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What Is the Newest Workout Routine?

What is the newest workout routine? Being a personal trainer, I always try to keep up on the latest workout routines that are available. I’ve been working out since, well, I don’t want to give away my age, but, let’s just say that I’m very familiar with retro step class! I’ll go over some of my favorite new workout routines!

Sometimes, workout exercises can be just the latest workout craze. It may last for a little while, or it may just completely catch on! Being into martial arts, I had trained with a very popular cardio kickboxing guy in California. That craze caught on, and it’s sort of stuck! Step class was really popular in the 1980’s, and now, they have transformed that step class to make it new and exciting. However, you will see the term ‘retro step’ in some gyms. This refers to the step aerobic classes they used to teach in the 1980’s.

Two years ago, I went to one of the big fitness conventions. You can walk around and see all the latest workout routines, as well as new fitness products. I saw these big body building type guys all doing a workout routine in synch on little miniature trampoline’s. It looked fun, but, that workout craze never really caught on.

Some popular workout craze’s that have started to catch on this year have been hula hooping, hip hop, power yoga, boxing, and even hula dancing. But, others that have become super popular are in the video game arena. The workout Wii has been reported by lot’s of people to not only work, but, they have said that it is really fun! I haven’t personally tried all the different workouts that Wii offers, but, being that I love boxing, I tried that out, and it was actually a lot of fun.

TRX training is the newest workout routine that people really like, which is suspension training. It is used a s a system by itself, and sometimes it is incorporated into some bootcamp style workout routines.

Crossfit has also gotten really popular, but, I feel it’s not for everyone. Crossfit incorporates lot’s of different exercises, which can really be a lot of fun. It even includes some gymnastics type movements such as hand stands and L-sits. It’s a heck of a workout! It is used by many of the police and firemen, and it can be really intense!

I’m excited to see what new trend 2011 brings about for the latest in workout routines!

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3 Exercise Workout Tips

Working out is an important part of many people’s day. People work out for many different reasons – to get in shape, to stay in shape, to train for a sport or just to stay physically active and healthy. No matter what the purpose of your work out, there are numerous things you must understand in order to get the most out of your workout.

(1) Don’t be a “workoutaholic”. Results take time to appear, and it is not good to throw yourself in head first into a work out routine because this can often lead to injury and exhaustion. When first starting out, keep in mind that more is not always better if you are not giving your body enough time to recover

(2) Keep a consistent eating schedule. The best times to eat are when you wake up and after you train. You need fuel in your body in order to complete a successful workout, and skipping breakfast will lead to exhaustion during the work out. Fatigue throughout the workout can often lead to exercises being performed incorrectly, and injuries occurring.

(3) Stretch before you train. Some people have a tendency to jump right in to their exercises, but it is very important to remember that stretching is an integral part to any work out routine. It ensures the muscles are ready and capable to perform the desired actions.

By keeping these tips in mind you are ensuring that you will get the most out of your workout by giving your body time to warm up and recover. If you find working out difficult and tiresome and are looking for a simple and very powerful way to workout your entire core so you will see results – there is a way.

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Muscle Building Home Workouts

With work, family obligations and an odd night-out everyday, it’s probably hard for you to find time to get to the gym on regular basis. That’s why it’s always a great idea to have a back-up workout option that you can do with minimal equipment. In the following workout, the only piece of equipment you need is a chair and half an hour of free time. For each exercise, perform 2 sets of 12 to 15 repetitions (reps).

Home Workouts!

1) The Plank: Place both feet on the seat of the chair and form a ‘table’ with your body by placing your elbows on the floor in front of the chair (you may wish to put down a towel if you are on a hard floor). Make sure your back isn’t arched and that your whole body forms a straight line. Keep your core muscles tight and hold this position for up to one minute.

Benefits: This total body exercise will work your core muscles as well as your upper body.

2) Pushups: Get into same position as for the plank, but instead as of balancing on your elbows, place your hands on the floor shoulder-width apart. Then, begin to perform a pushup, keeping your feet on the chair. Be sure not to let your back arch while performing this exercise.

Benefits: Your chest muscles will be targeted.

3) One-Legged Squats: Stand a few feet in front of the chair, facing away from it. Place one leg behind you on the seat of the chair and find your balance. Slowly lower your hips as far as you can go, using the muscles in your standing leg. Once at the bottom, carefully rise up again to complete one rep.

Benefits: This is another great action for targeting your gluteus maximus muscle, as well as your hamstrings and quadriceps. Due to nature of this exercise, you will also work on your balance.

Random Tip:Maintain the starting stance and bring both forearms half way up, keeping them parallel to the floor. The fists should be pointed upwards. Just curl the fist up and down several times in a controlled move of the small wrist joint. Make sure to keep the wrist in line with the forearm.

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4) Triceps Dips: Sit on the chair with your arms at your sides and your palms resting on the edge of the seat. Next, walk your body out from the chair so you are only holding on by your palms. Slowly move your body down, using your triceps to lower yourself and rise up again.

Benefits: You will feel a good burn in the back of your arms (triceps). For an added challenge, you can also put your feet on the seat of another chair or on an exercise ball.

5) Front Raises: Stand up and hold onto the two front legs of the chair with a sturdy grasp. Slowly raise the chair straight out in front of you, from below the waist to your shoulder level and back down again. When you hold the chair right up, hold the position for 15 seconds.

Benefits: This exercise will help you target your frontal deltoids as well as your biceps. It is a form of strength training.

No Excuses: So, when you are pressed for time next, don’t just give up on your workout. With some imagination, you can create your own workout at home using common household objects that will stimulate your body in new ways, thus preventing you from reaching a plateau.

Even if time isn’t a factor and you could have made it to the gym, it’s never a bad idea to take a few sessions away, both to give you a psychological break, as well as to give your body some time away from the customary movements.

Ensure you are using proper form to avoid injuries. Take a day off in between each workout so you don’t risk overtraining.

Random Tip: Take a high protein diet during your workout days. Give adequate rest to your body also. For more on protein rich food, click here

Must Read: Kick start your Home Gym with right equipment and exercise at http://www.weightloss-health.com/home%20gym%20exercise%20equipment.htm

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