Why we are seeing less cardio equipment in our fitness centres!
Remember the early 2000’s in gyms? It was full of treadm
ills, bikes and steppers and the occasional rower! Where are they all now? We slowly transitioned to ellipticals, WaterRowers and “cardio theatres” to try and make it a little more interesting yet somehow the interest was lost, an
d the traditional gym membership began to decline!
Why? Gyms and fitness facilities understood the exercise platform was changing, consumers were given more choice yet less time, and the great outdoors was even back in fashion!
Here’s the Cardio-know!
- The introduction of HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training has been the newly found Exercise Hit of the last 5 years, WHY? Because it’s time efficient, it creates the greatest increasesin cardio vascular fitness (or VO2MAX) in the shortest space of time, increases cellular responses to insulin meaning better use of carbohydrates and burns the most number of calories in a short period of time meaning it efficient and effective. It also means that treadmills are almost redundant as the transition from high intensity (e.g. 12 km per hour) to recovery (5km per hour) takes time for the belt to change speed and therefore less efficient than more innovative equipment like sleds and battle ropes.
- The rise of specialised Group fitness producing amazing results without traditional cardio equipment: The likes of indoor group fitness studios like CrossFit, F45 and 12 rounds are creating fitness communities and results by combining functional movement patterns with high intensity cardio based exercises like battle ropes, slam balls, hurdles, sleds and boxing.
- More Structure in a time poor society: whether it be personal training or group fitness we recognise the advantages of outsourcing our wellness needs. This ensures our sessions are structured and time efficient, there’s no more walking around a gym aimlessly or watching Oprah whilst trying to get fit! Trainers know the best results both mentally and physically come from sessions clients couldn’t do by or for themselves.
- The Great Outdoors are back: Ever wondered why it’s always harder to run outdoors than on a treadmill? That’s because when you run on a treadmill you are propelled slightly forward by the moving belt as opposed to outdoors where you need to land and push off again using more muscle groups (like your booty) and more calories! Running or walking outdoors requires more neural recruitment and more core muscles, heck who doesn’t want better booty or abs?
- We like the idea of incidental exercise over walking in a treadmill for hours. Thanks to the new stats, 10,000 steps is the magic number and can be done in bursts or one hit! The value of simply walking 10,000 steps per day means we increase our calorie expenditure, burn more fat for fuel and costs nothing but effort! That’s great news for both our bodies and our wallets.
Now who wants to swap a second-hand treadmill for a HR monitor for real results.
Katie is a well-known speaker, lecturer and presenter within the wellness arena and has just launched the Trip Advisor for wellness here in Sydney, Global Lip Service.
Her passion is people, wellness and education and believes great educators can transpire information in its most simple form with passion and motivation