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Hottest fitness trends for 2012

Fitness: Personal trainers, weight training and reactive exercise are in

Posted: February 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Rachel Cosgrove, left, guides Carolyn Fuess through a single arm overhead press exercise. Strength training is among the hottest fitness trends in 2012 for women.

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Tae Boe, Spinning, Zumba — every year there are new trends in fitness.

Some last longer than others. Some are more effective than others, making them more than a “trend.”

That’s my job, to sift through the latest and greatest and deliver to you the top three that are more than just “trends” and are a new development in fitness worth checking out.


Reactive exercise

The latest research in fitness and exercise shows that power production and the ability to be reactive are the first qualities we lose as we age.

The good news is that, if included as part of your exercise program, you can develop power, elasticity and reactivity.

You may have seen some of the tools that work great for developing power on trendy TV shows, such as “The Biggest Loser,” or in the movies, which make them seem like fads or trends, but they are more than that.

Tools such as kettlebells, ropes and medicine balls have proven to be useful to generate power, reversing the aging process. Work up to explosive exercises, such as box-jumps.

Power exercises using all of these tools are hot right now but are also more than just a trend.

Start to incorporate power development into your fitness routine.


Strength training

Women are taking over the strength-training floor. For so long, women stuck to the cardio machines and aerobics classes when it came to their fitness program.

However, the latest, hottest trend is women taking over the strength-training floor.

I’m not talking about pink, 2-pound Barbie weights, but real weights.

Women are realizing the benefits of lifting weights far outweigh any other type of exercise they can do.

No longer afraid of bulking up, women are going after the fit, toned look they always wanted while gaining the benefits of strength, decreasing their risk of osteoporosis, boosting their metabolism, reversing aging and reducing their risk of injuries.

Most strength-training floors are starting to get infiltrated with women, pushing the men aside to lift weights.


Personal trainers

Access to a personal trainer started as an elite service that only celebrities had access to, but that’s changed.

This has changed dramatically in the last few years with the rise of group fitness coaching, instead of the outdated, one-on-one personal training model done in the past.

Fitness trainers coaching individuals in semi-private sessions and groups has been shown to be more effective for results and makes fitness coaching accessible to a larger audience.

Plus, who wants someone standing there, staring at just you, for the entire hour while you are exercising?

It isn’t necessary, and programs can still be designed individually for each client.

Each client can get all of the benefits of one-on-one personal training without the elite price tag.

In addition, research has shown that having social support is one of the keys to long-term success on a weight loss or fitness program.

One-on-one personal training is a thing of the past and the newest, latest, hottest trend of semi-private and group fitness coaching is here to stay.

To get caught up with these trends find a gym to join where you can participate in group or semi-private fitness coaching with a knowledgeable trainer who incorporates power development and strength training as part of the program.

Rachel Cosgrove is author of “The Female Body Breakthrough” and co-owner of Results Fitness, 24420 Walnut St., Newhall, (661)799-7900 or visit The views and opinions expressed are those of Cosgrove and do not necessarily represent the views of The Signal. 


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