Workout Trends for 2011

By Rob Williams – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - If your New Year's resolution was to get fit and lose weight, you may find it hard to stay motivated. Here are some new fitness trends which may re-energize your fitness goals.

When it comes to working out variety is the key. Kangoo Jumps is one way to shake up your workouts.  It's low impact and has you jumping and bouncing in boots with springs underneath.

The creator claims the workout is easy on your joints and reduces impact on the ground by 80 percent.  There aren't any Kangoo Jumps classes around here but you can buy the boots for $250.00.

Zumba is another new exercise trend.  It is a Latin inspired dance aerobics class.  It is probably one of the hottest things to hit the gym since Jazzercise.   Revolution Fitness owner Mary-Beth Knight says, "If you like to dance, if you like to move, it is awesome.  It has also made people more regular in their exercise because it is so much fun."

If you're looking for something more intense, you should try the four minute workout.  It was created by Dr. Izumi Tabata to train Japan's Olympic speed skating team.  It is ultra intense work for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest.

Eight rounds lasting four minutes. However, those who have tried it say it is four minutes of pain.  "The first few rounds, you're feeling pretty good," says trainer Brian Calkins. "By the 8th round you are done.  It took me ten minutes to recover."

If you don't have a lot of time the creator of the Power of 10 workouts says to slow it way down.  My trainer Mark Peace of Five Seasons says lifting weight very slowly will maximize muscle fatigue.  It also eliminates momentum and forces the muscle to do all the work.  "It is 10 counts up and 10 counts down, instead of the more common 2 counts up and 4 counts down," says Mark.

"I think it is definitely good for beginners starting out, someone who has the least amount of time.  They have a very busy lifestyle.  Everyone can fit in 20 to 25 minutes a week."

In doing some research, another workout was discovered. The Karve Workout, which has been coined the workout of the stars.

Women, who want the long, lean look instead of getting bulky, have turned to this workout, which is also big in L.A.

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