We all have our preferred ways of exercising, down to the clothes we like to wear and the tech we trust to track our workouts and monitor our progress. But in the ever-evolving world of fitness – with new training methods, devices and applications (apps) popping up year-on-year, and the league table of what’s popular constantly changing – which trends will you give a go in 2019 and beyond?
According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which surveys thousands of fitness professionals across the globe each year, to produce an annual report on worldwide fitness trends, the top trend in 2019 is wearable technology. This includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. But this is no new trend; in fact, it has been in the top three ever since 2016 and shows no sign of slowing down, so expect to see even more innovative gadgets to record and analyse your latest workouts.
It can be a tricky task to keep track of exactly what, when and how much you should be eating and drinking in order to achieve your health and fitness goals, especially with so much conflicting advice. It seems everyone has an opinion on this too, from colleagues, fellow exercisers, health specialists and online communities. Fortunately, there are now apps available, such as MyFitnessPal and Lose It, which can help you to log what you’re consuming, count calories and more. Other apps, like Healthspan, can even go as far as delivering personalised recommendations for your nutrition intake by linking up with your Fitbit or activity tracker, for example the Apple Health app or Strava.
It’s been widely reported that treadmills are set to make a big bounce back in 2019! While the “quirkier the better” seems to have been the motto of the fitness industry for several years, with concepts such as ballet barre – a method combining ballet moves, Pilates, yoga, dance and strength training – getting all the press, the humble treadmill lay in wait, ready to be re-discovered! Now, we can safely say, the treadmill is finally getting the love it deserves. It has to be said, the “quirkier the better” approach is being adopted, with group classes incorporating treadmills becoming increasingly popular. Not only that, with advancements in technology, the treadmill has become much more engaging for exercisers with virtual courses, connectivity to wearable tech, and even the addition of new functions catering for particular training methods.
First appearing among the ACSM’s top 20 worldwide fitness trends in 2017, group training – defined by having more than five participants – this year finds itself in silver medal position. With leisure centres, gyms and health clubs becoming increasingly creative with the types of group fitness classes they deliver, and with exercisers now wanting to be part of a “fitness community” whereby they not only have the chance to train well, but also have a social gathering to look forward to, this training method is not going anywhere soon.
This one will be music to most people’s ears! According to ClassPass’s annual report, we’re booking classes of 45 minutes or less in greater numbers than ever before – a trend they believe will continue to rise in 2019. This has already become evident with the popularity of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) which was ranked as the number one trend by ACSM for 2018, but has since slipped to third position. Despite being overtaken by a couple of other trends, industry experts still see HIIT as forming a large part of the fitness landscape. A definition of a HIIT workout, as described by the ACSM, is "short bursts of high-intensity bouts of exercise followed by a short period of rest" which are usually 20 to 30 minutes long (see our Gym Jargon Buster blog). Basically, HIIT is a fast and very effective exercise method, which fits in perfectly with the shorter workout trend; something we love here at 1Life!
This one’s been in the ACSM’s top trends since the survey first started 14 years ago! And for good reason too… Personal Trainers are an essential part of any health or fitness facility, providing clients with bespoke exercise programmes and one-on-one coaching – motivating and guiding them to reach their goals. Now sitting at number eight in the charts, personal training will be another main trend in 2019.
Functional Fitness Training
It might not sound very exciting, but this training method is one that has grown significantly over recent times and has great benefits by improving “balance, coordination, strength, and endurance to improve activities of daily living" as described by the ACSM. Essentially, functional fitness training (LINK TO FUNCTIONAL FITNESS WORKOUT BLOG) is about performing exercises that mimic the activities we do in everyday life. A squat is a prime example of one of these, as it’s an action that we do to pick something up off the floor. One of the main reasons for seeing a rise in this trend, which is in ninth position on the ACSM’s list, is thanks to a greater focus on “active ageing” and fitness programmes for older adults, which holds its own spot at number four.
As you can see, fitness is getting smarter and more efficient. Whether it’s apps to help simplify your fitness journey, or group training sessions that allow you to work out faster and achieve great results, it’s an exciting world of fitness. At 1Life, we specialise in all types of training methods and offer a range of classes in line with the top fitness trends, including personal training for those looking for that extra motivation and support. Visit our website to find out more about our memberships, services, classes and facilities. Found out more here.