#Challenge2017: Fitness trends for the year ahead.
2017 Geting techy
The wearable tech trend isn’t going anywhere - and a new year calls for brand new fitness gadgetry. We’ve moved beyond watches and onto clothing and accessories. Developers have even embedded trackers into sports bras, sending data to the wearer’s phone post-workout.
There will be plenty of monitoring going on in gyms. We'll even be able to monitor and compare our own performance and stats against others - even being able to compete against the likes of Usain Bolt and Serena Williams.
Put a ‘P’ in it HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is one of the best ways to train and condition the body. But what about PHIIT? The ‘p’ stands for pilates and by combining the two workouts it's possible to get the best of pilate’s toning and core strengthening. Align this with the ultimate cardiovascular workout of HIIT - and it will be providing a perfect all-round fitness class.
The funky, vibrant and always fun Zumba. The world keeps fuelling the love of Zumba - and 2017 is likely to see the carnival-inspired dance class staying high on our fitness favourites. The average person manages to burn around 600 to 1,000 calories in one Zumba class (without even realising due to having such a good time). With this in mind there’s no reason this Latin American fat-blaster won’t stick around for many years to come.
The simple life
Sweating goes back to basics. After a boom in hybrid classes, mixing several different workout styles at once, we’ll see a return to the basics of fitness in 2017. Simple workout gear such as the TRX is rising in popularity. This equipment gives the users the ability to sculpt their body and burn fat from every angle with one piece of kit.
We’ll also see a lot more workouts specifically devised for the older generations. Improving strength and balance while keeping joints mobile with functional fitness and improving overall fitness with proven workout methods. No pressure to perform, just the pleasure of having an active lifestyle.
Taking it outside
Working out outdoors pumps up the endorphins, boosts our exposure to vitamin D and has been shown to improve motivation. This ends up making us work out harder and for longer. Outdoor events have soared in popularity and 2017 is guaranteed to bring more and more fresh-air challenges like this. Running club, outdoor circuits but still with the guidance of a personal trainer or fitness instructor, we will take the Club experience to the outside.
Embracing these new training trends in 2017 won’t just make the gym a lot more fun. It will also allow to focus on different styles that can change the entire game and lead to impressive results in the long run. Mixing up the routine is the best way to keep motivated through the fitness schedule. So which crazes will you be getting on board with in the new year?