Top 5 Workouts of 2014

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Are you sick of Dance Classes? Have you gone to enough yoga classes to last a lifetime? Are you tired of the same monotonous programs offered at corporate fitness facilities? If you answered yes, then you’re not alone. Recent surveys done by top fitness professional across the country released the top 5 fitness programs of 2014. None of the above programs listed made the cut.

Numbers one on the list is serious heart pounding, sweat drenching, butt kicking workout: MMAXOUT Fitness Program (think high intensity interval training with boot camp style workouts) and body weight/cross training (push up, pull ups, plank, sprawl).

MMAXOUT

MMAXOUT Fitness Program is new to the list and is topping out at number one. MMAXOUT is the perfect theme based, rotating curriculum that is driven by Mixed Martial Arts with an emphasis on muscle confusion.  It is fearsomely intense and exhilarating program. Rotating curriculum is based on a 4-week cycle and includes interval, rep out, lean and extreme weeks. Each week is designed to enhance muscle confusion. Each class combines calorie-scorching moves and fat shredding combinations resulting in outrageous results. Programs are popping up all over the country and results have been amazing.

Kettlebells

Kettlebells have changed strength training, as we typically know it. These heavy round weights are packing a punch and are likely to stick around. Kettlebell workouts combine cardio and strength training for a time saving calorie-scorching workout. Workouts are so efficient and are considered to be full body. American Council on Exercise found that the average person burns 400 calories in 20 minutes when doing kettlebell exercises.  Recent research has found that incorporating kettlebell into your regular fitness program can significantly reduce back, neck, and shoulder pain by strengthening core and upper body muscles.  It is important to note, using kettlebells incorrectly can cause muscle injury. Before starting a kettlebell program it is important to learn from a certified instructor.

Kickboxing

Kickboxing tops the list again. It has been a consistent favorite of fitness professionals and is not going away anytime soon. It combines cardio, core, flexibility and strength training into one class.  Combining martial arts techniques and heart pumping cardio, kickboxing is a high energy workout that is guaranteed to burn calories and fat. It’s an incredibly efficient workout. There’s a vast toning component to kickboxing because it forces you to engage all the muscle groups in the body. Also, engaging your core will also ultimately improve coordination, while the constant movement improves flexibility and reflexes.

Tabata

Tabata is a word that has been thrown around the gyms lately. It is a high intensity interval training program that focus on short intense workouts This type of exercises creates a prolonged after burn, or EPOC (excess post oxygen consumption). This causes the body to take longer to return to its state of rest, so it continues to burn calories at a higher rate long after the workout is completed.  A 4-minute Tabata workout provides similar benefit as a longer, steady workout like a 30 minutes on treadmill or elliptical.

Cross training

Cross training, sometimes referred to as weight training as a circuit is another popular program among fitness professionals. By design it combines multiple exercises from different disciplines resulting in a total body workout. Cross training popularity continues to rise; a typical circuit consists of 6 to 10 exercises complete one exercise after another. Each exercise is performed for a specified number of repetitions or for a set time before moving on to the next exercise. Exercises may consist of medicine ball chest pass, box jumps, clean and press, burpee, squat jumps, jogs, and/ or battle ropes.

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About Ferland Manuel

Dr, Manuel Ferland is health care specialist,