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2017’s Hottest Fitness Trends Put Equinox at the Center of Life-Changing Convenience

BY // 01.11.17

The New Year is often a time for people to tackle a new fitness regimen, and rightfully so; why not embark on a new calendar year with a refreshed outlook on health and wellness. Of course, shifting gears can be a constant struggle.

We’ve all been there — vowing to up our exercise game on Jan. 1, only to abandon said regimen months later. Fortunately, 2017 is bringing myriad methods that even the most fickle can dominate.

So break out your most fly athleisure gear. PaperCity is partnering with Equinox, one of the country’s premier fitness clubs located in Houston’s River Oaks District, to bring you our five favorite fitness trends of 2017.

Following the explosion of wearable tech and fitness-centric apps, tracking your own progress has become a vital tool in many exercise regimens. Twenty-seventeen is showcasing upgraded gear, with everything from the Garmin Vivosport HR +, which showcases GPS tracking and 24/7 heart-rate monitoring and the Jawbone UP3 specializing in sleep tracking to the Misfit Shine 2, an action clip that connects to your shoes and the Moov Now, which was voted the best fitness tracker for getting in shape at the 2016 Wearable Tech Awards. (Yes, that’s is a real thing.)

Not to mention both Apple and Samsung have branched into the wearable tech game with bands of their own — the Apple Watch and the Samsung Grow Fit 2.

But its not just tech companies getting in on the action. Equinox developed its own app for members — aiding in a more personalized workout experience — which tracks data acquired from classes and workouts you participate in at the gym.

Members can also utilize the app to book classes; create a workout and training schedule; view their activity; engage in connected cycling and running; book spa and personal training sessions; and connect to the Apple Health app, which enables additional connections to various wearables (Fitbit, Jawbone, etc).

Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to attend an hour-long workout class. Luckily, many gyms are trending toward cutting class times in half — that’s right, the 30-minute workout may soon become the new normal.

Equinox is ringing in 2017 with Firestarter, a new class featuring 30 minutes of high intensity interval training resulting in maximum heart rates and ultimate calorie burning.

The class is now available at Equinox River Oaks on Mondays at 10:30 am, Tuesdays at 5 pm, Thursdays at 5:30 am, and Sundays at 10:30 am.

In 2017, we’re stepping into the ring to box our way to peak #fitnessgoals. A favorite of models such as Gigi Hadid and Joan Smalls, boxing not only offers an intense physical workout, but it flexes the mental muscles as well. Not to mention after a few classes, you’ll be able to throw a mean uppercut.

“People might think that because I’m skinny and tall, I’m fragile, but I always knew I wasn’t. And it’s comforting to know that I can throw a proper punch if I have to,” Small told SELF magazine.

If your nearest boxing gym is too hardcore for your taste, rock the ring at Equinox’s popular boxing class, The Cut, which pairs energizing music with a full-body boxing workout.

In this thriving digital age, it only makes sense that fitness instruction would eventually make its way online. If there’s one thing more convenient that a 30-minute workout class, its a digital exercise session that can be found in merely five seconds with just one click.

Personal trainers and fitness instructors have taken to digital channels including Facebook Live, Instagram, and Snapchat to offer free and low-cost classes to a new audience which often includes thousands or sometimes millions of viewers.

Not to be left behind, Equinox is also stepping into the online fitness landscape with its wellness website Furthermore, which offers myriad video workouts including “The Long Workout Warm-up,” “Six Creative Takes on the Plank,” “The Stretching Series,” and “Posterior Perfect.” The site also features nutritional recipes, fitness style, interviews, workout playlists, and more.

As science advances, it’s becoming more clear that good sleeping habits are the cornerstone of any fitness regimen. In fact, research published in the Anals of Internal Medicine details how lack of sleep has the power to reduce and sometimes reverse the effects of diet and exercise.

Studies also show that sleep deprivation alters your fat cells and increases your food cravings. Equinox is at the forefront of sleep research and will soon be integrating sleep consultations into its personal training program alongside rigorous brain training.


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