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Which Fitness Crazes Are Worth Your Time and Money?

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There’s always some new fitness craze that’s supposed to revolutionize our workouts, but how many of them are actually helpful? Not all fitness trends are bad, and some of them can in fact be quite effective.

Below are some of the more recent trends taking over the fitness world. I’ll break down each one to help you decide if it’s worth a try for you.

Spin Class

Fitness studios like SoulCycle have made spinning a popular fitness routine, particularly among women. The classes are generally about 45 minutes long, and can burn about 450 calories per session. Spin classes mainly work the legs and glutes, but some classes involve the upper body as well.

Worth it?

This trend has stuck around for awhile, and it may be helpful to you if you want to work on your lower body and enjoy taking classes. However, some fitness experts warn that too much spinning could bulk up your thighs, so if that is a concern for you, you may want to limit the amount of classes you go to in a week.

Balance Boards

Balance boards are wooden boards with rollers or an axis on the bottom that allows it to wobble back and forth when you stand on it. The goal of balance boards, which are also called wobble boards, is improve balance and core strength.

Worth it?

If you need to work on your balance, these boards may be helpful for you–they can help to strengthen the ankles and lower legs. However, if balance isn’t an issue for you, and your focus is overall fitness, you can probably skip this fad. If you do decide to give it a try, just make sure you use it on a workout mat or thin carpet to avoid slipping and falling.

Streaming Workouts

There are several companies that stream workout classes so you can view them on your tablet or laptop. There are several different types of workouts–some allow you to pay per class, while others offer a monthly subscription.

Worth it?

These workouts can be convenient if you can’t get to the gym or can’t afford a trainer–they tend to be more affordable than workout classes offered at gyms. For some, there could be a lack of motivation to do the workout because you aren’t paying for a gym membership, but if you can’t fit your favorite classes into your schedule, streaming classes could be a good fit for you.

Body-Weight Training

Body-weight exercises use your own body for resistance to build strength. No additional equipment is required to complete the exercises, which may include basic moves like squats, pushups, lunges, and planks.

Worth it?

This is certainly the most cost-effective of all of the latest fitness trends. You don’t need any equipment and can do these exercises at home, so it doesn’t cost you a dime. If you want to really bulk up, this type of exercise might not be effective, but it’s worth a try for anyone who wants to get in better shape. If you decide it’s not for you, at least you won’t have any useless equipment sitting in the corner collecting dust when you give it up.

 

Trying new things is not necessarily bad. It can shake up your fitness routine and help prevent boredom. Just make sure to do the research before you try anything new to make sure it’s safe for you to do.