If you have trouble sticking to your fitness goals all alone in the gym, now's the time to start attending classes with like minded people. Not only will they provide a welcome conversational distraction during the water breaks, but you'll be more inspired to keep going when there are people watching!
Group exercise is booming, much like it did in the 80's, only now there's so much more to choose from than leotard clad dance aerobics.
Experts from this year's BodyPower and B-Fit Expo have revealed three of the top group trends that have taken 2013 by storm.
Indoor cycling is going through its own mini revolution at the moment with classes like adidas Zone Cycling taking inspiration from Olympians Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. You can now disco cycle, combine your cycle class with small free weights, and even race against your class competitors with the latest in interactive technology. Cycling is no longer just about the trainer, the music and the bike – it now has added atmosphere and the 'fun factor', thanks in large part to a variety of formats and new technology.
This year, expect to see more and more independent cycle studios like BOOM! Cycle and Cyclebeat popping up all over the country as our love for cycling hits a whole new level!
After a fantastic performance from our combat team's athletes last year, the benefits of boxing, judo and taekwondo are being taken up by Brits in their thousands. With group exercise formats like Les Mills' BODYCOMBAT, Judo Fit and BOXFIT offering classes filled with key combat moves in an exercise to music environment, the fight just got fun.
If you're really serious about giving boxing moves a try take a look at our guide to getting started here.
High Intensity Interval Training is THE buzzword for 2013, but don't be fooled into thinking it needs to be complex, or involve the added cost of a Personal Trainer. The concept has moved into group exercise in a big way, as it consumes less of your time, but burns so many more calories!
Studies have shown that just two weeks of high-intensity interval training improves your aerobic capacity as much as six to eight weeks of endurance. You'll start to see clubs offering programmes like GRIT Series, CXWORX and TRX Rip Trainer classes, which WILL be popular so keep a lookout and book early.
If you want to experience these classes first hand, visit the B_FIT Expo at Birmingham's NEC Arena on 17-19 May 2013.
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