Best and worst fitness trends of 2015/16

By Martin Ebner

From Crossfit to 7 minutes workouts. There seems to be an endless array of new ways to get fit - from the truly fantastic to the utterly ridiculous. Ebylife takes a look at what's hot and what's not for 2016.


Technically no longer a fitness trend, It would be difficult to write about health and fitness without first mentioning Crossfit. 

Created by Greg Glassman in 2000. Crossfit has shown exponential growth since hitting the scene in 2000. Practiced in over 13,000 gyms worldwide, it's becoming increasingly hard not to buy into at least some of the hype! 

What is Crossfit?

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program consisting mainly of a mix of aerobic exercise, calisthenics (body weight exercises), and Olympic weightlifting. All of which are performed over short periods of time at high intensity.

What’s all the fuss about

Crossfit promises to improve Cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.

Pros – Strong community, Exciting atmosphere, competition.

Cons – Frequent injury, challenging technique, peer pressure, It’s “us against them” attitude, Lack of programming and personalisation, little emphasis on correct technique.

Cost: $$

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For more information check out: Crossfit 

Personal training

What is personal training?

Personal Training offers one-on-one customised workout sessions with a certified trainer.

What’s all the fuss about?

It's time to be truly narcissistic. Personal training offers fully personalised exercise programs, guidance, motivation and accountability for your workouts. Not only that but a good personal trainer will educate you on healthy lifestyle choices along with providing healthy eating tips to compliment your training regime.

Pros – Customisation for fitness level and goals, offers accountability, motivation, care and guidance, properly programmed, offers consistent and non judgemental support, emphasis on proper technique and form.

Cons – More expensive than group fitness activities, Lack of community.

Cost: $$$$

Rating: 💪💪💪💪💪

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7 minute workouts

What is the 7 minute workout?

The high intensity seven-minute workout consists of a series of 12 bodyweight exercises. Think; Squats, push ups and lunges. Each exercise is performed for 30 seconds, followed by a 10 second rest before moving onto the next exercise. 

What's all the fuss about?

The 7 minute workout claims to promote all of the benefits of longer stints of cardio and weight training in yes, you guessed it, 7 minutes!

Pros – Great for those on a tight schedule, requires no equipment, can be done anywhere.

Cons – Has very little science to back it's claims. 7 minutes is the length of time it takes your body to warm up, meaning you risk injury by going too hard too fast. Studies show that you would need to perform the routine 2-3 times to see the benefits. Little room for progression. 

Cost: - $

Our Rating: 💪💪

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HIIT (Hight intensity interval training)

What is HIIT?

High-intensity interval training describes workouts that alternate between intense anaerobic exercise with fixed periods of active rest or rest periods. 

What's all the fuss about?

Scientifically proven that just 15-20 minutes of HIIT is enough to send your metabolism into overdrive and your levels of HGH (human growth hormone) sky high (Great for building muscle). It's time to wave goodbye to conventional long distance cardio.

Pros – You can do it anywhere, it’s fast and efficient, is scientifically proven to deliver all of the benefits of conventional cardio in less than half the time. 

Cons – Possible risk of injury, it's often difficult to push oneself into an anaerobic state (When the body doesn't have enough oxygen). 

Cost: - $

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For more information, check out: High intensity interval training


URBAN calisthenics 

What is urban Calisthenic?

Urban calisthenic training is a form of high intensity exercise using only your body weight as resistance. It consists of a variety of compound exercises, performed with or without the use of equipment or apparatus. Think push ups, pull and muscle ups, plank, squats and lunges. 

What's all the fuss about?

Build super human core and upper body strength, improve bone and joint strength, endurance, balance and mobility with just your own bodyweight. 

Not convinced!? Check out the king of Calisthenics, Mr Frank Medrano. 

Pros – Very little equipment needed, can be done almost anywhere, fantastic for building a strong core and upper body, it's free, great for beginner to advanced athletes.

Cons – Limitations on leg training, can sometimes be difficult to progress without adding additional weight, expect hand calluses the size of golf balls, difficult to isolate different the muscle groups.

Cost: - $

Rating: 💪💪💪💪

For more information, check out: Urban Calisthenics or more information of any of the above fitness trends or for personal training in Barcelona, get in touch today.

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