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5 Must-watch Fitness Trends For The Summer

Fitness has finally begun to mirror Society 2.0, and like a culture bent on distilling all information to 140 characters or less, its more mobile, fast-paced, and celebrity obsessed than ever. Were living in a decidedly post-bootcamp world, where intensity is king and rivalries between spin classes put March Madness beef to shame. Its a lot to process for even the most die-hard gym rats, but below are five of the hottest trends to follow this season and how theyre changing the way we work out forever. [1]

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 13: French CrossFit ath...

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 13: French CrossFit athletes help to launch Reebok’s The Sport Of Fitness campaign on March 12, 2012 in Paris, France. The three-time Olympic medallist attended a public CrossFit workout, a revolutionary strength and conditioning programme, at the iconic Pompidou Centre. For more information visit www.reebok.com/fitness. (Image credit: Getty Images for Reebok via @daylife)

The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games[2]. For all those who still label CrossFit a passing fitness fad, weve got bad news: Its here to stay, and in a big way. This years CrossFit Open[3] an early qualifying stage for the Games attracted nearly 140,000 participants worldwide. Top athletes from the Open will compete in their respective regions in late May, and the best of the best will then advance to the Games, held from July 22nd to the 28th at Los Angeles Home Depot[4] Home Depot[5] Center. Tune in on ESPN2 to see two-time champs Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir defend their titles and compete for the $250,000 grand prizes  in a grueling series of workouts designed to test skill, strength, endurance, and mental fortitude.

The Battle for Indoor Cycling Supremacy. Those in New York City might know of indoor cycling chains SoulCycle[6] and Flywheel[7], but the whole world is about to get a little more familiar with spinning. SoulCycle was founded in 2006, and the Equinox-owned company is undergoing a massive expansion to add to its 15 locations on both coasts. But Flywheel  founded in 2009 by a former SoulCycle partner is also growing fast and already boasts 23 locations in the U.S. and Dubai. The two companies and their dedicated followers are locked in a sweaty, pedal-pumping race to the top[8], and no matter the weather, this summer will see them battling over new converts who prefer to get their fix indoors.

Brick Goes Bi-Coastal. Already one of the West Coasts hottest gyms, Brick CrossFit[9] is coming to NYC. The Chelsea location[10] is slated to open mid to late summer and is the companys first expansion outside of West Hollywood. With celebrity clients including Bob Harper and The New Girl actor Max Greenfield[11], Brick brings a bit of showbiz flare to functional fitness. Whether that attitude translates into a CrossFit-obsessed New York market is one of the Northeast fitness communitys biggest questions for the summer.

Obstacle Races Become the New Marathon. Chances are youve either run an obstacle race, know someone whos run an obstacle race, or know someone whos trying their hardest to recruit you for an obstacle race. The meteoric rise of companies like Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Warrior Dash has added some new twists to distance running, and more people are ditching the marathon in favor of races that include climbing walls, electrified barbed wire, and lots and lots of mud. Big-name fitness companies are making moves to gain entry into the budding sport, and Reebok and Spartan Race[12] led the way by signing a title sponsorship in January.

America (Finally) Embraces Bike Sharing. This ones a win for our health and the environment. A longtime mainstay of European plazas, bike share programs have been slower to catch on stateside. The first U.S. program opened in 2008 and allowed prospective peddlers to rent and drop off bikes at stations in cities like Atlanta and Denver. Now the bike sharing stations have finally come to NYC[13], and sunny weather could mean more people choosing bikes over a tourist-laden subway system. Happy riding!

David Tao is the Chief Research Officer at Greatist[14], the webs most trusted health and fitness resource. Get health and fitness tips at Greatist[15] and follow the author @d_tao[16]. 

