Tabata, CrossFit, TRX – so many new fitness trends, so little time. So which fitness fad is right for you?
Everyone knows when it comes to exercise, if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you’re likely to get discouraged and give up.
Not every fitness craze is for everyone. Your fitness level, body type, and general opinion of exercise makes a huge difference. Whether you like working out with a group or class where an instructor leads you, or exercising independently is your preference, it’s important to know from the onset what to expect by these new trendy options.
So here’s a breakdown of the current top three fitness workouts and their attributes so that you can make an educated choice as to which you will like the most. All three offer the ability to lose weight and tone in a minimal time expenditure, and all three will definitely gain you results if you stick with them.
Tabata is a system where you exercise in clusters of 20-seconds with high intensity activity, followed by 10-seconds of rest, then repeating for a total of eight sessions (equaling 4 minutes).
If your time is a premium or your joy of exercise is at a minimum, Tabata gives you a total body workout in under five minutes, and you can perform these moves anywhere, anytime.
- RESULTS: improved endurance to your aerobic and anaerobic systems, and lean toned muscles.
- TIME EXPENDITURE: 5-10 minutes.
- LOCATION: anywhere.
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program designed with constantly varied movements performed at high intensity. In a 50-minute session participants repeat a circuit that combines aerobic bursts with high-repetition strength training intervals delivering a total body workout.
If you enjoy exercising in a group setting, with people of all fitness levels surrounding you (and therefore pushing you), and you aren’t afraid of a good sweat, this is the choice for you.
- RESULTS: toned muscles with potential for gain in muscle size, and increased strength and endurance to your cardio-vascular systems.
- TIME EXPENDITURE: one hour
- LOCATION: CrossFit Gyms or boot camps offered by personal trainers
TRX is a system of suspended cords/cables that uses gravity and your own body weight to perform exercises which emphasize use of core strength and can be easily adjusted to the fitness level and size of the participant.
Being available at many gyms and fitness centers, TRX is great if you enjoy the one-on-one of a trainer (unless you’re experienced and you can do the exercises yourself). The challenge provided by using only your own body weight and balance is addicting if you are a challenged-motivated exerciser.
- RESULTS: lean toned muscles, and increased strength and endurance to your core and balance. (Cardio enhancement is minimal.)
- TIME EXPENDITURE: usually 30-minutes.
- LOCATION: Gyms and Fitness Centers.
In summary, while all three choices offer a variety of styles, time requirements and equipment options, they will all get you wonderfully fit. The choice is up to you as to which fit fits you.
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