WHAT IS IT? Replace dumbbells with your body’s own weight. Bodyweight exercises are easier on your joints and allow for a wider range of movement than traditional weights do.
BENEFITS You’ll get everything you would from using weighted equipment, but with less risk of injury, leaving you with a strong and toned body. Doubtful? Just look at the lean and muscular upper bodies of gymnasts – bodyweight training is their secret weapon.
WHAT IS IT? Don’t let the name put you off – HIIT, or high intensity interval training, involves short bursts of intense exercise with breaks in between. Think circuit training, but with fewer traumatic memories of school PE classes and more chances to catch your breath.
BENEFITS HIIT burns calories and kicks your body’s repair cycle into action, meaning you keep burning fat and calories for 24 hours after the session.
WHAT IS IT? TRX is (rather tenuously) an acronym for Total body Resistance eXercise and involves a simple light-weight harness made up of nylon straps and a metal frame which is used to move your body into different positions for working various muscle groups.
BENEFITS With more than 300 different exercises possible with the TRX – think pull-ups, bicep curls and deltoid raises – you’re getting a low-impact workout with plenty of toning. Designed as a go-anywhere workout tool, the harness can be attached to any elevated structure – a tree branch outside, or a door frame inside. You’ll burn 400 to 600 calories in a class.