2018 is over. It came and went in a flash.
Just as you were getting comfortable with your workout routine and your diet, the end of the year, and the beginning of a new one, might have you thinking about what you are going to do next.
Your body is continually evolving. Exercise science is continually evolving. It’s only natural that your exercise routine should evolve too.
Stay ahead of the pack and on top of your game by taking advantage of the biggest trends in the fitness world for 2019.
These are not fads.
Fads by their very nature are fleeting. In the fitness industry these are things like the Bowflex, doing Tae Bo, or the vibrating belt. They come, people get very excited about them, and then they are gone just as fast.
Trends are longer lasting; they represent a general development in a situation or a change in the way people are behaving.
For the past 13 years, American College of Sport’s Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal have conducted a survey of thousands of health and fitness professionals.
This year, they received responses from 2,038 people representing countries all over the world and working in many different industries. The top occupations participating in the survey were personal trainers (10%), clinical exercise physiologists (10%), health and fitness directors (10%) and professors (9%).
Here is a list of what they expect to see in 2019.
1. Wearable tech
Wearable tech includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices.
These little devices were super popular when they first came out in 2016 and interest in their use continued into 2017. 2018 saw them slip into the third spot.
For 2019, wearable tech has gone back up to the number 1 spot.
If you haven’t jumped on board with this trend yet, here are a few good guides to help you find a device that will work best for you:
2. Group training
No one likes to do it alone. And it seems people like to do it in groups of 5 or more.
According to this and past surveys, group training has always been somewhat of a thing. It wasn’t until 2017, however, that it cracked the top 20.
People tend to like working out in groups because it’s motivating (a good, energetic instructor can make an hour fly by), there’s a well-structured plan, it makes you accountable and you tend to try harder, it’s fun, and you have the support of your fellow participants.
Here are some guides to classes you might want to try in 2019:
3. High intensity interval training
High intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are popular, and it looks like they are here to stay. HIIT cracked the top 20 of this survey in 2014 and has been 1 of the top 5 ever since.
The popularity of HIIT undoubtedly continues as exercise science tells us more and more about the benefits of this type of training. These include: burning a lot of calories in a short amount of time, boosting your metabolic rate for hours beyond the actual workout, helping you lose fat, gaining muscle, etc.
Whatever the workout is packaged as on the surface, HIIT always involves working at 90% or more of your maximum heart rate for short periods of time, followed by intermittent rest periods.
Here are some links to some good HIIT workouts you can do on your own:
4. Fitness programs for older adults
The baby boomers continue to get older. And they tend to have more money than us younger folk.
That means many health clubs are going to start gearing some of their classes towards this portion of the population.
5. Bodyweight training
Bodyweight training has gained popularity in the last few years. It first made its appearance on this survey in 2013 and it was within the top 5 in 2017 and 2018.
It has cracked the top 5 again this year.
People tend to enjoy bodyweight exercise because of its convenience (you can do the workouts anywhere you are with no equipment required) and because of its effectiveness (you can get all the benefits of a full gym with some creative exercises).
Here are some great bodyweight workouts to try this year:
6. Hiring certified fitness professionals
People want to know they can trust the person they’ve charged with looking after their health. In 2019, you can expect more thorough background checks into accreditation and qualifications. This is a good thing for you.
Yoga really got popular around the 2010’s. And it appears to be on the rise again in 2019, just like it has been since 2017.
Yoga is great because of the relaxation techniques you learn in a class; the benefits it has on stress, depression, and anxiety; and the strength and flexibility increases you’ll experience with regular practice.
There are many types of yoga you can do. Here are some articles to help you figure out where you should start.
Here’s to another year of nutrition, fitness, and well-being. Stay ahead of the curve by capitalizing on these fitness trends and have fun becoming the best version of yourself possible.
Have a great 2019!
“Worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2019” – American College of Sports Medicine