This year has changed the way we think about health…
From outdoor and online training to a move away from high-intensity workouts, the way we exercise will likely never be the same.
We speak to Rhea Sheedy, trained at the Royal Academy of Dance and founder of Ballet Fusion, a unique fitness fusion company built upon traditional ballet techniques with elements of pilates, yoga and fitness.
Below are her fitness trends for the current lockdown and beyond:
1. Low-intensity workouts
High-intensity workouts can be bad for the body as they are more likely to result in injury. Heavy-weight loads or forcing the muscles to fatigue quickly can lead to joint and muscle injuries.
To top it off, when done too much, HIIT can actually prevent muscle recovery – leading to physical and mental burnout.
On the flip side, HIIT can be great for achieving muscle mass, cardiovascular fitness and fat-burning relatively quick compared to other types of exercise. Ideally, HIIT should be done three times a week max to allow the body sufficient time to recover and process the inflammation it causes.
2. Equipment-free workouts
With high-intensity workouts fading in popularity, gyms periodically closing for lockdowns and the weather turning, we’re seeing a rise in the popularity of at-home, equipment-free workouts.
Conditioning classes and more holistic approaches to physical and mental health such as slower-paced ballet fitness, pilates and yoga are seeing a real surge in popularity. These classes benefit both the body and mind with incorporated breathing techniques, stretching and detoxification as well as strength building and flexibility.
3. Lunchtime workouts
If there is one positive that has come out of lockdown, it’s that we can choose WHEN we want to workout. In fact, the UK government is actually encouraging companies to allow longer lunch breaks so their employees can make the most of the daylight.
As a result, we’re starting to see more online offerings during office hours. At Ballet Fusion, our ‘Quickie’ class, which is held at midday on Friday’s, has seen participants jump by fivefold since the announcement of lockdown 2.0. We expect these times will remain popular especially during the holiday season.
4. Friends and family fitness
This year, there has been a real sense of community and we’re also seeing this in the health and fitness industry. With many people working from home, it’s easy to get your kids to join an online workout and really make it a fun activity for the whole family. We’re also seeing groups of friends signing up to the same online class as it’s a great way to spend time with each other but also helps to keep you accountable.
5. Holistic workouts
Ballet fitness is a great choice for people looking to take a more holistic approach to their health. Ballet is famous for its posture benefits – strengthening the body to improve your core and balance, as well as helping hugely to improve flexibility and suppleness of joints and muscles. A great alternative exercise class for people working-from-home.
At Ballet Fusion, our website visitors have tripled since March and our enquiries continue to grow week by week. We’ve gone from 100% of our clients being in the UK to up to 40% of them now coming from overseas – proving that this trend is a global phenomenon.
You can find more information about Ballet Fusion, including the special offer of our free ‘Quickie’ class for the month of November here – https://www.balletfusion.co.uk/.
About Rhea Sheedy, Ballet Fusion Founder and Fitness Expert – Rhea Sheedy has been trained at the Royal Academy of Dance and has been teaching ballet and fitness for 15 years. Passionate about health and wellbeing, Rhea founded Ballet Fusion, a unique fitness fusion company built upon traditional ballet techniques with elements of pilates, yoga and fitness.