So last week was the 1st week of the new year and, as usual, millions of people jumped online searching for effective weight loss and fitness info. Early January is new year’s resolutions time, after all, and by far the #1 resolution worldwide is lose weight!
Recently Mashable released a very interesting article that listed the top 10 most popular workout/exercise programs people searched for in the Yahoo search engine last week. It has a few new programs we hadn’t heard of, which was kind of a surprise.
Here are the 10 most searched for fitness programs for the beginning of 2014:
1. CrossFit — Awesome high-intensity workout and one of our favorites! It has exploded in popularity over the past couple of years but, for many people, it’s a bit “too much”… at least at first!
2. Yoga — The classic “Eastern” wellness workout that’s almost always popular.
3. Zumba — I remember first writing about this great Latin dance workout program way back in 2002. Glad to see this very effective and fun workout is still hot 12 years later!
4. Insanity — Currently the most popular of the Beachbody DVD home workouts. A good but extremely vigorous (and, in my opinion, a little overpriced) bodyweight exercise-based option.
5. P90X — Another intense Beachbody DVD program that’s surprisingly still in vogue after several years of being a top seller.
6. Couch to 5K -- A running-based program that promises anyone can run a 5K in under 30 minutes in just 9 weeks. Interesting but I’m not a big fan of running-only systems.
7. SoulCycle -- A cycling program very similar to spinning. It involves using light weights to do upper-body exercises while you’re cyling. Very popular among some celebrities.
8. Squat Challenge — A program that, as you might guess, involves doing lots and lots of squats (one of the best overall exercises you can do).
9. Kettlebells — Kettlebell workouts caught on a few years ago and, mainly due to the popularity of CrossFit and “combat”-style workouts, have remained very hot.
10. Plank Workouts — This, apparently, involves nothing more than planking for long periods of time. Pretty weird but hey, if it works for you, stick with it! (This is the perfect type of workout to combine with kettlebell exercises!)
What do you think about these hot workouts? Leave your comments below!
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