Can you remember what your fitness routine looked like 10 years ago?
The world of fitness is constantly changing and it’s hard to deny the ‘latest fitness trend’ or ‘must-try exercise’ of the season. Fitness is never boring – that’s for sure! But apart from keeping us on our toes, changing our fitness approach up regularly can also keep our body guessing and maximise our results.
Fitness, for most of us, is a forever evolving journey and to mark the 10 year anniversary of Anytime Fitness in Australia this month, I decided to take a trip down memory lane to revisit some of the biggest fitness movements from the past decade. What we’ve learned, how we’ve progressed, and what fitspiration you can take to change up your own fitness routine!
2009 – Bootcamps kick us into gear
Bootcamps gain rapid popularity in Australia, signalling a move towards more functional training and a demand for outdoor group classes. Zumba also remains popular, combining dance movement with traditional aerobic exercises.
The key insights this year?
Fitness doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be boring! Take your fitness outdoors or incorporate some movements inspired by other disciplines (think dance, yoga or Pilates) to keep things interesting.
2010 – We learn less is more
Gone are the days where a longer workout means a better workout. 2010 sees a rise in shorter, more efficient workouts, and us Aussies begin to recognise that sometimes less is more! Wii Fit has it’s moment – it doesn’t hang around for long but the idea of gamification is born. Fitness apps also begin to emerge.
Key learnings – workouts don’t need to be long and draining! Depending on your personal goals, sometimes keeping your workouts short and intense will give you better results.
2011 – A shift to holistic health
Australia really begins to understand the importance of holistic health. We experience an important shift in focus from pure aesthetics to overall wellbeing. The concept of wellness coaching is born and work places jump onboard as well with worksite health promotions and incentives. In terms of specific exercises, indoor cycling trumps the group fitness space.
This year was so important in the evolution of fitness because it started to built a more holistic view of what a fitness routine can deliver. With any fitness journey, I always recommend monitoring and keeping note of not only your physical progress, but your mental health improvements as well.
2012 – Embrace the fitness fun!
There is a major focus on the ‘fun factor’ of fitness. ‘Out of the box’ fitness combinations like paddle board yoga become a thing, and obstacle course racing grows in popularity as well.
While many people got on board with the ‘IT exercises’ of 2012, you don’t see them around as much these days.
The lesson learned? Never be afraid to give something new a go! Fitness doesn’t have to be just your regular workout. Gain some extra fitness points by trying a fun activity on the weekend or on a social outing with friends.
2013 – Welcome fitness tech
Welcome the year of fitness tech. Fitness apps and wearables are everywhere – and they’re here to stay! Barre workouts also begin to emerge.
Now that fitness tech has arrived there’s no turning back. This year really marks a major trend in the future of fitness, putting more power in the hands of consumers to track and truly take charge of their fitness and results.
2014 – A glorious fitness fusion
Fusion fitness variations like Yoga Core and Cardiolates are all the rage this year, proving variety will always be important to us fitness enthusiasts. Again – us Aussies love something different!
The trend towards fusion fitness really plays to the fact that different fitness programs and training styles can compliment each other. If you’re suffering from an injury or feel as though you’re lacking in some areas of your fitness (e.g. your flexibility or coordination), complimenting your routine with a different style of training 1-2 times a week can make all the difference!
2015 – Keeping it mobile
Mobility is a hot topic in fitness this year, as we really start to hone in on what we should be incorporating into our fitness routine to reap the most benefits, not just in the short term but in the years to come! We learn warming up is key, and skipping the stretch is actually hindering our results.
An increased focus on mobility is so important – for so many reasons! And it’s definitely a trend that’s here to stay. We can expect even more education to improve and prolong our mobility in the coming years.
2016 – Health and fitness – all day long
Wearable tech takes out the top spot this year, not just during our workouts but in our everyday lives.
2016 sees an increase in health and fitness tracking in and and out of the gym. People become more aware that their results come from so much more than that one hour in the gym. We learn that the ‘other 23 hours of a day’ are also key, and tech begins to allow us to track this. Apps like the Anytime Workouts app also begin to take any confusion out of training solo, providing customised workout plans that you can follow in your own time.
Wearable tech can give you a more well-rounded view of exactly how you’re tracking your health and fitness, and can provide some important insights into why results are or aren’t happening like you’d hoped.
2017 – Exercise is medicine
This year we truly start to view ‘exercise as medicine’. Exercise is no longer seen as something for the ‘fitness fads’ but a healthy necessity in every persons life. Further research begins to emerge around fitness’ preventative properties and we learn to recognise exercise as something that can significantly improve and prolong our lives.
2018 – It’s game time
Gamification in fitness is beginning to rise. Not only do we want to see exactly how we’re performing, but we want to track our performance and have fun along the way! An element of gamification in group fitness classes starts to appear.
A rise in fitness tech is supporting us to get more out of our workouts and it’s only going to evolve further.
2019 – What’s next
So what can we look forward to in fitness in 2019?
Coaches in your pocket for a start! Fitness isn’t just getting more fun, it’s getting more convenient too, and with increased insights delivered via fitness tech, you can expect more targeted coaching as a result. Check out our Remote Coaching platform for a greater insight into where we’re headed, already available at select clubs across the country.
So there you have it, 10 years of fitspiration to add an extra punch to your own routine! Without question, the last decade has taught us that there’s no one stop shop solution to getting our body to a healthier place. Trends like body weight, strength, functional, group and HIIT training have reigned supreme consistently over the past 10 years – and there’s a reason why. The foundations of fitness do work, but there’s always room to evolve and make the most out of new technology and fitness insights to reap the biggest rewards! There’s also no harm is trying something new to have some fun and keep your body guessing.
National Fitness Manager, Anytime Fitness – Kate Allott
With a career spanning 10 years as a dancer, Kate has always been fascinated by human body movement. This active background launched her into a new career in personal training, before moving into the position of National Fitness Manager at Anytime Fitness Australia. Kate’s holistic view of health and fitness is driven by her passion to educate Australians about the link between physical fitness and mental health. For Kate, it’s all about wellness, movement, and doing what you love.