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Fitness trends that were a huge hit in 2018

This year saw the rise of the Pilates and TRX, plogging too gained momentum. With the year coming to an end, we bring you the most popular fitness trends of 2018.

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Here are the top fitness trends of 2018. (Source: Getty Images)

Fitness these days is not just limited to bodybuilding. Thanks to growing consciousness and awareness about fitness and lifestyle habits, more and more people are now investing their time and energy into regular workout regimes. This year saw the rise of the Pilates and TRX, plogging too gained momentum.

With the year coming to an end, we bring you the most popular fitness trends of 2018:

Reformer

The reformer found its fan in celebs like Malaika Arora, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha among others. Known to improve balance and increase strength and flexibility, looks like the reformer is here to stay.

Here are some benefits of working out on a reformer.

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* Working out on a reformer helps to improve posture, control movements and is known to give relief from back pain as well.

* It engages the core muscles, known as the powerhouse muscles, that helps in strength building.

* Body toning is one of the most popular benefits and perhaps that’s why we see a lot of celebrities working out on the reformer. Some areas that are largely focused on are abs, back, buttocks and thighs.

* A reformer has sufficient surface area that it can accommodate a wide range of motion and that is why it is a great option for increasing flexibility.

* Since a reformer has a rolling carriage, the instability of it challenges one’s stability movements, which help to build core strength and better balance.

TRX

Short for Total Body Resistance Exercise, TRX is a body suspension exercise technique that uses your own body weight to build, burn, tone and strengthen. The good part is, no matter what fitness level you are in, the TRX is always a good way to start your fitness journey.

Plogging

While most people invest quality time in fitness, some of them have found a way to club it with serving a social cause. The year has seen an interesting trend taking over, namely plogging, in which people go on a walk or a jog and pick up litter on their way. Said to have originated late last year in Sweden, the idea took over social media (especially Instagram) and was soon adopted in the UK, US, and even India.

Body weight training

Ditching heavyweight equipment, more and more people are making a shift to exercises that can be performed without extra weights. Using their own body weight to get in shape, high intensity cardio exercises have gained popularity.

Did you try any of these trends this year?