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Just like food and diets, you’re bound to find trends and fads within the exercise and fitness scene. Let’s take a look at the top 5 exercise trends that will most likely explode into popularity in 2015, as well as existing trends that will continue to grow.

In no particular order, the following will be hot in 2015:

1. CrossFit

CrossFit has taken the world by storm. CrossFit involves competitors completing a set exercise routine which includes anything from Olympic weight lifting, to gymnastics derived movements, to power lifting. The fastest time to complete all exercises wins. Based on the principle that athletes need to be good at everything, and a randomised programming method, CrossFit is now a multimillion dollar industry. Despite being surrounded in controversy, it boasts a huge number of die-hard fans. There is no doubt that that even in 2015, CrossFit will continue to spread around the world. This sport is so popular now that there is even a similar franchise known as Grid, which is a competition similar to the CrossFit Games, but taking place indoors.

2. Raw Powerlifting

Powerlifting is not a new sport by any stretch of the imagination. This sport involves being able to lift as much weight as humanly possible for a single rep. The winner is determined by the total weight lifted in three events; the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. In the past it was powerlifting was largely obscure and saw little exposure. However, recently, raw powerlifting (using little to no lifting aids or support gear) has slowly crept up in popularity. A large portion of the credit goes to social media channels such as YouTube, where hardcore gym junkies post footage of their best lifts. Knowledgeable, charismatic, and freakishly strong YouTube celebrities have built highly successfully channels devoted exclusively to the sport, with hundreds and thousands of followers. With a very accessible nature, pretty much anyone can take up raw powerlifting. All you need is enough weight to lift.

3. Calisthenics & Body Weight Training

Whether you lift weights at home or a gym, you will need some cash outlay. Purchasing equipment, paying for gym memberships all need some money. However, if you train with little to no equipment, then you really don’t need to pay. Body weight training takes a back to basics approach to fitness and uses only your own bodyweight as resistance. Basic exercises include chin ups, push ups, and squat variations. However, with increased experience, more advanced movements such as muscle ups, clapping push ups, and pistol squats all become part of the routine. Another aspect of body weight training is the creative use of a horizontal pull up bars and poles. Not only can advanced trainers do pull ups with ease, they can incorporate some very acrobatic and gymnastic movements. This form of training is functional, challenging, and best of all, free. It’s no wonder that it’s taking off.

4. Technology Enhanced Training

It’s hard for people to live without technologies like the internet and smart phones right now. So it should be no surprise that these are rapidly being incorporated into people’s fitness programs. Fitness apps like MyFitnessPal have made tracking your progress electronic, simple, and convenient. Electonic measuring devices such as pedometers and heart rate monitors have never been simplier, lighter, more stylish, or cheaper than before. This makes them both accessible and popular with fitness enthusiasts. Then there are video games. Once pioneered by the Nintendo Wii and their Wiimote motion sensing technology, game developers are making more and more games that require exercise and movement. Dancing, boxing, and yoga games that require exercise are enjoyable for those who traditionally do not like to exercise. Best of all, it’s all available in the comfort of your own home. With improving technology, these games will become increasingly realistic and immersive.

5. Transformation Challenges

Popularised by supplement brand Maxs and their Muscle Up Challenge, the number of transformation challenges have exploded in recent years. The concept involves a company sponsoring a body transformation challenge, usually 12 weeks in length. Participants register and submit “before” photos before undergoing a massive diet and exercise overhaul. At the end of the 12 weeks, another set of “after” photos are sent in for judging. The winner is selected based on the most visible positive change and is awarded a significant prize which could include goods, services, or cash. Countless Aussies have been motivated by these challenges and there is no doubt that this will continue into 2015.

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