The fitness world is full of ever-emerging trends—so much so, that it can be difficult to distinguish between those workout regimens that are genuinely beneficial for health and longevity and those that are simply fads waiting to die out.
During the month of June, we here at BlueRidgeOutdoors.com are taking some of the guesswork out of choosing the next best workout program by sending BRO team members and fitness corespondents out into the wild to test the latest and greatest programs that the fitness industry has to offer.
Along the way, we will be analyzing everything from High Intensity Interval Training-based workouts to studio cycling classes that incorporate body weight exercises and elements of CrossFit. We want to know which of the newest fitness trends align best with outdoor-oriented adventurers like you and to figure out how they can make your performance in the great outdoors even better.
Account Executive Martha Evans will be putting her body on the line all month at Asheville’s OrangeTheory Fitness, where she will engage in a heart-rate monitored, high-intensity workout that the company claims “is scientifically designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that spikes metabolism and increases energy.” Stay tuned for updates on Martha’s journey through the OrangeTheory Fitness program.
Digital Editor Travis Hall will be testing his cycling chops at CycleBar in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. Travis hopes that sticking to these team-oriented, 50 minute spin classes at least three days a week will improve his performance on local single-track trails.
Digital Publisher Dusty Allison is taking on a unique challenge at an Asheville-based gym called Well.Fit Asheville—an indoor group cycling studio that allows members to couple cycling with the benefits of a Navy SEAL-developed body weight training technique called TRX.
We will also be sending fitness correspondents to MADabolic, where the name of the game is developing peak athletic performance through the use of intense exercises that utilize natural human movements, and Hard Exercise Works, which starts with a 5-day-a-week, 5-week boot camp program.
All the while, our staff members and fitness corespondents will be providing updates on their progress in their respective courses, letting readers know whether or not they are reaching their personal fitness goals, and pointing out ways in which these regimens are beneficial or non-beneficial to the outdoor-oriented lifestyle.
Stay tuned for more updates, and let us know about your favorite workout regimens in the comment thread below!