From flamenco to yoga dancing: FIBO shows the trends in group fitness
FIBO 2018 Group Fitness
When having fun and shared success while exercising is what matters most, appealing group fitness concepts are the obvious choice. Every year, new formats are introduced to the market that are sure to excite customers and offer new options for studio operators to acquire new clients. Whether it’s dance styles from around the world, elements from yoga and martial arts, or simply “shaking your booty” in order to get fit, FIBO will showcase the latest trends for every taste in its group fitness area in Hall 4.1. It’s the perfect opportunity for studio operators and trainers to see new workouts live in action and try out their potential with exercisers.
twerXout, a workout based on twerking, is about more than just “shaking your booty”. The dance style, which revolves around circular and jerky hip movements, is particularly challenging for the leg muscles. Famous from the music scene and popular with celebrities, the dance style is now hitting fitness studios. twerXout will be presented at FIBO for the first time this year.
When fitness meets flamenco, you get Olefit. The workout is based on the traditional Spanish rhythms of the flamenco, specifically rumba and bulería. The goal: having fun, unwinding and, almost as an aside, strengthening the muscular system and enhancing cardiopulmonary skills and coordination. The new workout was developed at the renowned flamenco school in Chicago by the internationally acclaimed Spanish dancer Paloma Gómez and her husband Luis Lorente.
The perfect blend of yoga and dance is IFAA DAYO. Classic yoga elements fuse with dance steps, training methods from the East with those of the West. The focus is on fluid movements based on full-body exercises that equally improve strength, body posture, flexibility, balance and coordination.
smovey uses a “swing ring” to challenge participants. It consists of a 500-gram spiral tube containing four steel spheres. The centrifugal forces created by swinging increase the mass many times over. By stimulating the core muscles, the vibrations stabilise the spine and joints. What’s more, their effect can reach all the way to the motor centre of the brain, which can also help people suffering from Parkinson’s. In addition, the device is deployed in physiotherapy to support healing processes. A variety of different programmes, including smoveyDANCE, smoveyYOUNG, smoveyFIT and smoveyCARE, are designed to appeal to all age groups, from children to seniors.
Indoor, outdoor, classes: ACROBO® combines classic fitness studio offerings in workout and class areas as well as outdoors. Exercisers work out using their own body weight. As a group fitness class system, the interval workout is set to music and takes place on two small bars. In the equipment area of the gym, ACROBO® includes various exercises on equipment or entirely without equipment; they cover the areas of muscular fitness, balance perception and control, and high-intensity cardiovascular training. Taking their cues from indoor training, outdoor workouts are staged on fitness trails in the forest and on playgrounds.
“Tôsô” is Japanese and refers to the struggle with (certain) things and circumstances. The IFAA TôsôX workout combines traditional Asian martial arts with modern cardio and functional training elements. Kicks and punches meet new combinations and a variety of class formats. Thanks to TôsôX’s technical training and demanding high-intensity X challenges, the concept appeals equally to beginners and first-time class participants and to professionals. A colour-based band concept lets class participants visually identify their training level.
Zumba – a perennial favourite
Returning yet again to FIBO will be ZUMBA, which has become an integral part of the fitness landscape. STRONG by Zumba will also be featured on stage. Based on high-intensity interval training and set to motivating music, this demanding workout is focussed on functional full-body training using the exercisers own body weight. It challenges the entire muscular system. Plus, the STRONG by Zumba Fitness Challenge will be making its debut at the trade show, pitting visitors and ZUMBA trainers against each other in a battle of push ups, burpees, squats and planks.
The great big world of group fitness
SALSATION®, another workout returning to FIBO, is all about Latin American music. SALSATION® is based on functional training with a very strong focus on musicality and lyrical expression. IFAA Dancit® - by Christian Polanc is workout and dance class in one. Sweat-inducing leaps and jumps is what exercisers do in both Kangoo Jumps training and at the jumping Fitness AG and Jumping® Fitness. IFAA NIM - by Christiane Figura, meanwhile, is betting on natural motor movements from early childhood. IFAA will also present M.A.X.® Muscle Activity Excellence and Power Dumbell® HIIT. With XBT, another martial arts-based class concept will be featured, as will the rock workout POUND, an intense full-body training with drumsticks.
It’s the world’s largest international trade show for fitness, wellness and health: the industry’s key players come together at FIBO in Cologne. This is where innovations are launched. This is where international trends are set. This is where the industry comes to invest. Some 1,019 companies from 49 nations participated in 2017, meeting more than 150,000 trade and private visitors from around the globe. In 2018, FIBO will take place at the Exhibition Centre Cologne from 12 to 15 April. Kicking off the trade show on 11 April 2018 will be the 5th European Health & Fitness Forum, a meeting of about 400 leading representatives of the European fitness sector.
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