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High-intensity, Simple Workouts Gain Popularity

MensPushUps.jpg He said HIIT, which involves short bursts of activity followed by a short rest or recovery, jumped to the top of the list in its first appearance in the poll about fitness trends, which was read more... completed by 3,815 health and fitness professionals worldwide. Thompson believes the shaky economy favors what he calls "low-cost delivery programs" such as HIIT bodyweight training. "Folks just can't afford to go to specialized exercise programs," he said, noting that neither Pilates nor Zumba are predicted to trend in 2014. "Retention data shows that people get bored with an exercise program in three to six months if they're not challenged or the program is not varied enough," he explained. The exception is yoga, which still popular. "The yoga folks change it enough to maintain interest," he said of the ancient practice that has spawned countless variations from power yoga and prenatal yoga to hot yoga. Andy Smith, chief executive of Daily Burn, which streams a variety of workout programs to some three million subscribers, said modern bodyweight training borrows freely from seemingly unrelated genres, such as wrestling and mixed martial arts.
Full story: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/11/12/high-intensity-simple-workouts-gain-popularity/

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