The survey, combined with fitness in Ireland today, points to an altogether stronger, fitter, cooler year ahead.
Body weight training and strength training
These training methods involves using your own body weight to build strength with exercises such as pushups, squats, lunges, pull ups etc. To advance training as you get stronger, you’ll be adding resistance and weights such as kettlebells with squats. TRX is also great for body weight workouts with rows to deep rows, for example, making the most of body weight for working out.
High-intensity interval training
HIIT training brings results. Worked into a training program, HIIT involves short bursts of intense exercise, such as sprints, with longer recovery periods in between. Approach with caution however as high-intensity interval training can lead to injury so ask out how to do it correctly and do as you’re told!
Take it personally
Personal training is on the up and up with good reason. It comes up with the goods and produces results. With the right trainer (ahem) you will get a workout designed precisely for you to work on your strengths, aimed at your exact goals and tailored around your schedule. What’s not to like? Ok, the price can sometimes be an issue but small group personal training is becoming increasingly popular at a fraction of the price with plenty of personal attention.
The biggest trend of them all however is wearable technology. Yep, it is predicted that fitness trackers, smart watches, heart-rate monitors and GPS tracking devices will approach €5 billion by 2016.
This makes some giddy with gadget joy while others find that their every day is already brimful of technology and training time is a welcome break from all of that and that by focusing on your training without the help of technology is as good for the mind as it is for the body.
There’s not right or wrong when it comes to this. It’s your training, your choice. Enjoy it with or without technology.
You know it when it happens. You’ve been training for a while and you start to notice how it filters into your everyday life. You pick up your shopping bags and you bend your knees. You run up the stairs and realise you’re not out of breath. You push the car when it breaks down and it reminds you of the dreaded prowler.
These are all functional activities that should be done properly and training works into every day life. You’ll be fitter, leaner and more conscious of how you move, preventing injury.
Foam rolling and stretching
Look after your body and it will look after you. No one wants to spend time laid up with injury so effective stretching and foam rolling are simple and important parts of any training plan. Try to work it into your program, don’t just add it on when you have time and help those muscles do their job and recover well.