How we’ll be getting fit for the next 12 months

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Zumba and boot camps were the clear winners in 2012, but what do the next 12 months have in store to help us burn those Christmas calories?

One option is bodyweight training. This involves replacing the dumbbells with your body’s own weight. Bodyweight exercises are easier on joints and allow for a wider range of movement than traditional weights allow.

You’ll get everything you would from using weighted equipment, but with less risk of injury, leaving you with a strong and toned body.

Doubtful? Just look at the lean and muscular upper bodies of gymnasts. Bodyweight training is their secret weapon.

With no paraphernalia involved, bodyweight training can be done anywhere you have enough room to lie down.

To get started, ask a trainer at your local gym to show you a few techniques.

Some fitness techniques combine the toning and meditative experience of mind-based styles with fitness and fat burning exercise.

The yoga-loving US has gone bonkers for combining their favourite relaxing pastime with strength and aerobic exercise.

One American hit is Cy-Yo, a one-hour workout combining 10 minutes of yoga, 40 minutes of speed cycling on a stationary bike, then 10 more minutes of yoga.

You get benefits of both exercises – a cardio workout from the cycling and a lean, toning element from yoga – as well as the chance to refocus the mind and calm down.

This is still relatively new in the UK, but it’s worth asking fitness instructors to look into starting a programme.

Otherwise, learn a few basic yoga moves and practise them around your more strenuous workouts.

New exercise crazes are increasingly combining existing sports and fitness styles – sort of the gym equivalent of the Labradoodle.

Pilates and boxing (Piloxing) has already made its debut, but the new craze from across The Pond is the Lithe Method – a blend of aerobics and strength training exercises created by an ex-cheerleader.

Mixing up workouts pushes your body to work all key components. The Lithe Method burns fat and sculpts muscle all over by focusing on a different body part in each session.

It has yet to hit our shores, but if the popularity of the classes in New York has anything to do with it, classes should start popping up later in 2013.

Something that has reached the UK is HIIT.

Don’t let the name put you off – HIIT, or high intensity interval training, involves short bursts of intense exercise with breaks in between. Think circuit training, but with less memories of PE classes and more chances to catch your breath.

HIIT burns calories and kicks your body’s repair cycle into action, meaning you keep burning fat and calories for 24 hours after the session.

Any gym or personal trainer should be able to create a routine for you, but while biking, rope jumping and rowing are all great for HIIT, you don’t actually need any equipment – anything that gets your heart rate going works.

Or you could try Kranking. Imagine a spinning class where the pedalling is done with your arms and you have the idea.

Moving your arms for 30 minutes might not sound like an exercise class, but this is a serious workout.

Proven to burn as many calories in half an hour as a run at a 10 minute mile pace (270), Kranking will burn fat and banish those bingo wings.

Most UK gyms have a Kranking machine alongside the treadmills and cross-trainers.

Another piece of equipment is the Jacobs Ladder.

Invented for those recovering from injury (back, knee, hip), this is a revolving ladder set at a 40 degree incline, similar to a StairMaster.

Each climbing stroke forces you into a long, dynamic move ensuring a full range of motion, working multiple muscle groups at one time.

Soho gyms and selected Fitness First locations are trialling the classes this year.