Which of these crazy fitness fads were you a part of?

When it comes to new fitness fads, there’s always something crazy that enters our gyms and exercise classes every so often. Join us as we remember some of the past decade’s strangest fitness fads…

A new form of running

A new running revolution started in 2010 when a community of runners decided to trade their trainers in for running socks.

In 2010, a group of runners made the decision to swap their running shoes for a type of running ‘sock’. Those who supported the fitness fad said that running in trainers or running shoes can make you more prone to injury, as it encourages running with unnatural form. It’s also said that running barefoot strengthens the tiny muscles found in feet, ankles and legs which can also reduce the risk of injury.

There are still some participants of the sport. However, if you’re considering it, you should be careful. Experts have said that switching to barefoot running without properly transitioning makes you prone to injuries. Only try this one if you’re willing to practise walking barefoot before running.

Heeled workouts

Did you know that exercising in high heels has been found to offer various benefits? Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape.

Swap your workout trainers for high heels and perform lunges, squats and lift small weights to feel the benefit. Your balance can also be enhanced. It hasn’t been fully determined whether wearing high-heels for a workout can result in weight loss, but it can help you learn how to walk better in them.

The fad of hot barre

Have you heard of ‘hot barre’? It’s the fitness craze that first became popular across Los Angeles and New York. This trend involves doing classical ballet moves in a room heated to 40 degrees, and it took off around 2015. Advocates of the fad say that hot barre encourages you to gain a deeper stretch while helping you release toxins and feel detoxed. Then, as the body has to work hard to cool itself down, you can expect your metabolism to boost and number of burnt calories to increase.

Today, there are some derivatives of the craze such as ‘hot yoga’ classes that take place today. This is where classic mindfulness movements are performed in a heated pod — a guaranteed sweat stimulator.


At the start of 2018, ploggers took to the street and some people haven’t looked back since. Plogging a Scandinavian-based trend that encourages people to pick up litter while out running — improving health and the environment.

What is the word a derivative from? The word jogging along with the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp’ — meaning pick up — is where the term ‘plogging’ originates. The exercise part comes from running with intermittent squatting and lunging so you can pick up rubbish from the ground. It is an effective calorie burner too — fitness app Lifesum estimates that a typical user will burn 288 calories from 30 minutes of plogging.

The trend is all over social media too. Head to Facebook or Instagram and don’t be surprised to see images of people in running gear with plastic bags ready to fill with litter. Could we see this trend become widespread sometime soon?

Which weird fitness fads can we expect in 2019? Only time will tell!

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