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Part 4 of 4; Comparing Some Trends in Fitness…A Final Analysis

Time to weigh in on some of the newer trends in fitness.

I recently wrote about some of the newer trends in fitness – P90X, CrossFit, and Pure Barre, and have come up with my own opinion in a kind of “final analysis” blog post. For the sake of simplicity, I have looked at each kind of exercise in terms of four things: how easy and convenient it is to use and keep using, how thorough a workout it is (all-body), how costly it is, and how effective it is (physical results). While some of these things are harder to measure than others, I believe that my own experiences with them, coupled with my conversations with many others who use them, have given me insight so that I can come up with a fair analysis. For each category, I will look at the various types of exercise, and then rate them 1-3 (1 being the lowest and a 3 being the highest). [Read more…]

Part 3 of 4: Comparing Some Trends in Fitness: Pure Barre!

Seat work at a Pure Barre class. Believe me, it's harder than it looks!

For the third part in my series on trends in fitness, I take a look at Pure Barre for a totally different kind of workout.  I first tried Pure Barre about a year ago and immediately knew it was not like just another group exercise class.  I can’t really say I enjoyed it (until later).  Actually, that first class was like an introduction to a foreign language…all I could really do was observe and attempt to imitate the instructor’s moves…they were unlike any kind of fitness exercises I had ever done.  Although I would never describe myself as a graceful person,  I have always been intrigued by dancers…the way they carry themselves with poise,  and the way their posture seems to reveal a kind of femininity and grace. Maybe that is what drew me to Pure Barre…I was hoping to get some of that poise and grace!!! [Read more…]

Part 2 of 4: Comparing Some Trends in Fitness; CrossFit!

Cory...the instructor at my first ever Cross Fit class...and yes, he is suspended in mid-air!

“Does your workout make you nervous?…It should.”  -CrossFit Quote

Continuing my series about trends in fitness, I write today about CrossFit.  As an athlete, I am intrigued by CrossFit because I can immediately see the challenge it poses. [Read more…]