Exercise, like dieting, is one of those fields that’s constant advancing and evolving. Believe it or not, people are still making new discoveries about the human body and finding new ways to exercise and lose weight. Here are some of the exercise regimens revolutionizing the way people work out today.
CrossFit has the highest profile out of any fitness regimen. Although it’s been around since 2000, it’s only really risen to prominence in the last 20 years, and chances are you know a few people who are constantly going on about it.
That’s because the culture promoted by the program is one of intense competition and enthusiasm. CrossFit workouts have been characterized as free-ranging, with exercises ranging from weight training to gymnastics to plyometrics.
CrossFit has proven effective for many people, although its intense movements have been known to cause injuries. It’s a good regimen if you’re looking for full-body fitness, rather than working on a particular area, and the team atmosphere is great if you lack motivation.
2. Hot Yoga-
Hot yoga has exploded over the last few years, for women and men alike. The addition of heat and humidity to the ancient physical and spiritual exercise of yoga takes the practice to a new level of intensity and difficulty. The heat improves circulation to your joints, making previously unattainable forms possible, and the profuse sweating that happens, as a result, helps evacuate your body of toxins.
Hot yoga originated in 1972 but now takes several different forms. Bikram yoga continues to be one of the most common, which is a testament to its efficacy, since the founder of the tradition fled the United States in 2016 following allegations of heinous behavior. But Forrest and Power yoga are also popping up in studios around the country.
3. Bodhi Suspension
This offshoot of Pilates involves the use of two independent ropes that create four suspension points. Practitioners suspend their bodies from the ropes in countless ways as they perform exercises that build their muscular strength, flexibility, and balance.
Installing one in your home isn’t easy, since you’ll need to anchor the ropes securely in your ceiling and walls, but there are numerous classes that allow you to experience the Bhodi Suspension System without committing to mounting one in your house.
This is a great exercise for building full-body strength and targeting areas of the body that normal, gravitationally-bound exercises can’t touch.
4. Indoor Climbing
Gyms equipped with climbing walls are popping up all over the country, and despite what you might think, they have uses aside from practicing for climbing real-life rocks.
Climbing for an hour burns over 700 calories, making this an intense cardio workout, but it’s the muscle building that’s really surprising. Rock climbing builds your forearms, biceps, back, abdominals, and legs in ways that normal strength training can’t. And it’s been shown that climbing also builds focus, as selecting grips requires spatial awareness and mental dexterity, and is an excellent stress reliever.
Even if you’d never be interested in actual rock climbing, an indoor climbing workout could still be a great addition to your regimen.