Let's Get Physical
7 Hot New Fitness Crazes
By Abby Gardner
It's that time of year again ... the temperatures are warm, the bathing suit just doesn't look quite as good as you'd like it to, and that winter weight simply isn't going to disappear on its own. But working out doesn't need to be tedious. Here are some of the hottest new crazes to keep it interesting.
You may have heard of Tracy Anderson from her ultra-famous clients like Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna. But you don't have to be rich and famous (or located near one of her studios in Los Angeles or New York) to access her workouts. Her newest DVD series has recently been released, and we have friends who've deemed it "life- and butt-changing." Tracy's philosophy combines both her dance and Pilates backgrounds into a workout that is focused on small muscle groups to help give you a fit, dancer-like body.
Created by Colombian trainer Beto Perez, this Latin music-infused dance cardio (complete with interval training: speeding up and slowing down your rhythm) has been in the US for years. But, lately, it's the craze sweeping the nation. You can now find classes in almost every state. Or you can buy a DVD and try it at home. We love any workout concept that's designed to feel more like a party, and we welcome music that's not a pumping techno beat.
This very specific hatha yoga practice (developed by Bikram Choudhury) could once only be found in larger cities, where it built a cult-like following. But now it's more widespread than ever. Though the 90-minute class is not for the faint of heart! The 26-posture series (designed to work on all parts of the body, both internal and external) is completed in a room heated to over 100 degrees. Bikram believes that to change the body, you must soften it — hence the heat. So yes, bring your water bottle and prepare to sweat.
Patricia Moreno mixes positive thinking, such as chants and affirmations, into her cardio workout — focusing on both the mind and the body. Sati is all about getting fit and attracting the things you want into your life. It's kind of like The Secret of fitness routines.
One of the most popular new classes at Equinox, the gym that's always ahead of the curve, also has roots in dance. (We're sensing a trend here.) It's a total body workout that is supposed to slim your hips, tighten your thighs and your rear, and get your metabolism going. The class uses ballet movements, isometrics, changes in rhythm, range of motion and works on your core strength.
Jukari (which comes from a Sicilian word meaning "to play") was created by Reebok and Cirque du Soleil. Their "Fit To Fly" workout brings in aspects of all the cool trapeze work that we "ooh" and "aah" over at Cirque shows. It's not as widespread as some of these other options just yet, but any workout this fun is sure to catch on.
You don't even have to leave the house to be part of this craze. While we usually suggest spending more time outdoors, we can't fight the convenience of these surprisingly great workouts. Tops on our list are Biggest Loser's Jillian Michaels' new "Fitness Ultimatum 2010" and Jenny McCarthy's "Your Shape."
Tracy and her two most famous devotees leave a workout together.PacificCoastNews