5 fitness trends to watch in 2022 | BreakingNews.ie

5 fitness trends to watch in 2022 |  BreakingNews.ie

For many of us, the pandemic has completely changed how we workout – with a greater emphasis on flexibility training and taking care of our body and soul.

In 2022, the ‘hybrid model’ will continue to be big news – as more of us seamlessly switch between at-home workouts and sweat sessions at the gym.

But there’s also an emphasis on having a little fun with your workouts, as seen in many of the fitness trends in 2022. Let’s take a look…

1. Weighted Hula Hooping


The pandemic has us reverting to a whole range of childhood activities – just take a look at the boom of roller-skating. The latest nostalgic sport to add to your exercise routine is hula hooping—but maybe not as you know it.

Weighted hula hooping takes your workout to the next level, challenging your core than you did when you hooped as a kid. It’s set to become hugely popular with PureGym (puregym.com) having named it the world’s fastest growing fitness trend before 2022.

Although it not only targets your core, but you can also include it in arm workouts. The extra weight will cause your muscles to ache for several days.

2. VR Fitness


On the opposite end of the spectrum is the projected growth of virtual reality (VR) fitness—from childhood activities as old as you can get. VR is slowly but surely making its presence felt in the fitness industry, but previously it has been too expensive and inaccessible to the average person. This may change now.

It’s not just traditional fitness apps making their mark (though VR workouts like boxing and skiing are proving popular), but we’re also seeing the rise of ‘gamersizing’ – VR apps turning your workouts into something fun, In which there are lots of challenges and adventures. along the way.

3. Reverse Running


Tired of jogging forward all the time? You might want to try reverse running — another fitness trend PureGym says is climbing in popularity. This fitness trend originated in the eighties but is seeing a resurgence, and it’s great to try because you don’t need any fancy kits or expensive gadgets.

You’d be surprised how different running backwards feels to your traditional forward jog—it’s said to be easier on the joints, works your muscles in a different way, and is a real challenge to your coordination. Of course, there’s a little more danger involved – just make sure you know what’s going on behind you so you don’t accidentally fall into something, and be smart!

4. Surfing


Surfing made its debut as an Olympic sport at Tokyo 2020, sparking a growing interest in what can only be described as an extremely quiet activity.

It’s not the easiest game to master – you definitely have to have a lot of patience, and be prepared to fall all the way down. But there’s nothing like catching the perfect wave, and as an added bonus, it’s a full-body workout that will get your heart pumping and tone muscles.

If you’re nowhere near the ocean, why not combine it with another trend to try VR surfing?

5. Hurt


Move over HIIT, because HIRT — high intensity resistance training — is the next big thing. This basically means short, intense bursts of resistance training – anything that uses weights. It can be barbell squats, deadlifts, shoulder presses – whatever you want to train for that day. The aim is to really tire out your muscles and get your heart rate up with short rest periods between each set.

It is definitely good if you want maximum results in minimum time.