One of the biggest trend of the year in clean eating. The problem is no one knows exactly what that is. There are laid off different explanations out there. These include not eating processed food, refined sugars, dairy and food combinations. Some even prohibit anything that would not have been available to prehistoric man! If you are finding this all too confusing then some simple healthier eating advice, might just save your bacon! You probably won’t be allowed too much bacon, though – sorry!
While some bodybuilders reduced their fluid intake before a competition to get better definition or ‘cut’, we know better now. Limiting fluid intake can cause dehydration and severely stress the heart and liver, causing long-term health damage.
If you’re not already, make sure that you train in a gym that has a regular water delivery so you can stay hydrated and get more use of your workout.
Another trend that has exploded in fitness this year is HIIT or high-intensity interval training. If you haven’t tried it yet, it is a big interval of very hard work, with small active breaks in between. It’s been proved to be at least 50 % more efficient than regular exercise and is perfect for overall health as well as burning fat. If this sounds like some you’d like to have a go at check out these video on Youtube here, or attend a class at your local gym.
Ahhhh, protein, the men’s health and fitness stalwart. One of the biggest trend of this year, like last year, is still to increase your protein consumption to build muscle. In fact, if you are seen at the gym without a shake or bar, people may shun you!
But of course, like any other trend in fitness, there is always some controversy. Some proteins have been found to contain heavy metals. While some experts say, the powders are heated and processed too much to have any real benefit to the body. Then you have the whole food crew suggesting that you need to get all of your protein from the grip that you eat. But this can cause an issue for the vegetarians because they can’t always get the full chain amino acids that they need from plant based sources. So before you decide to go the protein route make sure that you research it thoroughly and pick one that is suitable for you.
Lastly, a mega trend this year in fitness training is the Battle Rope. Two heavy lengths of ropes are tethered to something very stable at one end, and you grab them by the other end. Then depending on how you move your arms the ropes will also move.
Don’t be fooled if this looks easy from an observer’s point of view. If the sweat that is coming off the guys that are doing it is real, then it’s a darn sight harder than it looks and a good workout to boot.