Find the Right Workout for You in the New Year
For some, the new year is a great time to work out and get into the shape they finally want, and for others, it’s a daunting time of figuring out what, exactly, they want to do with their health and fitness. All of these needs echo in how the way fitness trends are transforming. Jon Burdine with the Fort Worth Field House claims that more and more people are becoming interested in changing their image and self-esteem.
“We’re into this new fitness revolution,” he says. “It’s hard to get into what trend is right for you.”
Try one—or all—of these trends from Jon and personal trainer Kirsten Croll to find what works for you.
MANY PEOPLE, JON SAYS, ARE SEEKING OUT YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEF AND MEDITATION.
Yoga focuses on balance and composure, with deep breathing and stretching exercises. Jon says he uses yoga exercises before lifting weights. The draw comes from handling stress through breathing and calm exercise of the body and mind.
“THERE [ARE] DIFFERENT STYLES OF FITNESS SEPARATING THEMSELVES,” JON SAYS. “WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT CROSSFIT. IT’S BECOMING A LOT MORE POPULAR. IT’S ALL ABOUT ENDURANCE.”
CrossFit, created by Greg Glassman, is a regimen focused on power and core movements such as rowing, gymnastics, running and more. It focuses on the techniques of lifting in a strict, endurance-driven style.
Jon says his gym has many fitness groups who work out together. As a strength and conditioning trainer, he works with clients on squats, deadlifts and more in a group setting. He emphasizes that people pick what is most comfortable for them, and people seem to be finding a lot of comfort working out in groups of people, whether it be spin classes, weightlifting or aerobics. It provides another level of comfort to be able to track your progress with others or have partners to motivate you. THOSE WHO LIFT TOGETHER, STAY TOGETHER.
Aerobics is another exercise that can be done in groups and focuses on cardio. It includes spinning, running, dancing and even kickboxing. This exercise, like yoga, is focused on both the physical and mental and is said to reduce chances of developing depression, cardiovascular disease and other issues.
Whichever area of fitness you choose, Jon stresses that it all depends on what you’re comfortable with.
“FIND YOUR COMFORT ZONE,” HE SAYS. “FIND SOMETHING THAT MOTIVATES YOU.”