The Top 10 Workouts of 2016 According to Google
Last Updated: Dec 14, 2016
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Thanks to the internet, you have access to a seemingly unending supply of workouts. And thanks to our friends at Google, we were able to take a peek at the top 10 workout searches. From a trendy fitness DVD program to workouts tailored to toning your trouble zones, you may be surprised by some of the most-searched workout terms for 2016.
The secret to making your workouts a habit? Finding a fun, fresh way to work up a sweat. And Beachbody's CIZE is certainly that. Think you don't have the moves? Charismatic choreographer Shawn T will definitely help you unleash your inner performer. The program features six calorie-torching dance workouts set to upbeat pop songs from Timbaland, Bruno Mars and Ariana Grande.
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ROTATOR CUFF EXERCISES
Shocked to find such a specific body part coming in second on the list? If you've ever injured your rotator cuff, you know just how important it is to your everyday mobility. In fact, a 2011 article in American Family Physician reports that the rotator cuff is responsible for more than 65 percent of shoulder pain. Prevent the pain before it starts by strengthening your shoulders.
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8-MINUTE BACK WORKOUT
It feels like we're all a bit short on time these days. So squeezing in a good workout in only eight minutes is just what our busy schedules need. Whether you're trying to look sexy in a low-back dress, looking to prevent the all-too-common lower back injury or just need a break from sitting all day, focusing on your back is never a bad idea.
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STEVE REEVES WORKOUT
Forget the 'roided out bodybuilders you see today. Old-school bodybuilder Steve Reeves relied on good old-fashioned gym sessions (with lots of compound movements) to sculpt his Greek god-like physique. The crux of his routine focused on full-body workouts three times per week. Each session included usually three sets of eight to 12 reps of exercises like upright rows, squats, deadlifts, bench press and triceps press downs.
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Bat wings, bingo arms, flabby arms. Whatever you call 'em, you want to tone 'em. And while you can't spot reduce (sorry!), you can certainly tone your triceps while sticking to a fat-loss plan of cardio, full-body strength training and good nutrition. Why not try these eight exercises to help tame a trouble zone?
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Strength is measured in weight and character
Is there anything quite like the day after leg day? You know, when facing down a staircase seems like a Herculean task. Thanks to large muscles like your glutes and quads, you can push yourself hard in your lower-body workouts... As long as you're prepared for the inevitable (and dreaded) delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS in gym speak). Squats, lunges and deadlifts are the obvious go-tos, but check out these 12 leg exercises, too.
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Seems like the shoulders got a lot of search love this year, taking up two spots on the top 10 list (see #2 for rotator cuff exercises). Maybe they're finally getting the attention they deserve. Just think about all the things you shoulders do for you in a given day (grabbing things off the top shelf, supporting a backpack or purse, not to mention keeping your arms attached to your body), and it's no wonder keeping them strong is a priority.
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Abdominal plate training core group at gym
No doubt the abundance of ab selfies on Instagram and our obsession with six-pack abs contributed heavily to this one making the list. But sculpted abs aren't just nice to look at. Having a strong core is important for staying fit and injury-free. From obvious ab exercises like V-ups and mountain climbers to less obvious ones like burpees and deadlifts, there are a ton of way to get the abs of your dreams.
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Kettlebells swing exercise man and woman workout at gym
Tailoring your workouts to your body is essential for seeing results. So it makes sense to see this as a trend this year. Ectomorphs are tall and thin and often referred to as “hard gainers,” as it's not as easy for them to put on muscle mass. That's why it's important that they focus more heavily on strength training and ease back on the cardio.
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While this search term may conjure up images of the Shake Weight and grip strengtheners, it looks like lots of people out there were curious how to strengthen an often overlooked muscle. So why train your forearms? For starters, forearm strength contributes to the strength in the rest of your arm and improves your grip for exercises like deadlifts, biceps curls and power cleans. While there are a few isolation exercises, it's important to put together a routine the targets your entire arm.
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Brunette drinking water in fitness class after training
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Did you search for any of these workouts this year? Which ones? Were there other workouts or fitness trends you were interested in? Which of the ones on the list surprised you the most? Were there trends you expected to make the list but didn't see? Join the conversation in the comments below!
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