2017 is coming to an end and if you’re looking for something different to add to your exercise regime in 2018 and mix things up a bit I have some of the biggest fitness trends to look out for.
For the last 10 years the American College of Sports and Medicine have been conducting surveys of over 1000 health and fitness professionals worldwide to see what the biggest trends in the industry are and what gyms, bootcamps and personal trainers will be offering their customers.
So what will be the new trends that fitness professionals will be adding to their workout routines?
New trends and technology are always being developed in the fitness world, but also old trends evolve to stay fresh and exciting – adding a new wrinkle to your routine can be refreshing and give you a boost to your fitness plan.
So why not try something new in 2018? Here are the worldwide fitness trends.
- High-intensity interval training.People who are health conscious but struggle to find time to work out are more attracted to HIIT training. HIIT training involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These exercise programs are usually performed in less than 30 minutes. My 21 Day Plan uses this type of training and is one of the reasons (along with the meal plans) it gets such good results.
- Circuit Training.Circuit training is generally done in a group class format and involves a selection of exercises, which can be body weight or done using small free weights, and even heavier weights in the gym. Alone or in pairs each exercise is done for a set time, then a set rest is taken before moving on to the next exercise. Quite an intense class, this style of training is great for fat loss and leaves no time for slacking off given the time pressures to switch exercise stations!
- Wearable technology.I hear a lot of people talking about how many steps or how many calories they’ve burned that day and it’s all though the wearable fitness technology they’re wearing. Fitness trackers, smart watches and GPS tracking devices are everywhere now and it’s still a new industry that will only get bigger.
- Body weight training. Body weight training (like in all my plans) has been used previously, in fact, people have been using their own body weight for centuries as a form of resistance training. But new packaging, particularly by commercial clubs, has now made it popular in all kinds of gyms and health clubs around the world. Typical body weight training programs use minimal equipment, which makes it a very inexpensive way to exercise effectively. Although most people think of body weight training as being limited to push-ups and pull-ups, it can be much more than that.
- Strength training.Strength training remains a central emphasis for many health clubs. Incorporating strength training is an essential part of a complete exercise program for all physical activity levels and genders, as it prevents muscle loss while dieting. Muscle makes you look ‘toned’, and muscle also burns calories, so strength training is your fat burning friend!