Fitness trends vary, and this year, high-intensity interval training, group training, yoga and bodyweight training are all at the top of the list.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the most popular fitness trend this year because it burns a maximum number of calories in a short amount of time. HIIT is a cardio workout composed of short bursts of intense exercises lasting anywhere from 20 to 90 seconds, followed with bursts of less-intense exercises, which allow your body to have time to recover before you bounce back to more intense exercises. Typical HIIT workouts last 30 minutes, making it very convenient for people with busy schedules.

“I thought I was fit until I did my first HIIT workout over two years ago,” said Brentwood resident Ryan Dourgarian. “I was blown away by the intensity of the workout.”

According to Dourgarian, one of the biggest benefits to a HIIT workout is the EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) effect, which allows your body to continue to burn calories long after your workout is complete. 

For those needing a little motivation when they hit the gym, group training is the trend to check out.

Group training or fitness classes, combine five or more people and are designed to be motivational and appropriate for multiple fitness levels. The extra perk is that they’re also social, so you might even make a few friends.

“The main benefits to group training are motivation, accountability and camaraderie,” said Matthew Johnson, owner of I Love Kickboxing in Brentwood. “Group training pushes you harder, with others supporting you directly and indirectly; helps with accountability, because you are part of a team; and provides camaraderie, because it’s social and you’re amongst people with like interests who share a common goal of fitness.” 

If you don’t want to hit the gym and don’t own any equipment, body-weight training is a trend that can help you tone and build strength. Body-weight training uses your own body weight during exercises, such as squats, lunges and push-ups.  

“Body-weight training is really simple and can be done almost anywhere, as you are using your own body weight to build muscle and burn fat,” said Johnson. 

Those looking for a workout that will improve their physical health and improve their mental health and relieve stress can try yoga. 

“The benefits of having a regular yoga practice are endless,” said Stacia McConnell, manager of Bliss Hot Yoga. “It improves your flexibility, builds muscle strength, increases blood flow, makes you happier, helps you focus, lowers blood sugars, improves your balance, releases tension in your limbs and much more.”

The last workout trend of 2018 – personal training – is perfect for people looking for a personalized workout routine. Personal training not only helps people reach their fitness goals but also provides motivation and feedback from a licensed professional. 

Bliss Hot Yoga is located at 5865 Lone Tree Way, Suite L, in Antioch. For more information, call 925-732-7803 or visit I Love Kickboxing is located at 5561 Lone Tree Way, in Brentwood. For more information, visit or call 925-240-1996.


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