With the start of the new year comes a new wave of fitness trends. This blog will walk you through what the latest trends are and the best equipment to do them with. One type of workout that has seen a rise in popularity recently is the high-intensity interval training, or HIIT for short. HIIT is short bursts of max intensity followed by short periods of rest. This style of working out is one of the more efficient ways to workout, but also has proven to be one of the most effective at helping with weight loss. HIIT was found to burn 25-30% more calories than more traditional types of working out like running, cycling and weight training. Some of the best equipment for HIIT are rowing machines, treadmills, cross trainers, exercise bikes, battle ropes, slam balls, kettlebells and dumbbells. Another popular style of working out recently is low impact training which is a lot less stress on the joints and focuses more on general health and functionality, rather than purely focusing on strength and building muscles like other styles of workouts. Low impact workouts are also great at lowering stress and reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Some of the best equipment for low impact workouts are cross trainers, exercise bikes and rowing machines. Pilates and yoga have also seen an increase in popularity due to their ability to help with strength, flexibility and importantly helps the mental side of things just as much as the physical side. Another benefit of yoga specifically is how easy it is to do a workout. All you need is a mat and a quiet place. A pilates reformer is much better at providing a whole body workout while also providing the same mental benefits of yoga. The last trend for this year is the rise of fitness trackers such as heart rate monitors. These monitors are incredibly useful because they can tell you how much time you spent in the optimal training window and can help you plan your workouts to be more efficient and ensure you are getting the best possible results. If you have any questions or are interested in buying pieces of equipment the staff at Fitness Equipment Ireland are more than happy to help.
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