4 fitness trends for 2015 - Metro US

4 fitness trends for 2015

Don’t think you’ve heard the last of high-intensity interval training, last year’s hottest workout trend. We asked trainers and yogis to look into their crystal kettlebells and tell us about how we’re going to get our heart rate up in 2015.

HIIT takes over

“With the growing popularity of HIIT, I think you will see HIIT being applied to many different styles of workouts. Look for high intensity intervals, such as the Tabata Protocol (20 seconds of all out effort, followed by 10 seconds of recovery for 8 rounds), incorporated into spinning, rowing and running classes as an efficient way to increase work capacity, improve results and break through fitness plateaus.”

Daury Dross, instructor at Fhitting Room, which is opening in the Flatiron District this month

Running comes in from the cold

“Running on a treadmill has historically gotten a bad rep as the machines in large gyms tend to be worn down and it can be boring to trek all those miles on your own. Running on a state-of-the-art treadmill, with a knowledgeable instructor, great music and surrounded by friends solves all of the problems of the past. The tempo and intervals programmed by the instructors are carefully crafted and a great combination of various jogging and running speeds, sprinting and hills. Some studios like Barry’s Bootcamp have taken the extra step to incorporate real strength training into the routines.”

Dustin Martin, co-owner, Barry’s Bootcamp Boston

Shorter workouts

“We’re a busy, time-strapped population so the standard 60-minute workout model isn’t very appealing for many. Research suggests about 20 minutes of strategic exercise is all we need to stay healthy and manage our weight.”

Brett Klika, personal trainer and author of“7 Minutes to Fit”

Social fitness

“One thing that I think is really going to take off in 2015 is fully integrated fitness-tracking mobile apps, such as the one we have at Retro Fitness. Our app offers members the opportunity to track workouts, set goals, earn points, join challenges and share updates all while connecting with third-party apps, such as MyFitnessPal.”

Eric Casaburi, CEO and founder of Retro Fitness

Versatile workout gear

“Our audience continues to use our products in a very versatile way and comment that our apparel is stylish, has great fits and takes them from all their daily activities – whether it’s the gym, going to brunch or simply lounging at home. We are also seeing a lot of men looking for a high quality option and more and more men are approaching us for a broader range of items that go from gym to casual wear.”

Rishi Bali, founder of wellness apparel brand YogaSmoga

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