“7 Fitness Trends to Prepare for in 2019”
The fitness industry is constantly developing and changing and there is always a craze that’s reappearing or disappearing. Some of the most popular fitness trends that are showing up on the Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends year after year include group training and fitness classes, personal training, outdoor activities, high-intensity interval training, and bodyweight training. The following list is going to give you a look at some of the new trends coming in 2019 and any previous trends that may be developing or changing within the next year.
1. Fitness Programs for Older Adults
Fitness programs are no longer just for athletes. Many brands and facilities are now catering a variety of their fitness programs and equipment to adults ages 50 and up. More people of all ages are discovering the benefits of living an active lifestyle, and health clubs especially are seeing increasing opportunity to develop within the market for older adults as the demand is increasing.
2. Shorter Workouts
Condensed, high-intensity workouts are gaining popularity among the numerous people with daily jam-packed schedules. This is primarily true for HIIT classes but you will start to see this trend popping up in a variety of workout studios and multi-disciplinary facilities. Busy lifestyles are becoming more of the norm and many individuals are looking for a quick workout they can fit in at any time of the day.
3. Employing Certified Fitness Professionals
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, the importance of hiring certified fitness professionals is going to be more crucial than ever starting in 2019. It is becoming a priority for the entire fitness industry, including both fitness brands and health clubs, to hire employees who have been trained through proper health and/or fitness education programs.
4. Wearable Technology
Wearable technology has been one of the biggest trends since hitting the market years ago. Fitness trackers, smartwatches and heart monitors were the number 1 hottest trend in 2016 and 2017 according to the ACSM survey, and have since fallen to number 3 in 2018. While some believe fitness trackers are losing popularity in recent years others think it may hit number one again in 2019 as the technology is developing and more fitness brands are making equipment with the ability to sync to wearable technology.
5. Functional Fitness Training
Functional fitness training is gaining popularity as people are realizing its ability to help with their daily motor functions and activities. Exercisers are taking advantage of multi-functional equipment to increase their balance, coordination and strength. This is trending for multiple fitness demographics from young athletes to older adults, and a lot of personal trainers are now using functional training as a major part of their workout regimens for their clients.
6. Mobile Fitness Apps
Being mobile friendly is a must for brands in 2019 and the fitness industry is really taking mobile apps to the next level. Big fitness clubs and boutique studios are using mobile apps for group workout scheduling where members can sign up for classes and cancel bookings at their convenience from their smartphone. There are also multiple guided workout apps out there that sync with equipment and take users through cardio workouts on a treadmill, elliptical or bike. Some apps even allow users to run live with anyone in the world from wherever they are, indoors or outdoors. Your club can expect to see even more fitness equipment and technology on the market in 2019 with the ability to connect to popular mobile fitness apps!
7. Merging Work and Exercise
Employers are making their employees’ health a priority in the workplace and big gyms and health clubs are providing designated areas for people to work pre and post workout. In 2019 you will also begin to see more offices adding corporate gyms to their workspaces. Work-life balance is important to everyone, and making it more convenient to achieve that balance is something that the fitness industry is working toward for 2019.
Gym owners and health clubs can benefit from being on top of the game when it comes to what’s trending in the fitness world. It’s important to always know what’s trending so your club can stay current in the industry.