Fitness Fads


I’m having a hard time believing that we’re in January of a new year. What happened to 2017? How did I not finish everything I set out to do? Well, it is a new year. And there are some things that I’m going to try out—and maybe permanently add to my routine.


I’m talking about fitness here. Although, there are plenty of career and personal goals that I’d like to accomplish as well. But, I hit 40 last year, and that was quite the kick in the pants!


I’ve taken my overall health for granted, and that has to stop.


I’ve had chronic issues from a car accident, and I have digestive issues from severe food allergies. However, I can keep these under control for the most part. I have flare-ups, but overall, I’m pretty healthy. I need to take the reins though, and ensure that I stay that way. As much as humanly possible, at least.


So, here are some things I’m going to try out in 2018 to improve my health and fitness.


Orangetheory Fitness


I’ll admit it, I haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet. I know many people that attend classes there, and now two of my closest friends teach at different locations. So, I really have no excuses. These places are just about everywhere!


Orangetheory is a fitness franchise that focuses on group training. Classes are structured so that you train cardiovascular and muscular fitness during the sessions. They use heart rate training to keep you motivated and seeing results. But, you can push as hard as you can, and not worry if the person next to you can go faster or harder. It’s about you!


Apparently, the classes are choreographed so that you are getting the same workout at any location each day of the week. So, you can hit up different locations, and you know what to expect.


You can buy memberships that allow you to workout a certain number of times each week, or I believe you can also buy packages. But, it looks like your first workout is free, so there’s no excuse not to give it a shot. I gotta get in there.


Barre Classes


I remember wanting to be a ballerina when I was a little girl. Well, I had one lesson and I decided it wasn’t for me. Mom switched me to tap and gymnastics—and I stayed there for a few years. But, I still love the ballet. The strength, flexibility and gracefulness are astounding!


Well, now there are barre studios and classes all over! Just search barre fitness, and look what pops up. I think it’s fun to try out a class, if it fits into your schedule and budget.


You get the motivation of a group workout, hands-on help so that you are getting the most from your sessions and may even make some new friends!


Why do it if you aren’t going to benefit from it?? If your budget is tight, or there are no classes in your area, you can do it online. There are quite a few to choose from. I tried Barre3 and found it very user-friendly, budget-friendly and it had a variety of classes to choose from. Give it a try!




I have a background in martial arts. I took karate and kickboxing for about four years through part of high school and college, and I loved it! I was fit and I learned how to defend myself—which was so empowering. I also made great friends. Now, my husband has really gotten into it. He started Krav Maga years ago, and then gave it up when we moved. A little over a year ago, he started again. He hits the gym in the morning and takes classes a few days per week in the evening. It’s a fantastic workout.


Currently, I’ve been seeing advertisements for a place called Jabz that is opening near me in Queen Creek, Arizona. Turns out it is a women’s only fitness franchise that uses boxing in a circuit-style format with resistance training to improve fitness. I’m intrigued.


They have multiple locations in AZ, and looks like one opening in New Jersey. I’m going to try this out next week, I think.


To find something near you, use good old Google, or whatever your favorite search engine is. I put in “boxing fitness” and numerous results popped up.


You won’t believe how many calories you can burn, or how your body will feel after a boxing or kickboxing workout.


New Endeavors


I think the key is just try something different in 2018. If you always do weight machines, try a class and the free weights. If you only run, try some cycling or bootcamp workouts.


Adding in new things to your fitness routine is not only going to get you better results, it will help strengthen your health as well. What are you going to try in 2018?



Bethany Kochan started her fitness career at a local women’s fitness center at 19 years of age. This part-time job lead to a career that over 20 years later, she still loves. Bethany earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale at the same time becoming certified as a group exercise instructor. After college, she pursued NSCA-CPT and CSCS, group cycling, mat Pilates and YogaFit certifications. In 2009, she and her husband made a big move across the country to pursue his dream job in the field of strength and conditioning. At this point, Bethany began writing and training online to be both with her husband and the fitness industry. Today, the Kochans split their time between AZ and CA, pursuing their passions and enjoying life together with their two rescue Weimaraners.