While there’s no right or wrong way to train – what one person loves, someone else might despise (hello burpees!) – we can’t deny that fitness trends tend to have a big influence on the way a lot of us workout. As each year passes, the fitness gods bless us with greater knowledge on the best ways to burn, define and optimise our fitness results. The outcome? Fitness trends that are constantly evolving!
Last year saw an increase in HIIT training and yoga, but what can we expect in 2019?
1. Wearable tech
The merge of the fitness and tech worlds shows no signs of slowing down – if anything, it’s said to become even more significant in 2019 across all aspects of health. Due to the rising popularity of wearable tech such as fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS trackers, connecting with friends and other members has become even more prevalent in the fitness tech space.
In 2014, Julie Sylvester, Producer of the Sports and Fitness Tech Summit at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, said, “Fitness Technology gives you real control over your habits – it makes you accountable”. Fast forward to 2019 and this couldn’t be more true. So, what’s next – wearable tech clothing or even tattoos? Correct! ‘Biowearables’ are set to be used for not only fitness tracking but also monitoring heart rates and vitals. Stay tuned!
2. Online Personal Training (PT)
Investing in a PT has been a top trend for years and it’s no surprise! Having a PT can give you the expert guidance you need to reach your goals faster in a safe and effective way. However, there’s no denying that PT can be expensive depending on each specific trainer and the services provided.
In 2019, we can expect to see the current structure of PT shift to an online model. Depending on your individual needs, a trainer will be able to create an online PT program at a more affordable and accessible price. You’ll still be held accountable to achieve your goals and see results, while PTs will be able to reach clients far beyond the usual locations and provide more individualised training programs. Keen to hear more?!
Check out our Remote Coaching platform – already available in select clubs across the country.
3. Fitness programs and communities for older adults
People are living, working and remaining healthy and active for much longer. Win! But as our population ages, it’s understandable that we must have fitness equipment and facilities that accommodate. In most gyms, equipment has already become simpler to use and this is set to continue. You may have also noticed a far greater effort from fitness providers on building a more social and friendly atmosphere.
In 2019 and beyond, we can expect to see an older generation of adults at the gym and an increased desire from more people to build relationships in a fitness setting. Craving some social interaction?
The gym may just be your new social hot spot in 2019!
4. Functional fitness
Functional training is that crazy new buzzword that gets thrown around loosely on the gym floor – but what is it? Functional fitness is exercise that mimics our daily movements and is based around strength training that helps improve balance, coordination, strength and endurance. For example, a deadlift replicates picking up the shopping from the ground.
This particular trend is on the rise because people of all ages understand the need to move with purpose, prevent injury and support mobility. Certainly a trend that’s here to stay!
5. Body weight training
Your body is an amazing resistance training tool, so why wouldn’t we use it more?
Body weight training has been around for years and has been reborn numerous times due to its convenience factor. Most body weight training exercises are accessible to any fitness level and can be easily modified. Using your own body weight during exercises such as, push ups, squats, lunges, pull ups, and planks can be incredibly challenging and make for a great workout you can do anywhere.
The impact of the body weight training in 2019?
No excuses! It really is possible to gain the benefits of physical movement absolutely anywhere – you just need to get moving!
So there you have it – a new year and a variety of fitness trends to sink your muscles into! But the most important thing to remember?
Find something that works for you! There are so many different fitness methods available to get healthy. Try a bit of everything and see what works for you!
By Adriana Kalidis, National Fitness Coordinator, Anytime Fitness
Adriana brings over 15 years of experience to the fitness industry gained as both a personal trainer and manager specialising in rehabilitation, functional training and Olympic lifting. She is passionate about moving with purpose and has a background in martial arts and adventure sports such as snowboarding, rock climbing and trekking. Adriana is always looking for the next thrill to satisfy her hunger for adventure!