2018 Gym Trends

Boxing and kickboxing workouts

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of studios opening up to offer these physically demanding workouts, as well as an increase in the number of boxing/kickboxing classes showing up on group fitness schedules.

Functional training

After years of high-intensity interval training reigning supreme, 2018 will make a rediscovery of functional training that emphasizes movement quality over load and intensity. I have noticed class programming shifting toward an emphasis on conscious movement, as opposed to simply pushing the intensity of a workout to reach the point of exhaustion.

Fitness programs are mindful with instructors and trainers incorporating various strategies to promote flow states via exercise

Flow state can be described as a state of intense concentration or complete absorption in an activity. Flow states can enhance performance everywhere from the battlefield to the boardroom.  I think this is amazing!  Fitness programs will become more mindful with instructors and trainers incorporating various strategies to promote flow states via exercise. And, meditation will start being used outside of the traditional mind-body space to help enhance results from traditional strength and conditioning workouts.

Greater emphasis on the role of exercise in enhancing cognitive performance

In addition to flow states, the this year will see a greater emphasis on the role of exercise in enhancing cognitive performance. In other words, we will start seeing exercise programs specifically for the purpose of training the brain. In an effort to enhance cognitive function, trainers will incorporate reactive drills into the program. For years we have used exercise to enhance muscular performance and we are already starting to see a surge in the use of exercise to increase brain strength. As someone who works closely with a stroke patient, I witness first hand how important cognitive training is in the day to day struggles for her and how they can improve her overall wellness.  I witness first hand how training the brain affected functional performance and her attitude all day long!  I think soon fitness trackers will be able to monitor cognitive performance as well as heart rate.

Traditional health clubs and fitness studios will take advantage of online streaming

Health club companies such as GoodLife Fitness and organizations such as Les Mils already offer access to streaming workouts to enhance the traditional fitness experience; this approach will undoubtedly become even more popular in the coming year. In addition popular indoor cycling studios will soon offer live streaming of cycling classes as well as video-on-demand access to a library of classes.

Health Coaches will become a resource that is recognized by the medical community

For a number of years, progressive health and fitness professionals have been developing coaching skills in an effort to help clients make healthier choices and establish behaviors outside of the gym. In the coming year, Health Coaches will become more of a mainstream resource that is recognized by the medical community as an important component in the effort to mitigate disease by helping individuals adopt healthier behaviors. A Certified Health Coach helps provide you with the ability to apply the science of behavior change to help establish meaningful and lasting lifestyle changes.

Fitness is transitioning from passionate enthusiasts to a mainstream lifestyle

Love this trend ~Lululemon and other leading manufactures have become normal, everyday attire that people are wearing outside of health clubs or studios. The popularity of obstacle-course racing, easy-to-access group fitness programs and wearable technology such as the Apple iWatch demonstrate that individuals don’t just want to go to a gym to sweat; rather, they want to incorporate unique, fitness experiences into their daily lives. Adults of all ages are enjoying fitness for the social benefits as well as the health outcomes; going to a fitness class or gym isn’t just an opportunity to get in shape, but is rapidly becoming a primary option for real-life, social interaction by adults of all ages. The popularity of farm-to-table meal options and dietary approaches like intermittent fasting demonstrate that individuals are applying the fitness mindset to all aspects of their lives.

A trend towards group fitness and away from one-on-one training

Due to the popularity of small-group training, more personal trainers will develop the skills to lead group workouts. As mentioned earlier, individual participants enjoy the camaraderie of exercising with others, and trainers are finding that they can have a greater impact by working with more than just one person for 60 minutes. Group-based, instructor-led, studio workouts such as CrossFit and OrangeTheory Fitness will continue to grow in popularity, and more studio concepts featuring effective, time-efficient workouts will enter the market. As a result, there will be a greater demand for health and fitness professionals who can deliver group workouts as opposed to coaching individuals one at a time.

If you are taking the steps to plan for your success, understanding the fitness industry might change how you achieve your fitness goals!