What's Hot & What's Not

(CARLSBAD, CA) – Fitness fads come and go. Are you up-to-date with the current trends in the health and wellness industry?

Jazzercise Founder & CEO Judi Sheppard Missett has been at the forefront of fitness industry trends for more than 40 years. Missett shares these tips on “what’s hot” and “what’s not.”

What’s Hot
What’s Not

Combination Moves –Do overhead presses with your squats. Perform bicep curls with your lunges. Working multiple muscle groups simultaneously is the hottest fitness trend today. If you’re in a time crunch – or even if you just want to get more out of your workout – then combo exercises are the way to go.

Single Moves – Isolating just one body part isn’t going to hurt you. You’ll still get fitness benefits from simple leg lifts or push-ups. You just won’t burn as many calories or work your body as efficiently as doing combination moves. Combo moves fatigue your muscles in a two-for-one fashion, making single isolations a trend of the past.

Buddy Up for Workouts – Get a fitness friend to join in your workouts. You’ll boost your chances of sticking with your regimen if you know that your workout buddy is waiting for you to show up at group fitness class. Be sure to choose someone whose schedule, goals and exercise intensity level match your own.

Flying Solo – Solitary runs through the park. Individual rides on your mountain bike. Single treks around the track. Working out alone presents a number of safety risks. You’re also less likely to push yourself if you don’t have another person to turn up your intensity that extra notch.

Stabilizing Your Core – Core–based exercises target the deepest layer of your abdominal muscles, known as the transversus abdominis, which works like a corset to trim your waistline. Core exercises also strengthen your lower back while improving your balance and coordination. Most importantly, the Mayo Clinic reports that core strength helps prevent injuries.

Endless Crunches – There’s nothing wrong with a crunchfest on occasion, but never rely solely on crunches to melt your muffin top. Many abdominal exercises, crunches included, only target the superficial abdominal muscles, leaving you disappointed when you don’t get those washboard abs.

Taking “Me” Time – It’s impossible to meet the needs of your boss, co-workers, family and friends if you aren’t taking any time to rejuvenate yourself. Carve out some time for taking a bubble bath, reading a good book or walking along the beach.

Burning Yourself Out – If you’re attempting to be the perfect employee, mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend and neighbor, then you’re probably neglecting one important person in that picture – you! Neglecting yourself is far from chic.

Keeping Track – Wear a pedometer to count your steps. Keep a food journal to record what you eat and when you eat it. The newest trend is all about empowering yourself with knowledge. You’ll be much more successful reaching your fitness and nutritional goals if you have accurate stats.

Guessing Games – So, you “think” that you walked about one mile. And you “estimate” that tonight’s pasta serving was one-half cup. But, how accurate is your guessing game? Unfortunately, most of us aren’t very adept at our estimations, which is probably why guessing is a method of the past.


Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

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