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The Future of Fitness 6

Posted on August 08, 2013 by Daniel Lofthouse
Events like the Tough Mudder help fitness buffs get back to the basics.

Events like the Tough Mudder help fitness buffs get back to the basics.

Fitness technology is unarguably developing at an exciting pace: Mobile phones, such as the Samsung S4 are able to provide a holistic record of your sleeping patterns, daily exercise output, heart rate and more. Garmin watches can track how fast and how far you run. Of course, the gym remains the place that harnesses the latest of technology all under one roof.

Yet, alongside the penchant for virtual personal trainers and hyperreal fabrics, there exists a demand for more classic, tried and tested approaches to exercise. This might be a reflection of the fact that technology, with its obvious advantages, remains potentially unreliable. Moreover, the latest technology advancements can be alienating, or simply distracting from the enjoyment of recreational exercise. The appeal of this informed ‘back to basics’ approach is evident in the continual revival of fitness classes. Classes such as circuit training, spinning, bootcamp and dance have increased in popularity due to a demand for creative, rather than innovative, exercise options. Similarly, traditional endurance events, such as the Tough Mudder challenge reflect this desire for fuss- free programs that guarantee results. Read the rest of this entry →

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