“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” Or so says Tolstoy (and we here at InLove happen to agree with him!). Whether the rising temperatures put you in the mood for evening strolls or lingering over lunch al fresco, one thing is for sure: spring has sprung, and our energy has popped with the first of the flower buds! As those of us with a proclivity for activity know, exercise is a natural cure-all whose benefits date back for centuries. As with everything in our hectic lives, staying fit and healthy is a goal, which must often be tempered by restraints such as time. But as any seasoned gym-goer knows, the best way to get the most bang for your buck is to consult the professionals. And that is exactly what we’ve done for you: sorting through piles of data might be cardio for your brain, but it doesn’t exactly compare to time on the treadmill. This article is dedicated to providing you with all the information you need to keep up with the biggest and best trends in fitness this spring.
As technology has been slowly encroaching upon every aspect of our lives since the advent of the personal cell phone, we can’t say that we’re surprised to see that fitness apps top the chart this year. On Christmas Day, FitBit was the most-downloaded app in the country. Tech pieces that seamlessly integrate analytics with your exercise regimen are hotter than hot, and what’s not to like about these programs? Being able to track your progress (whether your focus is heart rate, calories burned, or keeping proper form) is an easy way to reach your workout goals. At Retro Fitness in Williamsburg, the gym offers their own app, Retro Fitness, at no cost to subscribers. “It rewards (you) for participating in various activities, and connects to third-party devices (such as FitBit) to make fitness fun, easy, and engaging,” says Senior General Manager Benjamin Peker. And they’re not the only establishment offering simple ways to combine your gym experience with gadgetry: Equinox, Life Time Fitness, and Planet Fitness (among a slew of others) all offer options for those looking to get sweaty while staying tech-savvy.
Looking for something a little more personal than a digital interface? Group fitness has long been a staple for those who might lack the motivation to get going on their own: classes create a sense of shared accomplishment and accountability. At CrossFit gyms, trainers swear that their mantra of “you’re not finished until everyone in the group is finished” encourages all participants to be supportive and, in doing so, helps facilitate healthier class environments and the desire for constant, progressing achievement. If the pace and intensity of CrossFit doesn’t seem to be a match for you, we suggest trying a barre workout. Programs that fuse dance with fitness training have been popular ever since the Zumba craze exploded in 2010, but barre takes a different approach. The word “barre” comes from a term in classical ballet, which refers to a set progression of exercises done at the beginning of ballet lessons that serve to warm up the body and activate all the muscles in turn. They are done while using a dance bannister (or barre, in French) as a balancing aid. While CrossFit veers more in the direction of building muscle mass and increasing stamina for quick, high-impact exertions, barre’s aim is to lengthen and strengthen muscles, and create endurance for extended periods of steady activity.
Capping off our list of trends to keep your eye out for, strength training is a contender that has been a hit for the past half a decade, and shows no sign of waning in popularity. “Strength-training helps with weight loss by decreasing body fat, and who doesn’t want sculpted muscles?” “Clients who work with us at Retro often see results within the first month!” professes Mr. Peker. And studies are showing more and more that this particular type of exercise might be even more important for the ladies than for men; it decreases the risk of osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease (the leading cause of death for women). If you’ve been trying in vain to create the ideal body through ever-varied methods, strength training might be the option that finally makes those dreams come true!
With this detailed dossier of trends to incorporate, no workout regimen should be boring this spring. The laundry list of beauty benefits that come with breaking a sweat (improved blood flow imparts a radiant glow, surges of feel-good endorphins increase confidence, etc.) are enough to get even the most stubborn couch potato out and about this season. And if the stunning photos curating fitness fashion from our article have you daydreaming of working out in a space just as beautiful, look no further than Retro Fitness in Williamsburg! The 25,000-square foot facility gives clients the ability to work out without a wait no matter what time of day, and with memberships starting as low as $19.99 a month, and a free weekly full access pass to first time visitors, there’s really no excuse to stay home. Put some spring in your step, and get ready to sweat it out!
Photographed by Bruce Soyez-Bernard
Creative Director-Stylist: Elena Vasilevsky
Makeup by Alex Almeida
Hair by Roby Powers
Models: Ugo, Wilhelmina agency. Holland, Wilhelmina agency
Location: Retro Fitness @ Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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