Every few months there’s a new workout craze. Something that promises better results than ever before, often in half the time of traditional training. With busy schedules too, many workouts have been carefully designed to fit in with busy lifestyles so that people can still “have it all”. That means the career, the lifestyle, the family and look and feel great. However, with so many to choose from, it’s difficult to understand which are the best. How do you compare them all? Read on to find out about the most popular fitness workouts compared giving you scope to decide just how beneficial they really are and whether they’ll work for you.
OK, planking has been around for a while now but if you’ve never tried it, you could be missing out on a washboard stomach and strong, firm forearms not to mention great back muscle definition. So even if you’ve only got five minutes to spare every day, spend a couple of those minutes planking and you should see a difference (not immediately – as with every exercise you need to persevere to reap the benefits). This exercise works all your muscles and is a great stamina-building position. You can start on your knees first until you get stronger. The main aim is to keep a perfectly straight back and neck, holding all the weight on your forearms (or hands) and toes. Once you’re in position, raise upward and hold for as long as possible. Start with just ten to twenty seconds, increasing the timing as you get stronger.
A combination of Pilates and Yoga, both exercises have enormous benefits and they’re not too strenuous, rather they increase stamina and slowly work the body’s muscles. For PiYo, you use the strengthening elements of Pilates along with stretching from Yoga moves. This type of workout is good for those who don’t enjoy cardio workouts or for people who’ve suffered injury because both are low impact. Beginners start with simple exercises that are easy to grasp, gradually increasing the intensity and length of holding a pose or number of repetitions. Really advanced Pilates fanatics and Yogis often have slender, lithe and muscular bodies from years of training. You’ll find plenty of sportsmen and women factor in Pilates or Yoga into their exercise regimes because of the positive body and mind workout.
This training encompasses high intensity interval exercise. That means very short bursts of intense exercise with a tiny break in between. While it sounds easy, it is actually very hard and you need to really focus but the results can be extraordinary. Normally, HIIT training is a ten minute circuit but there are also 7 minute workouts too so even the busiest person can fit them into a schedule. They often involve cardio (jumping, running on the spot, jogging, high kicks etc.), sit-ups, press-ups, planking, rowing and more. Your whole body gets a good workout.
This is CrossFit and a very challenging workout. It involves a huge amount of exercises at once such as 100 push-ups, 300 squats and 100 pull-ups. All focused around two runs for cardio consisting of 1 mile each! Yes, it’s brutal, no, it’s not for beginners but if you feel your workout needs more of a challenge, try it out. It’s excellent for muscular strength, improving cardio health and for building stamina.
1 mile Run
1 mile Run
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This Japanese workout is another high intensity interval training workout which takes around 24 minutes to complete so it’s more challenging because it’s a longer session, Each exercise lasts four minutes long and while that doesn’t sound like a long time, your body works intensely so it can be challenging. Start with short 7 minute workouts to build up your strength before moving onto TABATA, there are lots of Apps available to get you going.