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With the new year quickly approaching, some fitness trends are shifting… and some of them in an unusual way.

Though Zumba may still be one of the more popular fitness formats that S.W.E.A.T. Fitness Studio offers, throughout the fitness world, its popularity is dropping. Just to be clear, that doesn’t mean our Zumba classes are going anywhere. But, many fitness instructors nation wide are switching to new formats.

Here are some of the more unusual fitness trends that are gaining popularity around the country.

Treadmill Classes
Similar to cycling classes, these new treadmill classes are essentially bootcamp on a treadmill. There is no slacking off or yapping about the latest gossip in treadmill class. New York’s first treadmill running studio, The Mile High Run Club, opened in November and according to a New York Times article, it won’t be long until there are plenty of competitors opening treadmill “boutiques”. The classes combine high-intensity intervals and incline training, with floor work including kettle bells, lunges and squats.

Punk Rope
Think recess for adults. According to the official Punk Rope website, “It’s a playful and fun fitness class reminiscent of recess, which will have you sweating and smiling at the same time.” The class aims to improve stamina, strength, power, agility, coordination, balance and rhythm, and it is a great fit for all fitness levels. Because this class emphasizes “play” it is definitely on the stress relier list. The creator also encourages costumes at all times and each class has a different theme. Check out this video demonstrating some of the moves.

Hot Barre
(No, this new style of exercise did not derive it’s name from Wilkes-Barre…) Hot Barre is basically classic ballet moves performed in a heated room. The trend has taken off in New York and Los Angeles. Some devotees say, while it ruins their hair for the rest of the day, the limb-burning moves in a furnace-like room put them on a natural high.

Aerial Yoga
Fitness trends for 2015 - S.W.E.A.T. Fitness StudioInstead of performing yoga sequences on the floor, traditional poses are done in a piece of a silk cloth similar to a hammock or a yoga swing which is suspended from the ceiling. Described as a fun fusion of yoga and aerial arts, aerial yoga, or anti-gravity yoga, can have plenty of benefits – the weightless poses, flips and flows help to strengthen your core, stretch tight muscles and can aid in relieving aching joints. If you find this one interesting, check out some of the studios in our area that offer it like Balance Yoga.

Body Weight Training
While, not the least bit as strange as some of the other new trends, body weight training is by far the most popular for 2015. Body weight training, which is using your own body weight as resistance to movement has knocked high-intensity interval training off the No 1 spot. Lucky for us, our instructors are already well versed in it. All those squats, burpees and lunges we do in TNT, R.I.P.P.E.D. and soon Insanity, will all be worth it.

Information for this post came from The Guardian.

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