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Top 5 Fitness Trends

Posted on February 1, 2011

Fitness trends come and go, but the following popular fitness routines seem to be here to stay. Below are five fitness trends that have caught

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on with athletes, trainers, and the sports medicine community.

1. Fitness Bootcamp Workouts Fitness bootcamps have become the new fitness fad. They mix traditional calisthenic and body weight exercises with interval training and strength training. They get results fast, are low cost, and will be needing trainers to keep up with popularity. 2. Foam Roller Exercises for Easing Tight Muscles For athletes who train hard and don't take time to rest and recover, the foam roller offers many of the same benefits as a sports massage. It can be used for myofascial release, to break up trigger points, and soothe tight fascia while increasing blood flow and circulation to the soft tissues. 3. Kettlebell Workouts These are beginning to catch on in North America because kettlebell training gets back to basics and develops functional, whole body fitness. Lifting and controlling a kettlebell forces the entire body, and specifically the core, to contract as a group, building both strength and stability at the same time. 4. Prehab Injury Prevention Programs Injury prevention programs are beginning to gain traction with professional and college athletes and is starting to move into mainstream fitness programs. These workout programs aim to address total body conditioning, balance, and to predict sports-specific physical needs. 5. Sports Psychology Training The mind is as much a part of excelling in sports as the body. Many elite athletes have used sports psychology techniques for years to get a mental edge over the competition and improve their focus. Now those techniques are being adopted by recreational athletes seeking to use their minds to reach their fitness goals. Do these fitness trends motivate you to go more in-depth and study them closer? Consider taking a look into Fremont College’s associate’s degree in sports and rehabilitation therapy.