Fitness Programs You Need To Try This 2020

By  //  February 1, 2020

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If you’re still waiting to get around to your New Year’s fitness resolutions (don’t worry, we’ve all done it), or you are just looking to get into a fitness program, you’ll notice there’s a lot of options.

If you’re still waiting to get around to your New Year’s fitness resolutions (don’t worry, we’ve all done it), or you are just looking to get into a fitness program, you’ll notice there’s a lot of options.

Seeing a giant list of programs that all claim to increase your health while being fun, might seem intimidating, and like false promises.

To be honest, as long as you are getting out there and being active you’re doing great. If you’re looking to get in shape and be a better version of yourself, here are some programs you need to try. 

Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was the fighting style that helped initiate the UFC. It’s a functional fighting style that teaches discipline.

Jiu Jitsu is also great for improving both muscle and joint stability, not many forms of exercise enhance the joints quite like this fitness program. Performing in this fitness program is also great for translating in other sports like wrestling which have similar fundamentals.

Jiu Jitsu also trains the mind as becoming interlocked with your opponents requires thinking several steps ahead similar to games like chess. If you’re attempting to keep a sharp mind and develop functional fitness, finding classes near you is the right decision.

Yes, Yoga

While the other fitness programs on this list might require a certain amount of intensity, yoga offers an alternative approach to fitness. Yoga helps you practice breathing and meditation and achieve a better state of mind. Yoga is also beneficial to the immune system and helps improve muscle tone and increase stamina.

The awesome thing about yoga is that classes are offered in almost every city, and it shouldn’t be difficult for you to find local programs.

The experts at American Yoga Association has helpful reviews on the kind of gear you will need to participate in yoga programs. Having flexible and comfortable clothing is essential due to the range of movement that yoga requires.

The awesome thing about yoga is that classes are offered in almost every city, and it shouldn’t be difficult for you to find local programs.

Boxing/Kickboxing

While boxing and kickboxing are seen as naturally functional forms of fighting, they are still a functional form of fitness. They are less about chess moods and involve a high level of finesse that may not be present in other sports (just look at Mayweather versus McGregor).

These sports are extremely aerobic exercises, and the training involved with them are very heavy in cardio. Skipping rope in intermediate bursts will take your breath away more than you’d think. Kicking, or punching a bag for 2 minutes straight can leave you gasping for breath. I remember going to a boxing class and one instructor asking me if I lifted weights, when I replied “yes”, he said “doesn’t help much does it?”. Boxing and kickboxing demand a high amount of cardio and endurance, but they are extremely rewarding. Just expect to sweat.

CrossFit

CrossFit tackles and incorporates both endurance and physical strength into their programs. CrossFit has become an international phenomena with programs being found all over North America and Europe.

CrossFit also introduces a social component that is not found from basic weightlifting.

Some of the exercises that they focus on are not traditionally found within other programs, and target their specific endurance needs.

Many of the gyms have beginner programs if you are worried about being ready to step up your game. CrossFit can be a bit complex to newcomers, and if you’re not interested in being social this definitely isn’t a fitness program for you.

P90X 

The home workouts of P90X have almost become notorious in their difficulty and the exercise demanded from this program. Some have called it a niche form of exercise while others say it’s simply a fad.

Here’s what’s true about P90X, it demands a large amount of mental fortitude, it does offer some nutritional advice, and it constantly demands more.

Having a baseline to compare how far you’ve come is a great way to keep upping up the fitness demand. You can start attempting the exercises to the best of your ability and work your way from there. You also won’t need to be social when doing this from home. 

From the intense, to a little more relaxed, as long as you’re staying in motion you’re going to work towards your fitness goals. Some of us like to start off a little more intense and these programs may work for you, or you might find you are ramping up the intensity as you work out more. Whichever program you choose, these are some you absolutely need to try out this year. 

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