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Fitness Trends: Are these 3 here to stay?

by Lauren Mandel

The ThighMaster and Shake Weight are fitness fads that have (hopefully) come and gone, but it seems like there are new trends emerging every day.  Although there’s nothing wrong with going for a good old-fashioned jog and eating a balanced diet, there are dozens and dozens of new ways to help you live your healthiest life. Let’s dive deeper into three of the biggest fitness trends happening right now. Are these trends here to stay, or will they be long gone before the year ends?   Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 2.33.21 PM

Fitness trackers

We’ve shared our love for fitness trackers before, and for good reason. These sleek and simple devices do everything from tracking your sleep pattern and daily steps to providing you with personalized tips to improve your health. There are many models to choose from, so it’s important to do your research and test out a few fitness trackers from various brands before making a permanent commitment.

Traditional alternative: Stopwatches


Waist trainers

Thanks in part to the Kardashian family, waist trainers are having a moment. These contraptions fit tightly around your waist, essentially training your body to contract and become slimmer. But do they make a lasting impression? Many – including the whole Kardashian brood – seem to think so. However, others say that if the waist trainers are too tight, they can cause discomfort and trouble breathing.

Traditional alternative: Crunches and planks


Boutique workout classes

Thanks to the booming trend of boutique workout classes, Shred has become more than just a term used to describe the act of grating cheese. Shred451, SoulCycle, The Bar Method, and Barry’s Bootcamp are just a few of the new group classes churning out impressive results. Although much of the general public and many celebrities rave about these various classes, they usually don’t come cheap: Some can cost more than $30 for just one session.

Traditional alternative: Joining a gym



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