Are top fitness trends worth keeping for 2017?

- Every year brings trendy fitness products that promise big results. And, 2016 was no different.

Social media is overrun with celebrity endorsements of so-called “miracle products” that will help you shed weight in seemingly no time with very little effort. But do they really work?

For the answer, we tapped Certified Personal Trainer Shelby Robinson, of FXS Fitness in Atlanta, to weigh in on three health trends primed to dominate in 2017.

Detox teas:  “Detox teas help cleanse your system from toxins and keep you regular,” she said. “However, they are marketed to be a miracle product that makes you super the nick of time.”

But, apparently, that’s not the case. The product is meant to “keep you regular and to keep your system flowing.” That’s it. If you’re using it for that purpose, Robinson said they’re good to use as an added supplement with a combination of health eating and exercise. But if you’re looking for drastic weight loss results, detox teas are not the answer.


Waist trainers: Waist trainers are a form of shapewear. These waist-cinchers are used to trigger fat loss or shape the body. Celebrities like Khloe Kardashian, are literally “Obsessed with them.”

But Robinson said “if you don’t tie in healthy nutrition and a good workout regimen, it [waist trainers] will do absolutely nothing for you,” she said. They can “actually can work against you.” The fitness trend really grew in popularity in 2016, and, Robinson said, with some commitment and a health routine, they can help you shed some belly fat. However, “wearing the wrong size can cause some internal health issues” and other injuries. 

It Works wraps: It Works wraps deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results were applied to the skin, according to the product description on

Promising results in as little as 45 minutes, Robinson said the product is a temporary fix. “If you’re going on a trip to the beach or have a photo shoot coming up, it will give you some temporary results,” she said. “But it’s now a product for the long-term.” 

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