6 Fall Fitness Trends to Embrace This Autumn
It’s that time of year when the mornings are starting to feel a little chillier and the evenings are definitely shorter and darker. It’s no surprise that the enthusiasm we had for working out in the summer is starting to wear off.
However, there are a new hoard of classes and approaches to help reboot your fall fitness motivation this autumn…
The intense barre class
Blending Pilates, dance and interval training, Fitness First’s new class is a step away from the traditional concept of barre. Expect push-ups, planks and stomach crunches, as well as weights and exercise bands. By the time the 60-minute session is over, every single muscle will be shaking and you will feel the burn.
To find out more about SoulBody Barre, visit Fitnessfirst.co.uk
The water workout
If you’re bored of working out on a treadmill, why not take a dip in the pool with Virgin Active’s new swimming-based fitness class. The 60-minute session will improve your technique, give you a full body workout and increase your stamina. You can expect to be pushed to the max, and it’s worth noting that the minimum requirement for the class is that you can swim at least 100m’s front crawl.
Hydro class is available in all of the Virgin Active clubs with a pool. To find out more, visit Virginactive.com
The fitness-boosting stress-reliever
Boxing is having a moment right now. Kobox, a boutique studio in west London has been so popular that it’s opening a second, bigger branch in east London later this year. The new generation of boxing classes blend strength and cardio training to give you a well-rounded workout and leave you feeling sweaty yet sculpted. It’s not just a London-centric trend either, local gyms across the country are incorporating boxing classes into their schedules.
The new approach to yoga
Yoga is a big fitness trend for 2016 and the London-based fitness club GymBox is taking it one step further with its Fully Loaded Yoga class. Using wrist and ankle straps, the Vinyasa flow class sticks to the principle of yoga with smooth stretches and deep breathing, but also gives you a more intense strengthening workout.
To find out more about GymBox’s Fully Loaded Yoga, visit Gymbox.com
The flexi gym membership
For those who are fed up with being tied into lengthy gym memberships, you need Class Pass in your life. The scheme incorporates lots of classes from various gyms and boutique fitness clubs to offer you’re a huge selection month by month, including Pilates, Power Plates, barre, weight-training and TRX. While £110 per month gives you unlimited classes, it’s worth looking into the various offers Class Pass runs throughout the year too.
For more information, visit Classpass.com
The gadget motivator
The Apple watch might have launched a couple of years ago, but the latest updates could be the perfect motivation you need this autumn. Not only can you track you activity and share it with your friends or personal trainer, but also prompts to you move if you’ve been stationary for too long and tweaks your overall routine. “The updates on the alarm clock coach you into going to bed and waking up at the same time, which is great as the steady routine will improve your quality of sleep and boost your energy levels,” says the personal trainer and founder of Freedom 2 Train, Steve Mellor.