Our feature in the Telegraph this week. Jean-Claude Vacassin on the four areas we’ll be seeing a lot more of in the coming months…
We’re all looking for better ways to track workouts, monitor workout output and share and compare data with others. If used correctly, fitness trackers can really help dial in your training. The trick is to use the right ones and not get bogged down in the data. I suggest one to track training, one for nutrition, and one for overall recovery. I use Training Peaks to track my cardio workouts, which I can share with my coaches, My Fitness Pal to track my nutrition and calorie intake, which keeps me on-track with what I eat, and Heart Rate Variability by Bioforce, which allows me to monitor my recovery and tweak my training accordingly. Wearable technology for recovery will be a game-changer.
Building bulletproof glutes
Toning your derrière is a trend that will probably never go away. The rise in the popularity of athletic-based training and in turn a move towards more lean and toned physiques, has ensured that it is definitely at the forefront of fitness for now – which is probably a good thing, given that a strong and shapely backside is good for not only form, but more importantly, function. Glutes are the new core. Sure, we need toned and functional abdominals, but a good set of glutes is the foundation of just about any physical activity. If you want to get fitter, stronger and stay injury-free, this is a fitness trend that you definitely want to follow.
Another trend that seems to have been around for a while now, but still seems to be as popular as ever. Shorter, more intense workouts, work. They are more time efficient, more fun and, done correctly, are far more effective when it comes to getting into shape and improving your fitness levels. But they are not for everyone and they are not the golden goose when it comes to fat loss. HIIT classes (short for high-intensity interval training) work if you have a good base of strength and fitness. If you have not been working out previously and your fitness levels are not what they could be, steer clear until you’ve built a base. Once you’re fit, HIIT.
Actress Ruby Rose is a fan of altitude training
Perhaps the newest fitness trend around, altitude training has been, and continues to be, used by professional sports teams and athletes who want to increase their cardiovascular fitness levels. The basic premise is that your body gets used to training and perfoming in an environment where there is less oxygen for use. But given that most of us don’t live at altitude, we’ve started wearing specifically designed masks to mimic the effects. The problem is that most of the products on the market don’t actually change the amount of oxygen available, and instead simply restrict breathing, which is not the same thing. So if you’re going to embrace this, do your research and make sure that your product does what it is supposed to do. Best case, find yourself an altitude chamber, which actually mimics the elevated environment. Or, get yourself up into the mountains!