October 6, 2022

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Training smarter could be the wave of the future. With gyms shut during the pandemic, people embraced Zoom workouts and

turned to the great outdoors. Functional exercises to help move through daily life became more relevant than vanity exercises aimed at bulging biceps. Now the fitness industry is looking to offer technologies and strategies aimed at taking healthy workouts to the next level. Here are a few of the trends to come.
Many people sit on a gym machine and turn on autopilot as their muscles follow a controlled movement. But in coming years sessions like these will be supplemented with neuromuscular drills like jumping laterally and landing on one leg, sports-medicine experts say. Neuromuscular-control exercises use movements to train the brain to fire the correct muscles and recruit more muscle fibers to oppose resistance in a coordinated fashion—be it from a defensive linebacker in a football game or a neighbor’s dog running into you. Now mainly used to rehab pro athletes with injuries, neuromuscular training is likely to become a complement to strength and cardio workouts for aging baby boomers, says Andrew Jagim, director of sports-medicine research at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wis. This coming wave of seniors is particularly suited for such training, he says. Many have previous injuries, multiple areas of muscle weakness or lack adequate mobility, he notes. “Targeted neuromuscular training can help them re-establish some of these temporary losses in motor control, the ability to properly activate a muscle group, or to help improve a weak muscle group.”
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