• Participants in a Wellness Center yoga class hold the “bound tiger” pose to strengthen the back and core muscles
  • HCM Wellness Center personal trainers include front row, from left, Leigh Dempsey and Lindsay Constantine; middle row, Christine McCown, Brandyn Quay, Jessie Aleman, Kim Behrends, Diane Patteson; back row, Shannon Maenius. — Submitted photo

New year, new you

Hill County Memorial Wellness Center offers top fitness trends of 2018

For the New Year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released the top 10 worldwide fitness trends for 2018, and Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center Director John Phelps said the local fitness and aquatic center offers them all.

The ACSM Health and Fitness Journal reported the 2018 trends are based on surveys completed by more than 1,800 ACSM health and fitness professionals worldwide.

Phelps said the Wellness Center has been able to stay ahead of trends by maintaining a holistic approach to fitness since 1992.

“Our staff is dedicated to building relationships with our community to ensure the Wellness Center’s offerings meet the needs and desires of our members and community,” said Phelps.

“It’s important to assess your overall needs to determine a comprehensive fitness plan,” said Jessie Aleman, Wellness Center Operations Director. “The Wellness Center’s diverse menu of exercise options and trained wellness professionals help you create your plan from your initial assessment to exercise plans and nutritional counseling.”

“The Wellness Center incorporates every 2018 fitness trend into our weekly menu of 61 group exercise classes,” said Shannon Maenius, lead trainer. “Our team of 15 certified and experienced personal trainers and group fitness instructors offers a range of exercise options to empower your wellness success.”

ACSM top 10 fitness trends for 2018 includes:

• High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves short bursts of maximum effort intensity followed by a short recovery period.

Many of the Wellness Center’s land and aquatic classes incorporate HIIT training, such as the Lunch Express class on Tuesday and Thursday from 12-12:30 p.m.

• Group training is designed for classes of more than five participants led by an instructor. The Wellness Center offers 61 group classes weekly, including indoor cycling and rowing, TRX and strength, boot camp, Sit to Be Fit, yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates, dance classes such as Zumba, step aerobics and various aquatic classes such as BogaFit and Master Swim.

Instructors simultaneously motivate people of different fitness levels.

• Wearable technology includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS devices. The Wellness Center pro shop sells FitBits, and trainers incorporate technological feedback into some coaching scenarios.

• Body weight training uses minimal equipment and gets “back to the basics” of fitness.

The Wellness Center’s personal trainers can design a home workout or basic gym routine that uses the body’s own weight to provide resistance.

• Strength training is a main component of physical fitness, with aerobic exercise and flexibility.

Most classes offered at the Wellness Center provide some type of strength training.

 

 

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