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Functional Training and High-Intensity Intervals Among Top Fitness Trends For 2015

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Fitness professionals are pointing to back-to-back basics strength training and short intense interval workouts among the hot trends for 2015. Nearly 2000 Canadian fitness professionals responded to Canfitpro’s first national survey.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) involves intense exercise interspersed with periods of rest. Think sprinting for 50 seconds and then jogging, walking, or resting for 10. Aside from sprinting, the exercises could include movements such as lunges, pushups, planks, sit-ups, squat jumps, biceps curls, shoulder presses, and so on. The crux is to go all-out, recover, then repeat. HIIT workouts are usually full-body and incorporate functional and compound exercises, meaning they engage more than one body part at a time. HIIT includes elements of CrossFit and Rowing.

Functional fitness refers to exercises that use movements that prepare practitioners for the activities of daily life. Unlike traditional forms of strength training, functional movements force the use of multiple muscle groups because real-life activities, such as shoveling snow, rarely isolate one or two muscles at a time.

Another finding of the study is the demand for fitness programs catering to a very large aging demographic. People are living longer and want to maintain physical and mental health, thus an emphasis on a balanced diet and regular exercise. Fitness professionals are developing, safe senior-friendly exercise programs.
Functional Athletics is sensitive to these trends and addresses same in its programming.

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