References

  1. ^ intensity is king (www.forbes.com)
  2. ^ Games (www.forbes.com)
  3. ^ CrossFit Open (games.crossfit.com)
  4. ^ Home Depot (www.forbes.com)
  5. ^ Home Depot (www.forbes.com)
  6. ^ SoulCycle (www.soul-cycle.com)
  7. ^ Flywheel (www.flywheelsports.com)
  8. ^ race to the top (www.slate.com)
  9. ^ Brick CrossFit (brickcrossfit.com)
  10. ^ Chelsea location (commercialobserver.com)
  11. ^ Max Greenfield (games.crossfit.com)
  12. ^ Reebok and Spartan Race (shop.reebok.com)
  13. ^ bike sharing stations have finally come to NYC (greatist.com)
  14. ^ Greatist (greatist.com)
  15. ^ Get health and fitness tips at Greatist (greatist.com)
  16. ^ @d_tao (twitter.com)

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    • Gem
    • May 6, 2013
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    Does Anyone Know Any Fitness Tips That Work? Short fitness tips that really work would be very helpful, thanks.

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      • HealthNut
      • May 6, 2013
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      To stay fit or become?

      Becoming fit requires motivation and determination. Eating healthy and regular exercise.
      Try avoiding fast food places at all times; don’t skip breakfast (most essential meal of the day).
      Hope this link will help you:
      http://www.besthealthmag.ca/get-healthy/fitness/9-surprising-fitness-tips

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    Any Fitness Tips For People With Asthma? Just need some fitness tips to help with my asthma. I want to be able to run for a longer period and have an overall better fitness level. I start losing my breath after about 1 minute of running. Any ideas and tips would be very much appreciated : )

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      • HealthNut
      • May 6, 2013
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      First, you have to choose a certain kind of exercise that they really can handle well. Some exercise that might be great choice for asthma sufferers are walking, swimming, riding a bike, as well as hiking. These kinds of exercise needs less physical move than tennis, hockey, gymnastics, long distance running, and many other else. You could also consult their doctors to choose the most appropriate type of exercise for you.

      Second, you can take advantage of your inhaler. You can use your inhaler about 15 minutes before you start to exercise. Besides, makes sure that your inhaler is always close enough to you. You will never know when the attack might hit you. Therefore, providing inhaler as first aid near you is very important.

      Third, breathing through your nose during the exercise is also important. Mouth breathing tends to trigger asthma attack since it causes you to inhale cold air right into the bronchial tube. In contrary, the air that you heal will be filtered well when you are breathing through your nose. Besides, nose breathing also allows the air to be warmer before reaching the lungs.

      The fourth thing you need to do is looking for a certain area that free from pollutions and allergens. However you should also avoid area with too many trees or grass. Then, you should also be aware of the symptoms of asthma that occur during the exercise. If you feel very tired and your chest begins to be tightening, you should be notice that those are the initial symptoms of asthma. Usually, those symptoms will be followed by wheezing. Stop doing any physical activity when these symptoms occur.

      By following those tips, asthma sufferers could still have exercise with less risk of asthma attack. Do not let asthma attack prevent you to have regular exercise activity.

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    How Can I Increase My Metabolic Rate? Which exercise/fitness tips can you give me to increase my metabolic rate? Also if you can explain the science behind it, I would appreciate it.

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      • HealthNut
      • May 6, 2013
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      -Eat breakfast. You metabolism is slow in the morning becasue you have been fasting all night. Eating breakfast revs it up.
      -Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day. Same principal, when you go to long without eating your metabolism slows. Eat something at least every 3 hours.
      -Build muscle through resistance training. The more muscle you have the higher your metabolic rate because muscle is active tissue and burns calories even at rest.
      -Drink lots and lots of water. Being sufficiently hydrated makes you body carry out its metabolic processes more effiecintly.

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    • Em
    • May 6, 2013
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    What Are The Best And Fastest Ways To Loose Weight? I hate swallowing pills and would like to do my best to not take pills to loose weight. I would like to know some diet tips and fitness tips. I currently do about 8 hours a week of fitness. I do competitive cheerleading, exercise during gym and walk home from school every day. Additionally, I go running for about an hour every saturday. However, i am not loosing weight! Please help!!
    I also do not eat fast food such as hamburgers, fried foods, etc

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      • HealthNut
      • May 6, 2013
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      Alter your diet, eat healthy – restrict the amount of burgers / fast food you eat.

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