The Most Popular Fitness Trends Over the Past 6 Decades

Remember a time when people were exercising and weren’t trying to look for ways that they can look like models without doing any work and without even breaking a sweat? Yes, never. This exact strive to accomplish the impossible has given rise to many fitness trends over the years, some of which are flat out dangerous. The following list is in no particular order.

Hula Hooping

Hula Hooping

This was the exercise of the 1950’s. The trend took over when California toy Wham-O put a plastic version on the market. These days the toy, which you twirl around the waist, limbs or neck, is used for fun.

Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding

Who can Arnold Schwarzenegger as a young man? He arguably made bodybuilding famous. Lifting heavy weights became really popular in the ‘70s. The actor was probably the first really big star who changes his physique due to weightlifting.

Vibrating belts

Vibrating belts

People in the ‘60s were falling for the myth that you can do very little and be lazy while you are exercising. This is how the craze over vibrating bells came about. Maximum results for minimum effort is still a lie many people fall for. The best you can hope for with the belt is a light massage.

Aerobics

Aerobics

Aerobics and Jane Fonda are synonymous. She is often referred to as the “queen” or “mother” or aerobics; she certainly took the routine mainstream in the ‘80s. The videos are among the best-selling exercises videos of all time.

Sweatin’ to the Oldies

Sweatin’ to the Oldies

Remember Richard Simmons’ Sweatin’ to the Oldies from 1988? The routine is basically dancing to music. Who knows whether people actually mostly recall the workouts, the curls or the shorts…Or perhaps it was the energy with which he was doing it all.

Jazzercise

Jazzercise

As the name suggests, this is a workout that mixes jazz and some more conventional exercises such as cardio and resistance movesto create a full-body workout. The workout was founded in 1969 by Judi Sheppard Missett, but didn’t really take over by mid-1980s.

Nordic Track machine

Nordic Track machine

The 1980s were a booming time for the fitness industry. This machine is just another trend from back then. You probably don’t have to think for too long to remember someone who had the Nordic Track. This cross-country skiing device basically became the top fitness machine to own.

Marathon training

Marathon training

Over the last decade or so it seems like everyone is training for a marathon, a half-marathon or some other race. It’s great that people are taking up running, because its health benefits are seemingly endless, but it’s crucial that you don’t make training mistakes.

8-minute abs

8-minute abs

Abs were big in the ‘90s. This popular video from 1997 is taking you through 8 minutes of exercises designed to work different parts of your abdominal muscles. You had to do a lot of different crunches, even though this is an exercise some fitness experts say you it’s a waste of time.

Low-carb diets

Low-carb diets

Not eating a lot of carbs was a popular trend for years in the ‘90s. The body needs a combination of carbs, fat and protein to function properly. Too little of one and too much of another will throw its equilibrium off, resulting in malnourishment, weight gain and muscle loss. Carbohydrates are the body’s No. 1 go-to for fuel. Without it you will eventually lack energy, experience brain fog, and feel depressed and moody. This is not to say you have to eat pasta every day. Opt out for vegetables, fruits and whole grains as the best sources of carbs.

Abs roller

Abs roller

It was invented in 1994 and its goal was to help people do crunches while having something supporting the head, neck and upper body. It was also used to do sit-ups and dips. It sold about $1 billion worth of products.

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