When training for long term results you need to freshen things up every once in a while. If you've fallen into a routine, chances are you've stopped challenging your body and mind, causing a lull in progress. Sound familiar? It's now time to recalibrate your workout. To give you some fresh inspiration, here are the biggest fitness trends set to dominate 2017.
Why opt for just one class, when you can do two? This is the year of the collision-style workout, combining two different but complementary types of exercise into one hour-long session. Box for 30mins to burn calories, tone muscles and relieve stress, followed by meditating for a full mind and body release. Alternatively, sweat it out in a 30-min HIIT class then do 30mins of Pilates stretches. Try Heartcore's new Ride2Tone workout of a 30-min indoor cycle spin before 30mins of mobility and toning.
What looks to be 2017's biggest trend takes its inspiration from infancy, using natural movements such as baby crawls. It will build a rock hard core, while increasing mobility, agility and flexibility. Try a crawling class with a HIIT sensibility, designed to eliminate calories and strengthen muscles.
Mastered HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)? If so, boxing will take your stamina to the next level, build muscle and endurance and burn calories. A no brainer, right? On cue, IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua opened BXR London earlier this year, a state-of-the-art, 12,000sq ft, members-only training facility, and Sweat By BXR offering three concept studios: Technique, Strength and Conditioning and Cardio. BXR's staff includes ex-champion boxers and MMA fighters. A full-size ring dominates the gym, and founding members include Mark Ronson, Eddie Hearn and André Balazs.
74–76 Chiltern Street, London W1U; bxrlondon.com
This year, it's less about vanity training and building mass. Instead, there's a much greater focus on increasing strength, functionality and honing a more powerful body. This involves lifting heavier weights with natural movement patterns, which ensures muscle balance to decrease the risk of injury. It will also blast away calories. Try Equinox's new Pure Strength class, which launched in January.
Membership £200 pcm; equinox.com
Could House of Cards' Frank Underwood be the inspiration for the boutique group-rowing trend currently making big waves in America? Think Soul Cycle but with rowing machines. At the forefront of the craze are CityRow and Row House in New York. Will the UK take a punt on it before the end of the year, encouraged perhaps by the Cambridge-Oxford Boat Race in April?