The year 2013 was the year we witnessed the tagline “Strong is the new sexy,” as more and more women ditched the skinny look and opted to look healthier and stronger. Filipinas, in particular, were more empowered to take on newer, more challenging, and more exciting roles—gearing away from traditional ways and being more open-minded about contemporary lifestyles.

In line with this trend is the change in the fitness scene as more studios and gyms have opened left and right. Here below are five workouts that the Glamourbox Team think will (still) be a hit this 2014.

1. Anti-Gravity Yoga

Probably the most interesting and exciting form of yoga which can be practiced at Beyond Yoga. They currently have three branches: Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig, and Westgate Center, Alabang. Pretty soon, they’ll be opening a new studio in Greenhills, San Juan.

Doing Anti-Gravity Yoga requires a thin, stretchy fabric that serves as a hammock and aids you in doing various poses. It provides a type of workout that allows one to stretch and strengthen the muscles without overstraining the joints or constricting the spine. It can be a seat while you perform variations of crunches, or a prop to help you invert and hang suspended in the air.

It’s great for the back, and can even add a few more millimetres to your height!


2. Flexibility-Not-Required Yoga Classes

If you’re new to the yoga scene, Urban Ashram Manila offers FNR classes to those who are beginners or are working on improving their flexibility first before attending more advanced yoga classes. Even though flexibility is not required, the classes can still be quite challenging.

They have studios in Kapitolyo, Pasig and Bonifacio High Street, Taguig.


3. 360 Circuit Training

I’ve done circuit training a couple of times and out of all the workouts I’ve tried (yoga, cardio, gym training, etc.), this was my favorite. It’s a 30-minute aerobic workout where trainers make you do a series of exercises– each exercise is between 10-20 seconds. It’s great for people like me who get bored with workouts easily and like to keep moving around. Also, since you don’t stay too long in a certain station, you don’t feel as tired despite already burning an average of 500 calories.


4. Zumba

Zumba is a great workout to do with friends. It’s a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that puts together international pop music created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness party” that is too fun to feel that you’re even working out.


5. Barre 3

Barre 3 is a combination of ballet, yoga, and pilates. It’s a unique 3-step sequence that creates the strength of an athlete with the long, lean, graceful lines of a dancer. Classes are set to an upbeat soundtrack and follow a vigorous pace designed to shape and lift the entire body.


So Glambabes, which of these workouts are you willing to try next?