Fitness Trends

Try our picks for a fresh twist on classic exercises.
Sabra Snyder

You've done Swiss Ball crunches and sweated it out with hot yoga. Here's the next level in workout trends.

THE TREND: Yoga + Weights
Stretching and stability movements of yoga with the added muscle toning benefits of using weights.
One To Try: Anthony Carillo's Iron Yoga (DVD, $14.95)
The Secret: Upper body weight training exercises using light dumbbells combined with power yoga poses for abdominal and lower body strength.
Why We Love It: Slow and controlled, Iron Yoga focuses on the mind/body fitness connection, encouraging meditation while building muscle.
Get It:  www.ironyogabook.com

 

THE TREND: Pilates on the Web
A traditional Pilates program that combines with monthly downloadable routines to supplement your core workout schedule.
One To Try: Dr. Howard Sichel's Power Pilates Beginner Workout (intermediate version is also available). (DVD, $19.99)
The Secret: The Web workout component provides the variety you need to stick with the program.
Why We Love It: Pauses between exercises are short, so you can maximize your workout time and keep your energy up.
Get It:  www.powerpilates.com

 

THE TREND: Cardio for Kids
A high-energy routine designed especially for children ages 7-14.
One To Try: Billy Blanks Tae Bo Kicks (DVD, $14.95)
The Secret: Billy Blanks adapted his famous Tae Bo workout and made it easy and enjoyable for your child.
Why We Love It: Kids will know this program was created just for them. Most participants in this DVD routine are young, and the bright clothing and upbeat music make the workout fun.
Get It:  www.billyblanks.com.
 

This article is from our 2005 Weekend Living special issue.