Summer has arrived and it can quite frustrating to spend two hours at the gym, when you know how great the weather is outside. We have listed our top 3 Outdoor Fitness Trends in 2016. You are welcome!
CrossFit combines different kind of workouts that target one’s strength, core and endurance. The exercise philosophy was introduced on the Internet around 2001 and has become popular all over the world. One of the great things that have made CrossFit one of the greatest outdoor fitness trends of all time is that you can practice it regardless of what equipment you have available!
You can read more about CrossFit here
What you need: Objects to carry and a place to carry them.
- Obstacle Course Racing
Obstacle Course Racing (or OCR) is a sport where a person must run and at the same time overcome a fixed number of obstacles. In recent years, OCR has exploded in popularity because of its great ability to target one’s strength, endurance and speed. Obstacles on an OCR track include climbing over walls or even running through mud. It requires a strong aerobic energy system to perform OCR, which is why it is important to develop a strong training program towards an OCR event. You usually have to pay in order to participate in an OCR event. You can also try to make up own obstacles yourself while running. Just be careful though …
You can read more about OCR here
What you need: An OCR track or a vivid imagination
- TRX Suspension Training
TRX Suspension Training is a workout trend that employs body weight as resistance. The tool became extremely popular around 2005, and can be used to perform a various amount of exercises. Since TRX used body weight as resistance, core stability is a must. Wrong stance positions during TRX workouts can lead to serious injuries. Supervision in the beginning is therefore highly recommended until appropriate technique is learned. Remember to include all muscle groups in TRX Suspension Training if you want to maximize your outcome!
You can read more about TRX here
What you need: A TRX Suspension Trainer
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