personal experience.”“Definitely the use of activity monitors, the Fitbit, that’s huge — the idea of people not being tethered to the gym, and being active out of the gym, and being able to monitor how much you’re moving.”

Pasternak recently teamed up with Netflix to promote working out while you’re simultaneously entertained. “There’s a bunch of research that people who are entertained with some kind of medium, like a TV show, while they do cardio have a lower rate of perceived exertion — they actually feel the cardio is easier and as a result they tend to be on it longer, and often.”

Kathy Kaehler, who trains Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore and Cindy Crawford

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“Wearable fitness [is] a trend because it is a way to be accountable for your daily physical activity. [And] customized fitness: People now have more access to fitness in more ways that suit their lifestyles. If you’re at home and can’t get to the gym because of bad weather or family commitments, in-home workout options like Wii Fit U make it easy to get active from the comfort of your living room. You can even customize Wii Fit U with the type of workout you want to do or the amount of time you have to get it done.”

As part of Metro’s New in the New Year series (running all week), we want to help you make it your best year yet. To help kick off your success, we’re giving away a FitBit activity tracker to one lucky reader. Like www.facebook.com/MetroBoston, www.facebook.com/MetroPhilly or www.facebook.com/MetroNewYork on Facebook and enter for a chance to win from now until Jan. 26. Get moving! 


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