We're fairly certain you've attended a SoulCycle class or other form of group Spin at some point within the past few years (or at least contemplated it before ultimately deciding to go to brunch instead…)—especially if you live in NYC or L.A. The loud music, dimly lit room, and motivational pep talk voiced over your instructor's headset couple together for an endorphin-boosting experience punctuated by the internal desire to compete with the person to your left and right (hey—no harm, no foul).
But as much as SoulCycle has become an epidemic (which anyone who's ever tried to reserve a bike and failed can attest to), there's a new trend top fitness gurus think will take its place in 2017. Below, find their prediction plus a few other bike-replacing workouts you need to check out in the New Year.
Jacqueline Kasen, body architect at Anatomy at 1220, says dance-based workouts are making waves again in 2017: "This year, I think the workout concept that will really hit big is DanceBody. After a year that was stressful for so many, getting in shape needs to be fun. As a former dancer, I can definitely say it's a great way to get into shape without being aware you're even working out. We have even implemented some DanceBody classes here at Anatomy at 1220, and they’re doing great!"
Alberto Perlman, CEO of Zumba, says that his company's new take on the OG dance class will incorporate more HIIT, which we reported last month is the type of workout that will give you the fastest results. Thus, it's gaining a lot more traction, especially from Zumba skeptics.
Says Perlman, "When music is at the forefront of your workout, like it is in Strong by Zumba, it pushes you past your limits and makes you do more squats and burpees than if music was an afterthought. We have completely applied this theory to Strong by Zumba, creating a music-led program where the music is reverse engineered and designed around the moves for the ultimate fitness experience."
Frida Harju, in-house nutritionist at health app Lifesum, also agrees with the dance fitness theme. "Barre classes have achieved great popularity in the last few years, becoming one of the fastest growing fitness trends in the industry. Barre workouts are expected to dominate in 2017, with new forms of barre workouts emerging. One example, which is set to become big in the next year, is Xtend Barre. The Xtend Barre workout continues the body-toning effects of the standard barre workout but incorporates them into a more adrenaline dance-fueled focus."
Boxing and barre fusion classes are also set to become more widespread this year, according to Harju. "This year is set to be the year of the 'return to basics' when it comes to fitness, and a trend that is set to become popular in light of this is boxing. Boxing has already begun having a revival, and new forms of boxing such as the Boxerina workout, which combines fast boxing movements to get your heart rate up with barre movements to help strengthen and improve flexibility."
Google Floatfit and you'll be amazed at the videos and images of women and men balancing on boards floating in water while doing fitness moves (talk about concentration!). Says Harju, "HIIT has achieved great popularity in recent years, so much that we can expect to see the new craze to be 'Floatfit.' It's essentially the same principles as HIIT, but instead, the class is conducted on water. By taking part in the class whilst balancing on an inflatable board, your muscles have to work harder to maintain balance, thus maximizing the effects of the exercises."
Which exercise craze are you going to give a try? Tell us below!