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2011 Predictions

Wow. 2011. Really???

I have been studying a lot of my colleagues in the fitness industry over the past few weeks. We’re all big nerds and in our free time we like to make predictions on the “next big thing” or the “next big flop”. I wanted to share some of our predictions with you. I hope you’ll read carefully and decide what your best means of fitness will be this year.

1. Boot Camps:
Boot Camps and intense group training have been growing in popularity over the past few years. But they are really well established now as an amazing way to get in the best shape of your life. If you live in Seattle, you can’t drive past a park at 6am without seeing at least one Boot Camp running. Sync Fitness offers one of the few INDOOR Boot Camps in Seattle. Thank God I don’t have to train in the rain all year long. You’ve heard me say it before, but Boot Camps give you amazing bang for your buck. For that reason I really think they are around to stay. Here’s a post I did awhile back about the advantages of Boot Camp over many other workouts.

2. Personal Training:
Personal Training used to be seen as a luxury item. I’m not gonna lie – it still is in many ways. It is so unfortunate that this has to be an out-of-pocket expense. I hope to see the day that insurance companies reimburse for this service. The reason I think it needs to be covered by medical plans is that most people don’t know how to exercise. It sounds silly, but it’s true. Many people do themselves a great deal of harm at the gym. Then a ton more people go to the gym and don’t get any results. People truly need the expertise of fitness professionals to help them lose weight and become more healthy. I’m not just talking vanity 6 pack abs here, I’m talking lose weight to prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease. These things are a matter of life or death. If it’s a matter of life or death, it’s really not a luxury item…

My 1:1 training schedule is pretty much full at this time. But if you are looking for a personal trainer let me know and I can match you up with one of my awesome colleagues. Alternatively, I can put you on a waiting list to see me.

3. HIIT Training:
Long gone are the days of slow and steady cardio. If you are still killing yourself on the elliptical 60 minutes per session, please contact me. You do not need to suffer through mindless, boring, dreadful cardio. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is the newest wave of cardio and it is a million times more fun than slow, steady cardio and it actually gets you better results. I use HIIT workouts all the time in Boot Camp. My Boot Campers love me for it (as they fling sweat and spit all over the room!) I also do HIIT workouts on my own regularly. Here is a treadmill session I did posted earlier this year. This post also gives you more info on why HIIT kicks serious butt!

4. Detoxing:
There are a million ways to detox and some of them are off-the-wall crazy. That said, there is such a big movement to rid ourselves of toxins. Between the scary non-food in our food and the looming environmental toxins in the air we breathe each day, detoxing can be a really good thing. But, please never do this alone. There is a lot of Hollywood hype about detoxing. There are some *crazy* detoxing methods out there that can actually do more harm than good. I work closely with an amazing nutritionist, Mary Purdy, who offer seasonal detoxes. Mary does a fabulous job of guiding your through a safe, gentle and very effective detox. Contact her if you are interested in this awesome and cleansing experience.

5. Transformation Programs:
These little programs, like my 6 Week Total Body Transformation, are taking off all over the country. Never before have nutrition/exercise/support groups collided like this. This is the most powerful way to lose weight and make lifestyle changes. Until now all these components have been separate. So people would join the gym OR join Weight Watchers OR join a support group to lose weight. But now you can get all these services together as a package for a set period of time (4-12 weeks, depending on the program.) This is huge. These comprehensive programs are giving people amazing results and changing the way we see diet and exercise. It’s all about lifestyle and finally there a package that helps you establish a new and better lifestyle. I think these programs will be explosive in the coming years.

6. Home Workout Programs:
Home DVD programs have made a big impression in the marketplace over the last year or two. I think they are going to continue to be a staple in the fitness industry. There has been a lot of growth in this field since the days of Jane Fonda (who is making a huge comeback with my friends, the Tone It Up girls, BTW). Along these lines are programs like P90X and Insanity. I did both of these programs in 2010 and I have to say, these are not your mom’s 1986 workouts. No leg warmers here. These are hard core, gut wrenching, buckets-o-sweat producing workouts. They ROCK! I have a couple of friends who are Beachbody coaches (Beachbody is the company who produces P90X, Insanity and a bunch of other workout DVD series.) They can hook you up with these programs if you’re interested in checking them out.

7. Lifting Heavy:
Ok, this one may scare some of you. But FINALLY there’s bunches of research coming out showing what we’ve suspected for some time now. Women can and should lift HEAVY! Be gone 5 pound dumbbells!!! Let me clarify. If you’re a beginner, there’s nothing wrong with starting with light weights while you learn moves, develop neurological pathways and build strength. But after a couple months, it’s okay to push the weight. Challenge yourself! YOU WILL NOT BULK UP (unless you’re eating a ton and dosing with testosterone!) My fittest clients (non-bulky females with awesome definition) routinely use 20, 25, even 30 pound dumbbells in their personal training sessions. If you really want to become a lean, mean calorie burning machine, add muscle mass. You will get smaller, see more definition and pump up your metabolism. Do not limit yourself to those little 5 and 10 pound dumbbells. Of course, ask for assistance and supervision when working with heavy weight and do NOT use heavy weights unsupervised unless you really know what you’re doing. Do not set yourself up for injury!

Ok, game on, what’s your 2011 plan???

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