The Top 10 Workouts of 2017 According to Google
Last Updated: Dec 13, 2017
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What did you Google at the gym this year?
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Get ready for an upper-body burner.
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MURPH CROSSFIT WORKOUT
And the award for most searched workout on Google this year goes to — Murph! If you haven't heard of this
CrossFit workout before, get ready; it's a toughie. Named after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, the workout has become a Memorial Day fitness challenge in his honor, which raises money for his memorial scholarship fund.
So what does the workout entail? It starts and ends with running one mile. In between that, you're supposed to perform 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 squats. And if that doesn't sound like enough of a challenge for you (who are you, Superman? Wonder Woman?), the
official CrossFit website suggests doing the whole thing wearing a 20-pound weighted vest.
Read more: The 10 Most Common CrossFit Mistakes
Take your workout to new heights.
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What's a more fun way to get fit than bouncing and flying all over a fitness studio? Bungee workouts may not be in a ton of studios in the U.S. yet, but after landing in the second spot on this list, you can bet you'll be seeing more pop up in 2018. The workout caught the attention of Americans late in 2016 after a video of these
classes in Thailand made the rounds. In early 2017, Tough Lotus in Chandler, AZ, brought the trend stateside.
During these 75-minute classes, you're strapped into a harness that's attached to the ceiling while you run, leap and dance your way around the studio space. Each class is a mix of cardio and resistance training that also calls upon your acrobatic skills. It might be just the dose of lightheartedness you need to unleash your inner child shake up your fitness routine.
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You gotta give it your all in Tabata.
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It's not surprising to see Tabata on the list of top workout trends for 2017; HIIT has been the buzz of the fitness world for the past few years. If you're unfamiliar with Tabata, it's a type of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) created by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata.
It involves 20 seconds of max effort on a single exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Then you repeat that pattern for a total of eight rounds. And sure, while the thought of getting your day's workout done in just four minutes sounds like a dream come true, there's a caveat. To get all the amazing benefits of a Tabata workout, you need to go all-out for each of those 20 second rounds. And that's no easy feat!
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Use gravity to make your workout extra challenging!
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If you've seen those black and yellow straps hanging from the ceiling of your gym's group workout studio, you're already at least a little familiar with TRX. Like Tabata, it's been around for a while. But it looks like 2017 was quite the year for the suspension training system. TRX stands for Total Resistance eXercise and was created by former U.S. Navy SEAL, Randy Hetrick.
During a TRX class (or if you choose to incorporate it into your regular workouts), you use two straps hanging from the ceiling to perform a variety of body-weight exercises like push-ups, lunges, mountain climbers, inverted rows and planks. The challenge comes from the instability of being partially suspended. And every exercise becomes an ab exercise because of the extra core strength required to stabilize your body.
Read more: 16 TRX Moves for a Full-Body Workout
Burpees — they hurt so good!
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Burpees — the exercise that launched
a thousand memes. And not because they're so well liked. They've been the bane of people's workouts for a long time. But they're not just the favored torture strategy of personal trainers and group exercise instructors. They're a fantastic full-body exercise that gets your heart rate pumping.
Here's how to do them: Start standing with feet shoulder-width apart. Drop down so your hands are by your feet, and then jump your feet back so you're in a plank (top of a push-up). Then lower down into a push-up, raise back up to a plank and jump your feet back to your hands. From there, jump straight up, hands overhead, and land back on the ground with knees slightly bent. Now repeat!
Read more: 15 New Burpees You Must Try
Feel the burn with HIIT.
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HIIT WORKOUT ROUTINE
Looks like people double downed on
HIIT searches this year (see #3). So if you've been reading this list all the way through, you know that HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. And you also know that it involves bursts of exercise followed by a short rest period.
So what else is there to say? More generally, HIIT can be applied to pretty much any workout —
running, strength training, cycling, swimming, etc. And people love it because you burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. That's no reason to ditch your current workout completely, though, most trainers and fitness experts agree that a well-balanced fitness routine combines strength training, HIIT and LISS (low-intensity steady-state) cardio.
Read more: The 'Choose Your Own Adventure' HIIT Workout
Pilates + yoga = PiYo
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What do you get when you combine two incredibly popular workouts (Pilates and yoga)?
PiYo. Lead by Beachbody trainer Chalene Johnson, the wildly popular DVD workout series promises "No weights. No jumps. Just Hardcore Results." That's especially great for people who need an at-home workout they can do without any equipment or those with joint issues that need a low-impact option.
Each PiYo workout is around 25 to 45 minutes and combines the muscle-sculpting benefits of Pilates with the flexibility of yoga and non-stop, fluid movement. The 60-day program has workouts scheduled six days a week, but is designed to be accessible for all fitness levels.
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Stretch and strengthen your inner thighs.
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INNER THIGH WORKOUT
Someone call Suzanne Somers! We need a
ThighMaster STAT! Inner thigh workouts made it into the top 10 workout-related Google searches, and it could have something to do with social media's obsession with thigh gaps. But here's the truth: thigh gaps are based on genetics, not how fit you are and you can't spot reduce your trouble zones.
And any exercise you would do specifically for the inner thighs is just a variation on hip adduction (like lying on your side and lifting your bottom leg). However, exercises like squats and lunges target your entire lower body, and can thus help strengthen your inner thigh muscles at the same time. If you're looking for slimmer inner thighs, those are your best bet (plus a healthy diet and plenty of cardio).
Read more: Filling in the Gaps on Thigh Gap
Are you tough enough for this CrossFit workout?
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Don't feel bad if you needed to Google what the
17.2 workout is this year. It's nearly impossible to tell by the name alone. Unless you're a CrossFitter. Then you'd likely know that it's a workout created for the open portion of the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games, meaning that from February 22 to March 26, anyone and everyone could participate. The name refers to the year (2017) and the week (second).
Here's the workout: Start with two rounds of 50 feet of weighted walking lunges, 16 toes-to-bars and 8 power cleans. Followed by two rounds of 50 feet of weighted walking lunges, 16
bar muscle-ups and 8 power cleans. Keep going through these rounds and see how many you can complete in 12 minutes. (Note: Men should use 50-pound dumbbells and women should use 20-pound dumbbells.)
Read more: How to Tackle One of CrossFit's Hardest Exercises
Bicycle crunches are great for your obliques.
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Six-pack abs have long gotten the spotlight. So it's about time that the
obliques got some love, too. Your obliques are the muscles that run along the side of your torso and control bending and twisting. It's important that your workouts don't miss this important muscle, since it helps keep your core strong.
Some of the best exercises for your obliques are bicycle crunches, Russian twists, lateral bends and
side crunches. But if you're looking to shape your midsection or melt your muffin top, you'll nee more than these exercises. You'll need a healthy diet (and likely a caloric deficit) as well as regular cardio exercise.
Read more: 4 of the Best Exercises Your Obliques
Tell us what you think!
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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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