New Year, New You!


Holly Chisholm Hargrave is the CEO/Founder of AthleticGenius Cycling, Fitness & Personal Training. Holly holds a BA, MBA and numerous International Fitness Certifications with over 15 years of fitness instruction experience.  Her approach to fitness is unique given her years of experience working alongside physicians in the operating room and in international clinical development. Holly’s understanding of the cardiovascular system, anatomy and physiology has enabled her to develop her own unique approach to “Training Smart”.  A Mother of 3, professional model and published fitness expert; Holly was named number 4 in a list have the top 14 Health and Fitness experts by PR Newswire based in NYC. Her book “The Hot Mommy’s Secret” Fitness, Food & Attitude is Being released in summer of 2014.  Known for her dedication and enthusiasm clients say; “Holly is the most dedicated trainer I have ever met….she won’t let you quit… and she’ll never quit on you.”


Training for 2015 Target Women:

HIIT training – high intensity interval training (not to be confused with high intensity training but rather bursts of high intensity effort) is THE topic of publicity lately; but I remain un-convinced its best for beginners.  I don’t think beginners can’t do enough of this high intensity level of of workouts at first - to gain the benefits they hope to achieve. 

I predict a popular trend will be is wellness rather than fitness. As the US population gets older, people want to be healthy and be able to take care of themselves rather than having 6-pack abs. I predict more wellness/fitness classes in the future.  I think mind /body wellness, such as yoga, Barre, Pilates and my AthleticGenius sandblast which are all based on based on balance and intelliletcual focus with be booming  

COREFIRE:  a unique combination of rowing and Pilate’s machines equipment.  Advantage: small class number of clientele, greater attention to safety, strength and lack of injury.

Athough Zumba and spinning are rated to fall to the bottom of the list the my opinion is that any class with rhythm and dance like Zumba, ( for example Fierce Funk with Pepper Von who is also is an inspirational speaker) will replace that particular style.  As will any spinning classes that incorporate a fresh style such as AthelticGenius “ Wicked Class” using sandballs while spinning or Flywheel using weights will remain fresh and efficient.  


Digital engagement

In our tech-obsessed world, this one seems like a no-brainer.   Countless downloadable internet applications track your time spent working out, your heart rate, miles and exertions.   In a cyber world-measuring results is easy and what you can’t measure you can’t improve! 


2015 Classics that will stay alive: 

Bodyweight training beat out high-intensity interval training for the top spot. And for good reason: it’s basically a fancy way to describe all the good old’ moves you’ve been doing since you first went to the gym (think squats, lunges, pushups, planks…). It’s the basics; so why is it so popular? Well, because it’s the most inexpensive workout out there — all you need is your own body weight — and you can do it literally anywhere, no gym required. 

Strength Training. Strength training remains a central emphasis for many health clubs. Incorporating strength training is an essential part of a complete exercise program for all physical activity levels and genders. 

Personal Training. More and more students are majoring in kinesiology, which indicates that they are preparing themselves for careers in allied health fields such as personal training. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers have become increasingly important to the health and fitness facilities that employ them.

Exercise and Weight loss:   In addition to nutrition, exercise is a key component of a proper weight loss program. Health and fitness professionals who provide weight loss programs are increasingly incorporating regular exercise and caloric restriction for better weight control in their clients.

Yoga. Based on ancient tradition yoga utilizes a series of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation. This includes Power Yoga, Oxalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and others.

Programs for Older adults.  As the baby boom generation ages into retirement, some of these people have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts. Therefore, many health and fitness professionals are taking the time to create age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active.
 

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