Trend Savvy: Fitness

I’m a little late with this post, I apologize! Life has been crazy busy lately, what with church events and family visiting, but here it is: my final post for the trend series I’ve been doing!
Last but not least is the ever-so-enticing category of fitness.
I’m really only going to focus on one trend in this category, because it’s the biggest one and really all that matters. This year, the ACSM’s (American College of Sports Medicine) fitness poll revealed that the highest ranked workout trend is bodyweight training!
I have always been a huge promoter of working out on your own with minimal equipment. Yes, I do find myself at times falling into a habit of going to the gym and using the treadmill (only if I have no other choice because it’s actually the worst) or elliptical along with some free weights and a few mat exercises. But I always get in a rut this way and have to pull myself out of it by switching up my routine every once in a while.
At the end of the day, I see the most results from consistent bodyweight workouts. I love the Nike Training Club App, which has tons of these you can do on your own or with a friend. {Check out my previous post here about my favorite ways to workout that are either free or cheap!} However, I have to say that my favorite way to workout as of late is easily kickboxing! I mentioned before that I had purchased this Groupon for classes at with my roommate and cousin, so I have been going for about 6 weeks now. It is the most fun workout I have ever done; yes, it’s hard…but no pain, no gain, right?
The class starts off with a warmup consisting of all those bodyweight exercises that are so popular right now: jogging, squats, pushups, burpees, etc. (in their original form as well as multiple variations). Then it moves onto stretching and of course doing lots of fun work punching and kicking the bags! In just six short weeks (I started out going 2x/week for two weeks, but then amped it up to 3x/week after that; I just can’t stay away!), I have lost 5 lbs and dropped one jean size! I am also seeing muscles defined in my arms and abs that I haven’t before.

The best part about kickboxing is that I actually want to be there. Going to the gym to workout alone is so boring. Although sometimes it’s nice to have some solo time to workout, it is always a struggle to drag myself to a gym to workout. I don’t ever really want to go. I just force myself to. I much prefer participating in a class with a bunch of other people who also want to kick butt! Punching and kicking things is a great way to relieve stress too; it’s so fun after a long day of work (even though I do love my job!).
The days I go to class are my favorite days of the week now! And because is a fitness studio (yes, you do have to be a member to come back after your promotion is up), you often see the same people and it is motivational to see others following through with their fitness goals as well! Since the first day, the instructors and members there have become like a fitness family that keeps me on track with my own goals. I am so happy I found!

In conclusion, I will say this: unless you absolutely love working out alone, I 100% recommend finding a class to participate in! The group atmosphere is motivating and fun, and will help you stick to your fitness goals. It obviously doesn’t have to be kickboxing (although I do recommend it, and has locations all over the USA!); try spinning, dancing, crossfit, etc. There are so many options! In the words of some famous fitness brand: just do it. You won’t regret it. But most importantly, have fun!

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