A look at the strangest fitness crazes

There seems to be a new fitness craze that sweeps gyms and exercise classes across the world annually as people look for more creative ways to get fit. But, what are some of the strangest fitness fads that we’ve seen over the past decade?


A fairly recent fitness fad – it made its way into our lives at the start of 2018, and some people haven’t looked back since. It’s a Scandinavian based trend that encourages people to pick up litter while out running — improving health and the environment.

The unusual term ‘plogging’ comes from the word jogging and the Swedish phrase ‘plocka upp’ which means pick up. The exercise part comes from running with intermittent squatting and lunging so you can pick up rubbish from the ground. It is an effective calorie burner too — fitness app Lifesum estimates that a typical user will burn 288 calories from 30 minutes of plogging.

This new fitness trend is also making its way onto social media platforms too — with people showing images of themselves in running gear with plastic bags ready to fill with litter. Could we see this trend become widespread sometime soon?


High-heel workouts

It’s nothing new that high-heels are known to help shape posture but working out in them is a relatively new form of exercise. Research has suggested that even walking in high-heels (below three inches) can shape the calves and improve muscle tone and shape.

By performing all the usual exercises of a normal workout such as lunging, squatting and lifting small weights while wearing high-heels, balance can also be improved. It hasn’t been fully determined whether wearing high-heels for a workout can result in weight loss, but it can help you learn how to walk better in them.


Jogging without shoes

In 2010, an unorthodox trend came along that saw runners trading in their running shoes for a form of running ‘sock’.

The individuals who are in support of the pattern say that running in trainers or running shoes can make you more inclined to sustain injury as it encourages running with unnatural form. It’s also said that running barefoot strengthens the tiny muscles found in feet, ankles and legs which can also reduce the risk of injury.

Although some people still practise the art of running without shoes, it is somewhat of a dying art. Experts have said that switching to barefoot running without properly transitioning makes you prone to injuries. Only try this one if you’re willing to practise walking barefoot before running.



The FitWet bike is a unique piece of kit that blends an exercise bike with a personal hot tub with hydrotherapy jets. It’s no shock that submerged workouts are of added benefit than normal routines and this is no exception. Cycling whilst relaxing your muscles is surely a more pleasant way to burn off those extra calories!


Hot barre

Americans aren’t shy from introducing new exercise art forms, and so with many weird and wonderful fitness classes, the trend of ‘hot barre’ first took off in New York and Los Angeles.

It involves combining classical ballet moves in a room heated to 40 degrees and it took off around 2015. Advocates of the fad say that hot barre encourages you to gain a deeper stretch while helping you release toxins and feel detoxed. Then, as the body has to work hard to cool itself down, you can expect your metabolism to boost and number of burnt calories to increase.

The fad has spread to other exercises too; yoga, long loved for its reputation for easing pain for arthritis sufferers and joint troubles, now has a ‘hot yoga’ variation.

From barefoot jogging to working out in stilettos, who knows what the next strange fitness trend will be?





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