15 FITNESS TRENDS TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO IN 2015
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As we say good-bye to the year that was 2014 and get ready to start anew, let’s also agree to say adieu to a few fitness trends we’ve witnessed this past year that either annoy us, are bad for us, or are just plain wrong. Here are 15 fitness trends to say good-bye to in 2015.
15. Using your phone while (not) using a machine at the gym.
Stop hogging the leg press machine because you’re busy scrolling through Instagram, you jerk! Leave the phone in the locker room, or get off the machine. Someone else would actually like to use the machine to work out.
14. Ratty workout clothes.
With designers getting in on the athleisure, “après sport” or “gym-to-the-office” look, there is no reason to look like a bum at the gym. It has nothing to look with vanity, but rather enhancing your performance. You don’t have to look like David Beckham on the field, but make sure to wear a shirt that doesn’t reveal your nipples, shorts with tears, or socks with holes.
13. Drinking your calories with recovery smoothies and shakes.
After a long run, all I want is a cold smoothie. And with juice and smoothie bars popping up all around New York City, it’s easy to grab a 500-calorie meal replacement and call it a “recovery drink.” The truth is, even the healthiest of smoothies have more sugar than a McDonald’s milkshake. My favorite smoothie, the Coco Açai at Juice Generation has 50 grams of sugar. That is equivalent to the sugar content of FIVE Krispy Kreme Original Glazed donuts. This breaks my heart. Yes, it’s natural sugar but your body sees all sugar as equal. Sugar is sugar is sugar. Opt for a green juice with more greens than fruit and grab the Coco Açai as a treat.
12. Bike rentals.
I’m extremely grateful for bike sharing programs like Citi Bike because it gets people active, but with the increase of biking accidents in New York City I’m petitioning for more walking. Walking is a great way to explore the city and it’s free. Walk home from work, or walk to a further train station. Either way, walk more. Read more about the benefits of walking and how to walk more without getting on a treadmill.
11. Waist training.
I can’t believe this was actually a story this year: Kim Kardashian shares a selfie saying she was obsessed with waist training. As someone who used to be 225 pounds, I understand the desire to look slimmer. I admit that I wore corsets and body shapers to tighten and smooth my mid-section and I still wear Spanx from time-to-time when I’m wearing a dress. But to consistently wear a harsher corset to mold your body is ludicrous. It reminds me of Chinese foot-binding methods. This strangling of the waist just doesn’t seem healthy, at all, and must go in 2015.
10. “Going” Paleo.
I have no problem with paleo foods. But like everything else in health and fitness, it’s not supposed to be a hit it and quit it deal. It’s about maintaining a lifestyle. Stick with it, or find something you can stick to long-term. If you fall off the wagon, it’s not sustainable and it’s not a lifestyle for you. Stop labeling yourself and find foods that nourish and fuel you.
9. The Color Run.
It may be the self-proclaimed happiest 5k on earth, but it’s not the funnest. I’m over it. While i recommend everyone run it at least once in their life, the Color Run is underwhelming unless you’re 20 and drunk. I ran the Color Run in NYC this year. I imagined running through color machines like a dirty car going through a car-wash, but instead learned that there are actual humans who scoop, splatter, and dust color on you. In 2015, let’s try more Zombie Runs, Hot Chocolate runs, Electric runs, wipeout runs, or underwear runs.
8. Shirtless Selfies in the gym mirror.
You know what I’m talking about. THAT guy or gal who posts selfies of their abs or pecs with a “sexy” look. That has got to go in 2015. It’s motivating, it’s actually quite pornographic. There are so many other
less-egotistic fun ways to brag about your gym-time. How about setting a timer and showing off your plank? A shoefie after a run? Your bright, patterned yoga pants? Show your strength, not your vanity.
7. Health Bashing.
Have you ever felt that your decision to live a healthier life is ridiculed or questioned? In 2015, let’s stop questioning and bashing each other’s health-driven lifestyles and start supporting and guiding each other. I witnessed Jordan of The Balanced Blonde go through this when she transitioned away from veganism. Now she skips labeling all-together and focuses on finding balance. Some look at my marathon running and think I’m crazy. Running long distances makes me happy and keeps me on track when it comes to my health goals. Why does any one care how many miles I run? In 2015, let’s vow to give each other the benefit of the doubt that we ourselves know what is good for our bodies, and not others.
6. Heart-rate monitor straps.
Heart-rate monitors with restricting straps are so two-thousand late. Workout in freedom with the adidas miCoach Fit Smart. I said that it was my favorite fitness gadget of 2014, but I’m taking it into 2015 because everyone needs to know about it. Go strapless! Never again should you have to worry about taking your phone, arm band, heart rate monitor, strap, and watch on your run.
5. Bottled water.
I love the luxury of having someone hand me a bottle of Smart Water when I take a Soul Cycle class, too, but there are just too many reasons why we should cut bottled water. Bottled water is expensive costing 1,000 times more than tap water even though almost half of bottled water comes from tap water; it’s bad for the environment; and it’s not necessarily safer. In fact, federal safety regulations require tap water to go through more testing than bottled water.
4. $30+ Classes.
Yup, that’s right. $30 plus. That’s the going rate for a workout class these days. I have no problem dropping dough for a class I really love, but add that up several times a week times 52 weeks in a year. Workouts aren’t cheap, but they SHOULD be accessible. That’s why I’ve created a new section on Lean Girls Club that shares all the free and low-cost workouts in New York City. Whether you like yoga, running, or a butt-kicking bootcamp, there’s something for everyone. FREE! You can even export the events into your calendar so you never miss one.
CrossFit has been credited for changing thousands of bodies, increasing cardiovascular health, and building a community for fit-minded folks who encourage each other to push the limit. But this trendy workout is also called the “most dangerous workout.” In the last decade, there have been too many cases of CrossFit-induced rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis, or Rhabdo for short, is a serious and potentially fatal condition resulting from the catastrophic breakdown of muscle cells. Basically, this extreme breakdown of cells can lead to your muscles exploding, kidney failure, and other complications.
Too hard and too fast isn’t a healthy strategy. I’m not saying skip CrossFit altogether, but rather be careful and incorporate more exercises that build flexibility, agility, and endurance and not just strength. Try studios like Fitness Cell Collective or Exceed Physical Culture in NYC, where they include elements of CrossFit with other exercises like rowing, skiing, and other cardio-vascular strengthening exercises.
2. The superfluous love for Kale.
I’m not saying kale should be removed from your diet. In fact, I love kale as much as the next person. I’m only asking you to explore other super foods like spinach, collard greens, açaí, chia seeds, goji berries and more in 2015. Get creative!
1. See-through yoga pants.
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One particular athletic brand got a lot of heat for producing see-through yoga pants in 2013 and spent 2014 doing damage control. But they’re not the only ones guilty. Women all around us are still wearing see-thru yoga “pants” due to poor manufacturing or wearing tights too-small. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve witnessed someone’s va-jay-jay while in downward dog. It’s not attractive. Since the athleisure trend is here to stay, I beg of you: please wear appropriate leggings/pants, not tights (there’s a difference). And if you plan on wearing yoga pants to work, as I often do, please pair them with a sweat dress or shirt long enough to cover your entire butt.
Here’s how to test if your yoga pants or leggings are see-thru: Squat your butt to the ground. Check your knee area. Can you see hints of your flesh? Then it’s most likely that someone can see through your pants! In this case, please either change your bottoms or wear a sweater dress or shirt that COVERS your butt.
Time to sound off: What did I miss? What are some fitness and health trends that you’d like to see gone in 2015? Or maybe something that should stay?