Thanks to the internet, you have access to a seemingly unending supply of workouts. And thanks to our friends at Google, we were able to take a peek at the top 10 workout searches. From a trendy fitness DVD program to various workout protocols and even an infamous CrossFit workout, you may be surprised by some of the most-searched workout terms for 2017.
1 MURPH CROSSFIT WORKOUT
And the award for most-searched workout on Google this year goes to — Murph! If you haven’t heard of this CrossFit workout before, get ready; it’s a toughie. Named after Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, the workout has become a Memorial Day fitness challenge in his honor, which raises money for his memorial scholarship fund.
So what does the workout entail? It starts and ends with running one mile. In between that, you’re supposed to perform 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 squats. And if that doesn’t sound like enough of a challenge for you (who are you, Superman? Wonder Woman?), the official CrossFit website suggests doing the whole thing wearing a 20-pound weighted vest.
2 BUNGEE WORKOUT
What’s a more fun way to get fit than bouncing and flying all over a fitness studio? Bungee workouts may not be in many studios in the United States yet, but after landing in the second spot on this list, you can bet you’ll be seeing them pop up in 2018. The workout caught the attention of Americans late in 2016 after a video of these classes in Thailand made the rounds. In early 2017, Tough Lotus in Chandler, Arizona, brought the trend stateside.
During these 75-minute classes, you’re strapped into a harness that’s attached to the ceiling while you run, leap and dance your way around the studio space. Each class is a mix of cardio and resistance training that also calls upon your acrobatic skills. It might be just the dose of lightheartedness you need to unleash your inner child and shake up your fitness routine.
3 TABATA WORKOUT
It’s not surprising to see Tabata on the list of top workout trends for 2017; HIIT has been the buzz of the fitness world for the past few years. If you’re unfamiliar with Tabata, it’s a type of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) created by Japanese scientist Dr. Izumi Tabata.
It involves 20 seconds of max effort on a single exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Then you repeat that pattern for a total of eight rounds. And sure, while the thought of getting your day’s workout done in just four minutes sounds like a dream come true, there’s a caveat: To get all the amazing benefits of a Tabata workout, you need to go all-out for each of those 20 second rounds. And that’s no easy feat!
4 TRX WORKOUT
If you’ve seen those black and yellow straps hanging from the ceiling of your gym’s group workout studio, you’re already at least a little familiar with TRX. Like Tabata, it’s been around for a while. But it looks like 2017 was quite the year for the suspension training system. TRX stands for “Total Resistance eXercise” and was created by former U.S. Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick.
During a TRX class (or if you choose to incorporate it into your regular workouts), you use two straps hanging from the ceiling to perform a variety of body-weight exercises like push-ups, lunges, mountain climbers, inverted rows and planks. The challenge comes from the instability of being partially suspended. And every exercise becomes an ab exercise because of the extra core strength required to stabilize your body.
5 BURPEES EXERCISE
Burpees — the exercise that launched a thousand memes. And that’s not because people love them. They’ve been the bane of people’s workouts for a long time. But they’re not just the favored torture strategy of personal trainers and group fitness instructors. They’re a fantastic full-body exercise that gets your heart rate pumping.
Here’s how to do them: Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart. Drop down so your hands are by your feet, and then jump your feet back so you’re in a plank (top part of a push-up). Then lower down into a push-up, return back up to a plank and jump your feet to your hands. From there, jump straight up, hands overhead, and land back on the ground with your knees slightly bent. Now repeat!
6 HIIT WORKOUT ROUTINE
Looks like people doubled down on HIIT searches this year (see #3). So if you’ve been reading this list all the way through, you know that HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. And you also know that it involves bursts of exercise followed by a short rest period.
So what else is there to say? More generally, HIIT can be applied to pretty much any workout — running, strength training, cycling, swimming, etc. And people love it because it burns more calories in a shorter amount of time. But that’s no reason to ditch your current workout completely. Most trainers and fitness experts agree that a well-balanced fitness routine combines strength training, HIIT and LISS (low-intensity steady-state) cardio.
7 PIYO WORKOUT
What do you get when you combine two incredibly popular workouts (Pilates and yoga)? PiYo. Lead by Beachbody trainer Chalene Johnson, the wildly popular DVD workout series promises “No weights. No jumps. Just hardcore results.” That’s especially great for people who need an at-home workout they can do without any equipment or those with joint issues that need a low-impact option.
Each PiYo workout is around 25 to 45 minutes and combines the muscle-sculpting benefits of Pilates with the flexibility of yoga and non-stop, fluid movement. The 60-day program has workouts scheduled six days a week, but is designed to be accessible for all fitness levels.
8 INNER-THIGH WORKOUT
Someone call Suzanne Somers! We need a ThighMaster ASAP! Inner-thigh workouts made it into the top 10 workout-related Google searches, and it could have something to do with social media’s obsession with thigh gaps. But here’s the truth: Thigh gaps are based on genetics, not how fit you are. And you can’t spot reduce your trouble zones.
And any exercise you would do specifically for the inner thighs is just a variation on hip adduction (like lying on your side and lifting your bottom leg). However, exercises like squats and lunges target your entire lower body, and therefore can help strengthen your inner thigh muscles at the same time. If you’re looking for slimmer inner thighs, those are your best bet (along with a healthy diet and plenty of cardio).
9 17.2 WORKOUT
Don’t feel bad if you needed to Google what the 17.2 workout is this year. It’s nearly impossible to tell by the name alone. Unless you’re a CrossFitter. Then you’d likely know that it’s a workout created for the open portion of the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games, meaning that from February 22 to March 26, anyone and everyone could participate. The name refers to the year (2017) and the week (second).
Here’s the workout: Start with two rounds of 50 feet of weighted walking lunges, 16 toes-to-bars and eight power cleans. Follow that with two rounds of 50 feet of weighted walking lunges, 16 bar muscle-ups and eight power cleans. Keep going through these rounds to see how many you can complete in 12 minutes. (Note: Men should use 50-pound dumbbells and women should use 20-pound dumbbells.)
10 OBLIQUE WORKOUT
Six-pack abs have long gotten the spotlight. So it’s about time that the obliques got some love, too. Your obliques are the muscles that run along the side of your torso and control bending and twisting. It’s important that your workouts don’t miss this important muscle — it helps keep your core strong.
Some of the best exercises for your obliques are bicycle crunches, Russian twists, lateral bends and side crunches. But if you’re looking to shape your midsection or melt your muffin top, you’ll need more than these exercises. You’ll need a healthy diet (and likely a caloric deficit) as well as regular cardio exercise.
The Top 10 Workouts of 2017 According to Google by Rachel Grice*
Rachel Grice is a contributing fitness editor for Livestrong.com and a certified yoga instructor. Previously, she was the science section editor and titling associate for several other sections of Demand Media Studios, including fitness, nutrition and technology. She completed her undergrad education at the University of Southern California and has worked for Men’s Health, FitPregnancy and People magazines.