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2014 fitness trends you need to know about

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Looking for a few new ways to get in shape in 2014? The American College of Sports Medicine recently released a list of what's hot - and what's not - in the world of fitness. These are a few of the workouts you should be doing if you want to lose weight or get lean and strong in the new year.

Best workouts for 2014

  • HIIT Training. If you don't have hours to spend at the gym and you are healthy enough for vigorous activity, then high intensity interval training needs to be on your schedule at least 2-3 times per week. You can sprint on a treadmill to get the job done or do a Tabata-style workout for more variety.
  • Functional Training. Even though functional fitness sounds like something designed only for unfit individuals or people with injuries, it's not. In fact, every athlete, weekend warrior and gym rat should do some form of functional training in the weight room. It will help you to burn more calories all day long (even when you're not exercising) and remain injury free so that your training is never derailed.
  • Body weight training. What's the most effective tool for gaining strength and improving your athletic potential? Your own body weight. And it's free! You don't have to belong to a gym or hire a hire-priced personal trainer to do effective body weight workouts at home.

Of course, this is only a partial list of the top trending workouts. But if you are a regular exerciser, these are the three that need to be included in your balanced workout program. Check out the full list of fitness trends at ACSM.org.

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