1.Exercising at home
Working out is no longer solely resigned to hitting the gym. Tom Holland, MS, an exercise physiologist from Connecticut,said home workouts will continue to be popular in the new year. Many Americans are creating home gyms, or using streaming technology to exercise under their own roofs.
“Getting started doesn’t require a large amount of space or investment,” Holland said.
2.HIIT IS HERE TO STAY
Mentioned at the top of the ACSM’s 2018 trends survey, we expect HIIT (high-intensity interval training) to stick around in 2019. The results are undeniable, and especially for working professionals short on time, there’s no better way to get a complete, gym-free workout than with some intense circuits.
Head outside, do it in the living room, or take a class at your local studio – HIIT is all about movement and workout efficiency.
When it comes to what workout trend more of us will be trying, that will be boxing, according to Jawaid. Combat sports in general are becoming more of a part in mainstream culture in part due to rising popularity of mixed martial arts, or MMA.
“Boxing workouts are a great way of getting an intense workout but also feeling like a fighter,” Jawaid told Healthline. “I think people feel a sense of empowerment when they emulate certain movements of fighters.”
Second to boxing is spinning, Jawaid said. The controlled aspect of pedaling typically means less injuries than other recent trends such as CrossFit.
4.GETTING SWEATY WITH STRANGERS
According to the ACSM, group training (more than five people) will be the second most popular fitness trend in 2019. For good reason, too — these classes are social, highly motivational and provide instruction for people who need structure in their daily workouts. Group classes cover a wide range of disciplines, including spin, dance, aquatics and cardio-based classes, and are available anywhere from private studios to public facilities to mainstream gyms.
Having a fitness wristband to track calories and steps is one thing, but workouts will get even smarter in 2019, says Von Collins, an ACE-certified professional with Complete Tri, said that smart treadmills and other fitness equipment that features streaming apps is quite a game changer.
Smart training lets you, for example, ride a bike while seeing the course on a tablet. The bike changes to reflect hills or other obstacles, plus many smart training platforms let you compete with other users. You can do workouts, time trials, or even go for rides with friends who might live miles away.
“Up until now, the technology to stream workouts at home in a fully integrated way has been best described as clunky,” Collins said. “It is becoming much more streamlined, much more plug-and-play, which opens the entire market up beyond the hardcore junkies and to the masses.”
6.THE RETURN OF THE TREADMILL
Step aside elliptical — in the past few months we’ve seen many fitness classes and training plans getting back to basics. We’re talking about the treadmill, the machine that’s been around seemingly forever.
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, and with the rise of popular and effective treadmill programs, we anticipate this machine will be a staple in many training plans in 2019. Just don’t forget your running and multisport watchto monitor your efforts!
7.Fitness studios — not gyms
For those who do like going to a gym, the big box facility may still be the perfect fit.
But expect them to offer more classes than you’ll see in fitness studios, says Eric Casaburi, founder and chief executive officer of Retro Fitness.
While gyms aren’t going anywhere, the shift toward boutique fitness studios and classes will dominate 2019.
The 2017 IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report found that 18 million Americans belonged to a studio, which was up 15 percent compared to 2015.
Still, 32 million Americans held membership in traditional commercial health clubs and gyms, which is down from 2015.
8.YOGA, YOGA, YOGA
While there’s no doubt the classic form of yoga will always reign supreme, the variations on this ancient practice are injecting new life into a sometimes stale routine. 2019 will continue to see more outdoor yoga classes, yoga retreats, standup paddleboard (SUP) yoga, goat yoga (yes, we said goat yoga), etc. We can’t wait to see what yoga variations the new year will bring.
9.Being fit is trending, overall
Other trends to watch out for in 2019, according to the annual American College of Sports Medicine predictions report, include more personal training, fitness programs for older adults, and the continuation of yoga as a popular fitness trend.
Their top trend for the year is wearable technology, which debuted on the list in 2016, stayed there in 2017 and dropped to third place last year. The ACSM says group training and HIIT will be the second and third biggest trends in 2019.
10.NETFLIX OF THE WORKOUT WORLD
Here at Polar, we’re officially rebranding “Netflix and chill” as “Stream and workout” in 2019. Many big-name fitness brands are creating subscription-based virtual streaming services designed to replicate a guided group session in the comfort and convenience of your home.
For example, Les Mills On Demand offers access to over 600 online workouts, YogaWorks has created an on-demand library of over 1,000 guided yoga classes, and brands like Peloton offer a live, interactive platform to work out with others in real time. Think of these as a modern-day Richard Simmons VHS tape — minus the neon spandex and electronic music.
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