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Fitness Trends 2017: The Six Workouts You'll Be Obsessing Over This Year, From Crawling To Boxing

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It’s hard to put your finger on what’s going to be big in the fitness world at the beginning of the year, but we think we’ve got a pretty good idea.

While 2016 was dominated by HIIT classes, wearable tech and an increase of workouts focusing on strength training, this year offers a whole lot more to get your heart racing.

We’ve compiled a list of the trends that’ll be storming ahead in 2017. Think playground fun, a fusion of workout classes and finding out the ‘why and how’ with informed fitness

If you needed a bit of inspiration to get you going, this is definitely it. 

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1. Back To Basics

The trend for workouts to be more fun and childlike is coming to a head, including imitating babies in the phenomenon that is “crawling”.

Kris Roberts, trainer at ONE LDN said crawling “helps those stiff joints by helping to improve your fitness, strength and the all-important posture.”

“Crawling engages more deep core muscles that help flatten your stomach, strengthen your lower back and improve flexibility in your hips,” she said. 

If crawling isn’t your bag, workout for free with water fights and high five by heading to Project Awesome, a community fitness drive offering free classes at 6.30am that inject a bit of fun.

Old-school favourites like tag, British Bulldog and frisbee (that will have you sweating like no tomorrow) are run by Rabble, a fitness regime with a ‘play hard’ approach.

2. Combination Classes

Classes are no longer a one trick pony, with workouts being combined giving you a hybrid fitness experience. 

HIIT Yoga gives people the combined benefits of an intense workout for your body and your mind in one hour. 

“Switching between HIIT and yoga fires up your metabolism, allowing you to burn more fat during this special workout,” the trainers said.

Yoga can be fused with pretty much any workout, including spinning - where you’ll spend half an hour busting your gut on the bike before spending the last 30 minutes as a calm yogi. Heartcore’s Ride2Tone promises to “leave you feeling stronger, connected and empowered both inside and out”. 

Paola’s BodyBarre runs Boxerina - a mix between ballet and boxing, that focuses on the coordination and agility of ballet and the endurance, strength and power of boxing. 

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3. Express Workouts

If you can’t get yourself out of bed at 6am to workout and don’t have time after work, you’re in luck. 2017 looks like it’ll be seeing a growth in express workouts - the shorter, yet just as powerful classes you can do on your lunch break and be back to work in time to finish the day refreshed.

One of Frame’s newest 30-minute lunchtime classes is Frame Lift, that uses weighted barbells to build strength and burn fat. It’s a full body workout with classes starting between 12.30-1.30pm on weekdays. There’s no excuses really.

Barrecore runs a Signature Express Class for 45 minutes that’ll give you the same workout intensity and muscle burn-out as a longer session, but with quicker transitions between sets and less time spent on stretching. 

4. Smart Fitness

Fitness fanatics are now setting their workout goals by learning more about the “why and the how” behind classes. Being more informed about your workout is only going to play to your advantage in the long run.

Heart rate interval training (a.k.a ‘OrangeTheory’) is designed to help you maintain a target zone in your workouts that “stimulates your metabolism and increases energy”. It’s pretty simple: You wear a heart rate tracker and monitor your heart rate on a screen, aiming to stay in the “orange” (optimum) zone.  

Fancy taking it one step further? David Lloyd runs DNA Fit tests to find out why people may be struggling to tone a certain area, or lose weight from another. It’s as strange as doing a quick saliva swab to find out if learning more about your genes could improve your training schedule.  

If you’re a runner, use this smart fitness trend to inform yourself about gait analysis and find out the way your body moves as you run. The analysis will help you find shoes that support you, as well as effective ways of running and stretching that will avoid injury. 

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5. Rough And Ready Boxing

See ya later boxfit and boxercise classes, boxing clubs are having a revival (and not just for men). People are no longer just heading to boxing classes in gyms, but checking out specialised clubs to learn the techniques in the ring. 

BXR, London’s first boutique, boxing-themed gym, launches in January 2017 and hopes to bring boxing back to its core with professional athletes teaching the classes. 

We’re under no illusion that this has something to do with Nicola Adams, the 33-year-old who made history as the first woman to ever win an Olympic gold medal in boxing, then went on to win her second gold at Rio 2016. What a rockstar. 

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6. Extreme Fitness

Are you entering in the New Year with an urge to push yourself and reinvigorate your workouts? Take advantage of your current mindset and by going to the extreme.

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