In a recent post, I covered 3 top fitness predictions, but now I want to complete my top 10 list by covering ab exercises, the best equipment piece of 2K10, and more.
So here are the remainder of my fearless predictions…
7. Metabolic Resistance Training will be the training buzzword of the year
Weight training circuits, Turbulence Training, Afterburn Training – all of these have been known for years, but more and more we’ll see the phrase, Metabolic Resistance Training (MRT) used to describe this broad field of training.
Of course, that also means that MRT will be defined differently by almost every trainer…leading to some confusion among fitness readers.
However, on the bright side, we’ll see more fun, exciting, challenging, and super-effective metabolic resistance training programs hit the scene next year – giving you a ton of options for a fat burning, bodysculpting workout. If you love these types of workouts, 2010 is going to be a dream come true for you.
For over a decade cutting-edge trainers have spoken up loudly for the need to include multi-muscle, total-body, intense exercises in fat burning programs, and in the last 5 years we’ve seen a shift to doing as much bodyweight exercise as possible in order to get a lean, athletic physique.
And so finally, jump training – the epitome of multi-muscle, intense, bodyweight exercise – is about to become more mainstream in fat burning programs.
Of course, jump training should only be done by those who are physically capable, but once that hurdle has been overcome, then jumps can and should be used as a powerful, efficient way of working the body to burn calories, put turbulence on the muscles, and possibly even light up the fire of the afterburn to consume fat and calories during the recovery period.
9. More people will be alerted to dangers of bad ab training
Men’s Health dedicated an entire training section to the dangers of crunches and have ran more than one article with advice from Dr. Stu McGill – the world’s expert on using planks, side planks, and bird dogs instead of crunches…
…but for some reason the world’s female fitness magazines still linger in the dark ages of crunches (and cardio – but that’s another story) and continue to give their readers bad advice on how to get abs without hurting their backs.
But I truly believe this will be the year that crunches become passé – UNLESS of course the bodypart specialization popularity rejuvenates the dead-end exercise known as crunches. I guess this will be the fitness battle of the year – will crunches stay or will they go – here’s hoping this is the end of the line for that next-to-useless exercise and more focus on good abdominal exercises.
Bodyweight training will have its biggest breakout year since it first started getting more popular back in 2004-2005.
Due to a tough economy and a decrease in time that people will have to workout, we’ll see more people abandoning traditional gym memberships and working out at home, in a park, or even their hotel room without a single piece of equipment.
Plus, you’ll see innovative trainers – such as Adam Steer, myself, Ross Enamait, and many others coming up with unique bodyweight programs, systems, and techniques that you never would have expected could compete with traditional weight training.
For those folks that don’t re-join the bodybuilding darkside (just kidding), you’ll see them pushing the envelope of how they can transform their bodies without a single piece of equipment.
Bonus Prediction 11.
The smartest trainers will combine all of these methods – including the proven tactics from over the years PLUS the latest and greatest techniques – to create the most effective workouts YOU could possibly have – in the least amount of time.
It’s going to be YOU – the fitness enthusiast – who wins BIG-TIME this year.
But I’m not the only one who made fitness predictions for 2010. In our special report, you’ll also hear from Ferruggia, Pilon, Del Monte, and many more discussing over 30 groundbreaking fitness, diet, supplement, and muscle-building predictions, including…
– The Return of Bodybuilding
– The Revenge of Cardio
– The Coming of 7-Day Workout Programs
– The Battle Over Training for Health vs. Training for Looks
– The Latest Cutting-Edge Nutrition & Supplement Techniques
– The Truth About Group & Bootcamp Training
– The Hottest New Types of Unique Training
…and much, much more.
Don’t be surprised to see your favorite fitness experts disagreeing and even contradicting one another – remember that these are just predictions, and there’s no guarantee about who will be right or wrong.
Get ready for dozens of new workout and diet tips to help you lose fat and sculpt your body faster than ever in 2010.
To your success!
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training