"Change is the end result of all true learning." -Leo Buscaglia
A new year brings changes we can all adapt to. January is a time where the gym is a little more crowded, but aside from that, it's business as usual. 2016, for some of us, was a year of routine. We counted reps, pushed hard, and felt the satisfaction of putting in a good workout. Inevitably, with all this focus, certain trends might have slipped under our radar. Luckily, we can give you a heads up for what can be expected in 2017.
While Flyte Fitness continues to pave the way for mechanical ball transfer gym technology, computerized gym-tech will also have a huge role to play in the coming year. It's hard to imagine computers in the gym. However, over the past few years, they have been steadily entering the exercise room. In 2017, we can be sure that trend will continue to effect the lifestyle of gym-goers - but how exactly?
According to The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the biggest exercise science and medicine organization in the world, wearable computer tech will dominate 2017. Their survey, which gathers information from fitness professionals of all types, examines new technology and how it will influence the way we train. Wearable tech includes GPS devices, heart-rate monitors, and smart watches. These devices tend to be more geared toward cardiovascular exercises. For our workout routines, monitoring progress in terms of time and exertion is important. Wearable tech lets us do just that. Now, we can measure steps, heart-rate, reps, time (that one's easy), and location via these devices. Experts in the industry are working to integrate AI too. By capturing data from your workout and comparing it to your existing health patterns a computer will, in the not so distant future, be able to suggest the right workout schedule to meet your goals.
All this change is happening so quickly. Fortunately, our gyms aren't run by super-humanoids (yet). But in the meantime, here are 4 more trending workout related topics for 2017:
Body Weight Training
In addition to computer tech, another emerging gym trend is body weight training. This type of training requires little equipment, leading to convenient and less expensive workouts. Although humans have been using this method for a while, only recently has it really started to catch on. We recommend adding instability into these workouts with Core Flyte. This works more muscle groups, adds an extra creative challenge, as well as improves balance. When creating Core Flyte, portability was also a goal of ours. We wanted to keep the convenience of body weight training, but give the results of a multi-machine gym workout.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
It can be good to speed things up from time to time. High-Intensity Interval Training uses short bursts of energy with limited recovery time. This workout style will continue to make headlines in 2017. It's tiring, but effective. HIIT has both cardio and muscular benefits, which is one of the reasons it's become so popular. In addition to that, we've also noticed people tend to be more satisfied with their workouts after HIIT sessions.
Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals
If you're interested in a fitness career, we have good news. ASCM predicts that fitness education and certification programs will continue to grow. Because the health and wellness field is becoming more complex, there is an increasing need for professionals to lend their advice. Speaking to a fitness professional (or just a fellow gym member) helps to open our eyes to new exercises and muscle groups.
Although we can all appreciate a good cardio, there's nothing like hitting the heavy weights.
Linking low-reps strength training without adding too much weight by adding instability is what we love! Instability can mean that by only adding a little more weight, the exercise can become exponentially more difficult. In the coming year, we hope to discover new strength challenging options that integrate Flyte Fitness with all types of other gym equipment.
It's thrilling to see the volume of customer videos with newly discovered Core Flyte applications! And it's great to communicate those innovative ideas back to the Flyte Community. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for daily updates! Send us your unique Core Flyte applications - you might set the next big trend in fitness!
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