Good morning, my friends!
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Right now, as I’m starting this post on Sunday morning, I’m feeling very nostalgic. I just caught up with some people from back home, and…dare I say…I miss Illinois right now? I don’t feel like this very often – in fact, this might be the first time I actually miss Illinois, rather than the people in Illinois (the people, I miss a LOT.) But I did have a very happy life there!
Don’t get me wrong though, I love Colorado and everything about it. I mean, on Saturday we drove an hour west with these two and white water rafted in the mountains of Colorado!
photo c/o Lauren
Pumpkin beer – with a cinnamon brown sugar rim. It was basically Christmas in a glass…in July.
Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is I have lots of happy memories back in Illinois, and every now and then, I miss them! I see that as totally normal. I am kind of curious to see how I feel as time goes on, though. Will these feelings increase? Or decrease even more as I live here longer? Only time will tell; I’m can’t predict the future!
But I do try…
From the topic of homesicknesses (I could call it that if I were being dramatic) to the topic of fitness, as it always seems to come back to on this blog, let’s talk about future fitness predictions!
Every now and then I just like to say what’s on my mind on this little space of mine. Recently I was talking with another trainer about what we thought future fitness trends would be in the next decade. We talked about what would keep on growing, and what would fizzle out, and we agreed on two main beliefs:
1. Functional training would continue to grow.
I think people really do enjoy fitness more when it’s FUNctional. It seems more like play time when you’re using your body weight, free weights, med balls, stability balls, and challenging yourself with plyo’s and other mechanisms of using your body in physically challenging ways.
Instead of just mindlessly putting in your 30 minutes on the elliptical, or picking weights up and putting them down over and over and over, (which are both completely fine!) I think functional training tends to keep most people engaged and entertained more. Plus, you don’t need thousands of dollars to be able work out functionally. All you need is your body weight, and a few heavy things!
And the second belief…
2. Crossfit popularity will likely decrease and lose popularity.
I know that some (a lot of) people are going to disagree with me right out of the gates, but I stand firm in my belief that the Crossfit craze will die down. And it comes down to one reason, and one reason only: I see FAR too many clients who are just getting back to working out because of a crossfit injury (seriously, about half of all new clients I see have previous injuries from crossfit.) I see shoulder, knee, and back injuries from Crossfit all. the. time.
And I know that probably not all Crossfit boxes are way too intense for the average person, but a lot are for a lot of people. Let me also say that I haven’t ever tried Crossfit, and a handful of my blog friends (none of my real life friends do, though, come to think of it…) love it, but I think there are far too many people getting injured from Crossfit for it to keep gaining popularity.
As for me? I’m loving a mixture of functional fitness and resistance training with weights. Right now, I’m doing a full body lifting workout 3 days a week, and just added 1 day of a metabolic functional workout in that’s just about 20 minutes long. I’m also, of course, hiking, and loving it
Now I want to hear from you! What are your fitness trend predictions? Do you agree or disagree with me?
What kind of fitness are you loving right now?