Top 4 Workout Trends (And One Chilly Recovery Tool) of 2018


Now that the holidays are over, it is time to take control of your health. New Year, New You? It is 2018, which means new workout trends. This year it is time to treat yourself with new and exciting workouts, whether that be partaking in a HIIT workout or trying yoga for the first time or getting in a saddle at spin class.

Group fitness classes are a fun and motivating way to exercise. With positive surroundings and attitudes, the ambiance is contagious and will get you moving! Working out with a motivated group of people and an instructor who keeps you moving will give you a positive attitude and lead you to your fitness goals. If you are ready to challenge your body and feel your best, give these 4 workouts and one recovery trend a try in 2018.

  1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
    Schedules have never been busier in 2018, so why spend hours in the gym when you can complete a high-intensity interval workout in 20 minutes and shred tons of calories? There are group class options and you can easily do a HIIT workout at home by using YouTube or Google to find example workouts. An example of a HIIT workout includes push-ups, squats, butt kicks, tricep dips, and side lunges in three-rounds lasting 45 seconds each with 15 seconds of rest in between.

    • Pro Tip: If you have never participated in a HIIT workout, take it slow the first time to avoid injury, then pick up the pace.
  2. Boxing
    2017 was a huge year for group boxing classes, but the love affair with this kick-butt sport is just beginning. Boxing is a full-body workout that can clear your mind and strengthen and tone your arms, legs, back, and core while boosting your confidence.
  3. Spinning
    Hate doing cardio at the gym? Going to a spin class makes cardio not feel so terrible and this trend isn’t dying down anytime soon. This low-impact workout is great for all ages and fitness levels, and you might even have fun. The instructors will have you dancing your way through 50 minutes of cardio.

    • Pro Tip: If you work hard during class you can burn upwards of 550 calories in an hour-long class.
  4. Yoga
    Whether you are practicing power, heated, yin, or restorative yoga, your body, mind, and spirit will feel the benefits. Life can be stressful and yoga is a great way to empty your mind while increasing your flexibility and strength. As an added bonus, this is also a great way to exercise at home.

    • Pro Tip: Never participated in yoga? Start with a beginner class and let the instructor know you are a first-timer. Practice makes perfect, especially with yoga.

Cryotherapy, A New Recovery Trend
Recovery, recovery, recovery. Ever heard of cryotherapy? Well, 2018 is the year to immerse yourself in this chilly trend. After you participate in these fun group fitness classes, you may want to try cryotherapy, a 3-minute, -250F experience that will leave you feeling refreshed. Cryotherapy is used to help speed up recovery times and improve your immune system by eliminating toxins and increasing your body’s circulation.

January is the perfect month to better yourself with these trendy workouts. Now get out there — or stay in if you choose to exercise at home — stay active, and enjoy working out. If you find yourself with an injury limiting your ability to get active, schedule an appointment with us!


Hannah Nagin

Old Town Scottsdale