It’s time for Friday Five linkup with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run!  Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello!  While you’re there, be sure to check out other bloggers who are participating in the linkup, too.  This week the DC Trifecta chose Five Fitness Trends I’ll Never Try as the theme. 


“Today’s fitness trends might bring tomorrow’s laughter.~ Deb



As a fitness professional, this week’s theme of Five Fitness Trends I’ll Never Try seemed like a fun theme to jump in on.  I decided to not just include current trends, but exercise trends from over the decades.  I also might be stretching it a tad by calling a couple of these trends, but they made me smile, so therefore; made the cut…


1.  Fat Burning Vibrating Belts – I wouldn’t consider using one of the things without applying lots of Body Glide.


Source: Facebook post by friend


2. Prancercise – Joanna Rohrback invented Prancercise back in 1989, but it made the light-hearted news rounds after it made its way to YouTube in 2012.  She describes it as “a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and is ideally induced by elation.”  Watching me Prancercise would be even more entertaining than watching Elaine dance on Seinfeld.



3.  Shake Weights – If my dumbbells start shaking it had better be from an earthquake, or me dropping it at muscle failure.


4.  Pole Dancing – Any workout that involves me having both feet off the ground for more than a second or two isn’t going to end well for me, and will be even more entertaining than watching me Prancercise.


5.  Barefoot Running – In the spirit of full disclosure, I tried barefoot running after reading Born To Run, one of my favorite books.  The barefoot craze and minimalist running shoes had just hit, and the idea of strengthening the muscles in my feet sounded like a good idea.  I tried it on softer surfaces like the treadmill and my grassy back yard.  By the time the craze hit, my poor feet were far to old and cranky, and I only caused myself pain.  Pain that took physical therapy and finally orthotics to make it go away.


Fitness trends come and go…  I wonder what we’re doing or wearing today, that will seem as silly as the vibrating fat burning belts and thong leotards from our past?



  • Questions:
  • What fitness trends have you participated in that leaves you shaking your head today?
  • Did you ever wear leg warmers and a thong leotard? ~ Sadly, yes…
  • Are you racing this weekend?