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'TRX' And Other Fitness Buzzwords You Need To Know

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TRX

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"TRX" stands for "Total Body Resistance Exercise." Using a single piece of equipment made from two nylon straps suspended from the ceiling, TRX leverages gravity and bodyweight to perform hundreds of strength-training exercises, from push-ups to planks. Try a class at Sydney's Flow Althletic (flowathletic.com.au) or Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre (msac.com.au).

Moisture Wicking

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Gone are the days of breaking a sweat in a cotton t-shirt or singlet. Workout gear made from high-tech fabrics now allow you to stay cooler and dyer for longer by drawing (or wicking) sweat away from the body. One to note: Nike's new Dri-FIT Knit. Made from ultra-soft lightweight fabric, it provides extra breathability in the areas where we sweat most. It's pro-athlete-tested, ELLE-approved (the styles are super cute).

Barre

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Think ballet barre. The latest fitness craze to sweep Australia is strength and toning classes inspired by a fusion of ballet, yoga and Pilates. From Barre 3 to Xtend Barre and Barre Body, it won't be long until there's a barre studio pulsing in every town.

Megaformer

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**The bigger, badder brother of a Pilates reformer, the megaformer is an apparatus used in toning classes such as Sydney's Physicore and NY/LA favourite, SLT. The carriage of the machine moves back and forth on changeable resistance springs, requiring lots of core strength for stability.

Sports Band

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From the Fitbit to the Jawbone Up and Nike FuelBand (available overseas), the latest generation of super-charged pedometers track more than just steps- they calculate every move to give you precise feedback on how active you really are. Strap on a band and get moving.

HIIT

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High Intensity Interval Training is an exercise method that consists of short bursts of excursion followed by a shorter recovery period. A common formula involves a 2:1 ratio such as 30–40 seconds of fast sprinting followed by 15–20 seconds of jogging or walking. Studies show HIIT increases endurance and can raise the resting metabolic rate.

WOD

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The foundation of CrossFit, WOD stands for Workout of the Day. This is the pre-determined set of exercises CrossFitters will complete that day and is meant to be a total body workout. An particularly tough example of a WOD? The "Murph" completed as quickly as possible: 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 Squats, 1 mile Run.

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