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New Fitness Trends Help Meet Goals

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MARYLAND - We're just two months into the new year, and if you've made a New Year's resolution to lose weight, get in shape or anything else along those lines, Forbes reported that just eight percent of people make it to the end of the year.

So, with warm weather just around the corner, there are a few new things in the fitness world that could help you keep your resolution and health goals.

"Most people today when they get in shape, they measure everything in pounds," said Chris Antonio, personal trainer and owner of Rehoboth Bod Pod.

"The problem with that is pounds are pounds. It doesn't mean you're loosing body fat, you could actually be loosing lean tissue. And if you loose lean tissue, you could be slowing your metabolism."

One way to get a good sense of what portion of your body is fat versus other mass, is with the Bod Pod, a futuristic looking machine that breaks down your physical make up.

"To a scientific degree, it is the most accurate way to measure body fat," Antonio said.

The machine - the only locally, privately owned Bod Pod on Delmarva - evaluates height, weight, muscle mass and other free mass, (like bones and internal organs) against fat content. It's used by university athletic programs, the NFL combine that's currently underway, and even the "Biggest Looser."

The numbers are then ranked in six categories, from Risky (Low Body Fat) to the other end of Risky (High Body Fat).

According to the analysis, I ranked moderately lean, with a fat level that's generally acceptable for health. But, using just my height and weight, I fall into the obese category of the National Institutes of Health's Body Mass Index.

When it comes to burning some of that fat mass, fitness classes like yoga and pilates are no longer trendy. It's the High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT classes that are in.

"It's intervals that are set up to maximize your heart rate," said Scott Ousley, trainer at S.W.E.A.T. Salisbury.

Activities like S.W.E.A.T. or Crossfit raise your heart rate to very high levels for about 60 seconds, followed by a short break.

"This manipulation of your heart rate will actually boost your metabolism and your fat burning potential, much more than any other activity," Ousley said.

If you can't get to a class, HIIT workouts are easy to do at-home, with things like pushups, squat jumps and even sitting against the wall. Ousley adds that the key to workout success is switching up those components in an ongoing routine to use a wide range of muscles.

For more information on the Bod Pod, visit www.antoniostraining.com/bod-pod, or email RehobothBodPod@gmail.com.

For more information on S.W.E.A.T., visit http://sweatone.com

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