Hot trends at UK's huge fitness show: antigravity yoga, gladiator workouts, fusion fitness

AFP Relax NewsMarch 23, 2012
Zumba and cardio dance techniques are another hot trend at this year's International Fitness Showcase.

While Zumba is everlasting in its cardio-dance popularity, other hot trends taking hold at this year's International Fitness Showcase (IFS) include yoga performed on suspension harnesses, cardio classes befitting a Roman warrior, and a slew of fusion offerings to tone and entertain.

From Friday to Sunday thousands of fitness professionals and enthusiasts from Europe and Asia are converging at Winter Gardens in the seaside town of Blackpool, England, for the eighth annual IFS to spot the latest and biggest trends in group fitness.

Zumba returns in full force to the event this year, its second time in Blackpool, with its array of classes including Zumbatronics, Zumba Cardio Party, and Zumba Toning. Kettlebell Group X, an accredited training course using weighted kettlebells for training and exercise, will also be at the event, as will Stott Pilates, Peak Pilates, Power Plate, Barre Method, and Spinning.

A hot trend this year is fusion classes, including Rock Fusion Pilates, Yoga Boot Camp, and Piloxing (Pilates and boxing moves).

High-energy cardio classes include street, Latin, lyrical jazz, old-school hip hop, soul jazz, video dance, and MTV dance classes. Old-school step classes are also taking new forms with Latin-inspired methods dubbed Step Italiano and Step from Spain.

Also, following in the footsteps of bootcamp and Crossfit, exercise goes extreme with a series of Gladiator workouts -- equipment-less classes that tone and condition your entire body -- and street fighter cardio, which combines martial arts moves in a high-intensity workout.

Another hot new trend this year is suspension yoga, or anti-gravity yoga, the latest yoga fad to take hold in the fitness world. Using a specially designed harness, you can get the low-impact benefits of inversion therapy combined with yoga's emphasis on strength and flexibility. At the event, a showroom will be devoted to anti-gravity yoga, with multiple classes offered daily to give attendees a taste of the technique.

Comparable to Inner IDEA in the US, IFS is one of Europe's biggest fitness conventions and sets the trends for what gyms and fitness centers throughout Europe and Asia can expect to see in the coming year.

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