The health issues that have arisen from our often sedentary and undernourished lifestyle have started to place a serious burden on our health care system. More people are developing metabolic, immune and mental health issues than ever before in history. Instead of looking at our daily choices on nutrition, exercise and the of our daily vices (i.e. cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine), many people turn to modern medicine to mask the symptoms and get a quick fix to the real issue.
In this context, Indians have started placing a greater emphasis on the presence of regular exercise, a balanced diet and tapping into traditional and natural health solutions to aid their ailments. Over the last few years, India has become a breeding ground for both innovative a traditional fitness styles, with new boutique studios popping up in the major cities every month. GuavaPass launched in Mumbai earlier this year, and since then we’ve seen an emerging pattern in workouts taken by Indians in some surprising areas.
Here are 5 fitness trends that are taking over India for 2018
As well as being one of the top 5 trends globally, HIIT is one of the fastest growing fitness trends in India, with hundreds of fitness studios offering this time-effective workout. High-Intensity Interval Training usually last between 30 and 45 minutes and is distinguished by short periods of high-intensity work, followed by even shorter periods of rest. Many Indians find this workout to be the best fit for their lifestyle, as it fits in with their fast-paced schedule, and can be finished in 2% of their day.
Exercise giants like F45, Barry’s Bootcamp and Les Mills use this style of training because of the countless benefits to their members, including increased metabolism up to 48 hours after training, increased lean muscle mass, improved circulation and flexibility, as well as a reduction in overall body fat %. HIIT training can be found all over Mumbai, with a number of studios on GuavaPass offering the all-encompassing workout.
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The first practice of Yoga was recorded in Northern-India over 5,000 years ago. Today, yoga is still one of the most popular exercises for locals and tourists throughout India, based on the sheer amount of studios and instructors offering this practice. Modern Yoga, although popularised with more weight loss based components, still holds a great focus on the teachings from thousands of years ago. The rise of Yoga over the last year can be seen in the growing popularity of traditional classes like Raja, Karma, Jnana and Bhakti yoga, as well as the newer, westernized classes like Vinyasa, Power, Rope, Aerial and HIIT yoga.
GuavaPass offers hundreds of yoga classes a week, at the best studios across Mumbai.
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3. Fitness Boxing
Boxing is one of the best workouts for cardio fitness, coordination, and fast-twitch muscles. Since the beginning of the year, fitness boxing in India has exploded across the industry, with 52% of the population being interested in the type of workout boxing provides. There is a range of styles these boxing classes follow, from more martial arts based classes focused on technique and traditional practices, to cardio based boxing workings, focused on the endurance component of the practice.
Experts say the growing popularity of UFC is the cause for the large spike in interest around this workout. One platform that offers a mix of martial arts, fitness boxing as well as kickboxing and traditional American boxing is GuavaPass – check out the current promotions here!
4. Functional Training
Functional training workouts are focused on improving the functionality, efficiency and daily usage of your body. Exercises are originally based off primal movements, usually around push, pull or press classifications. Functional training involves resistance bands, kettlebells, free weights, ropes or body weight exercises to with the goal to increase mobility, improve core stability, balance muscle development on the right and left side of the body, and improve endurance in both your weight lifting and cardio.
Over the last year, the occurrence of functional training studios across Mumbai and India has increased by 26%, making it one of the fastest growing areas in the India fitness industry today. Check out the Functional Training studios on GuavaPass now – access exclusive discounts here!
5. Group Classes
Although there’s been a growth in the personal training sector since the end of 2017, group classes have still shown to be the preferred choice of those interested in fitness. In India especially, group classes are far more common than personal training, and for good reasons. In many studies, group training far outweighs personal or individual training, showing a greater amount of participants continuing to reach their fitness goal if they started with group training, a greater amount of time spent working out, and overall more body fat loss.
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