'Naked' Fitness (Barefoot Running and Bodyweight Training)
This is not a gimmick or a fad, bodyweight workouts and barefoot training is steeped in hundreds, if not thousands, of years of human biomechanical movement, says Alex Figueroa, a certified fitness professional at The Sports Club/LA in Boston, Mass. "We as a fitness community are realizing more and more that natural movements are the way to make our bodies move more efficiently, more functionally, and for longer duration. We are moving further and further from machines, equipment, and shoes with more support and relying more on the strength of our bodies to keep us in motion. In short, our views of our bodies are becoming more and more like our views of the planet: the less human involvement, the better. Allow nature to be the answer."
Figueroa says we can expect to see more barefoot running clubs and trainers and gyms that work with little to no equipment in 2012. "The gym of the future is an empty room and your body—naked."