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Exercise Trends Breakdown

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What’s the new workout in your life? Keeping your body active and moving is the ultimate goal. In recent years there have been a number of new workout trends making their way into the exercise market. Have you been curious about CrossFit, Orange Theory or Barre?

Here’s the breakdown on these newer trends:

CrossFit: These classes focus on high intensity. The workout includes both cardio and strength exercises. The workout is a variety of activities and each class is different. The program includes a mixture of rowing, gymnastics, weightlifting and more. For more information, find a local CrossFit class here:

Orange Theory: Heart rate based interval training focuses on tracking your heart rate through a monitor. You can track your individual level of effort with your heart rate. Having constant feedback about your personal performance can help fuel your workout and provide insight into how many calories you burn during and after the workout. The classes consist of both cardio and strength exercises. For more information or to find a local Orange Theory class visit

Barre Classes: These classes use a ballet bar at the edge of the room and movements are inspired by ballet, yoga and Pilates. The exercises focus on total body, small isometric movements. This is primarily a strength conditioning class. For more information or to find a local Barre studio, visit

Local Gym: How do these all compare with the big box gym that provides workout equipment and group fitness classes? The recommended physical activity guidelines for healthy adults is 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week. Find what works best for you and your budget -- whether it’s running on the treadmill at the local gym or going to a specialized facility.

Written by: Brianna Ballard, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern. Learn more about the Wellness Workdays Dietetic Internship.


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