- Functional training was a popular trend throughout the year
- Yoga is an evergreen fitness trend
- Dance workouts like Zumba and Bhangra have also gained popularity
The year 2018 has been quite progressive and interesting in terms of new workout trends. A variety of workout regimes were introduced this year, all of which gained tremendous popularity. What's exciting is that health and fitness has gained widespread momentum. Some of the top celebrities of Bollywood like Deepika Padukone, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Huma Qureshi, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Bhumi Pednekar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Shahid Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Ranveer Singh to name just a few, have used social media as a platform to share their personal fitness regimes with fans. Now, every second person aspires to have a body like their favourite celebrity. And even if it's about just being an ardent fan, people have accepted fitness in their lifestyle more holistically!
Fitness trends of 2018
We talk to celebrity fitness trainer Vinod Channa about the most popular fitness trends of the year.
1. Functional training
Weight training is the basis of all training in fitness. But people have now gotten more into functional training as it helps in improving mind and body coordination, agility and mobility. This is preferred as it helps in performing day-to-day functions in a better way.
Throwback to those late night training sessions for #UriTheSurgicalStrike ... gaining 15kgs of muscle weight wasn't an easy task for this ectomorph... a big shout out to my dear ‘jallaad' trainer @rakeshudiyar and his team @amol_kyatam and Mangesh for constantly making me sweat, scream and cry so that I could reach my goals. #HowIsTheJosh
2/3. Zumba, Masala Bhangra
Zumba and masala bhangra are dance-based workouts which help in burning lots of calories. These exercise regimes involve dance movements that are done in the form of exercise. They involve fun movements along with exercises like squats and lunges. They help people do cardio without working out on the treadmill or cross trainer. They are usually done in groups and are widely enjoyed by people.
4. TRX bands
The TRX bands exercises are body weight training exercises. They involve exercises which work on the core, joints and the whole body. A person can do whole body exercises using just this one equipment that is TRX bands. Watch actress Rhea Chakraborty workout on the TRX bands in the video below.
Vinod Channa says that people are going far beyond these different kinds of exercises and are focusing on workout regimes which can improve their agility as per their lifestyle. The lifestyle of people today have, requires improved mind and body coordination. Animal flow workout, parkour workout and calisthenic workout are the ones which have gained popularity because of this, says Vinod.
5. Animal flow workout
This is an innovative fitness program which combines ground-based and quadrupedal movements. These movements are done along with body-weight training disciplines in order to make it more challenging and creating more fluid movements
6. Parkour workout
Parkour is referred to the practice of traversing obstacles in a man-made or natural environment through vaulting, running, jumping, climbing, rolling and other movements in order to travel from one point to other. The idea is to make the movements in the quickest and most effective way without the use of any equipment. "Agility, speed and mind and body coordination is required more in parkour workouts," says Vinod.
7. Calisthenic workout
Calisthenic exercises comprise a variety of gross motor movements like standing, running, grasping, pushing etc. Under this workout regime, all exercises are performed rhythmically and require minimal equipment. It mostly includes body weight exercises.
Yoga is an evergreen workout trend, mentions Vinod. In fact, people are now adapting to more advanced versions of yoga. We see many people attempting to perfect a handstand, headstand and backward bending poses, often for the purpose of posting their pictures on social media. Yoga has evolved to be a form of art, explains Vinod Channa.
Today's mantra “Life will be simpler if you don't bend backwards for anyone but yourself.” We bend backwards when we are insecure, seeking attention/approval, lacking confidence or in fear ..This asana will definitely help you change those things. They say you are as young as your spine..The Chakrasana is an intense backward bend creating necessary space in your spine to keep you young and healthy. “The Wheel”(Chakra) pose sets momentum for the circulatory, nervous and endocrine system, just like the wheel sets momentum for a car helping it run smoothly. This asana opens up the Manipuraka chakra (solar plexus) building confidence, clarity of thought, self assurance,wisdom, knowledge and bliss.. This must be done carefully (but not if one suffers with back injuries) and under supervision and consistent practice will yield astounding results both not just physically but mentally too. Bend backwards for yourself and see the world bend forward ..with RESPECT #chakrasana #yogi #advanceposes #strength #flexibility #instayoga #mantra #gratitude #happiness
According to the trainer, who is responsible for some of the fittest bodies in Bollywood like Shilpa Shetty Kundra, John Abraham and Harshvardhan Rane, the trend of gymnastics is growing at a rapid pace. People want to learn movement like full splits, planks, push-ups, forward roll, etc.
10. Stick mobility
Stick mobility is a workout which is derived from stick yoga. It involves different kinds of stretches and exercises which are done with sticks by engaging core and awareness of the mind. Stick mobility helps in building muscles, controlled flexibility and balance. Stick mobility exercises can improve performance of day to day exercises.
Speaking about popular workouts among celebrities, Vinod says, "Celebrities are mostly engaging in weight training along with more gymnastics and flexibility rope workouts. They too have been involved in doing dance movements in the form of exercise to perform actions in a better way, without any muscle wear and tear."
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