As we say goodbye to 2016, we are already seeing some trends emerging in fitness. The coming year is the perfect time to lose those extra holiday pounds, experiment with different workouts, and find something new that you can try but also enjoy. People want to save time, keep it simple, but most of all, fun. These are our fitness predictions for 2017.
Body Weight Training
Unless you are a fitness enthusiast, people like to keep it simple as possible when working out. Body weight training otherwise known as functional training has been around for decades but it’s increased in popularity in the past few years. I look at this style of training as a very efficient way to get fit. Many clients who I train and create programs for, thoroughly enjoy functional style training. Why? The moves are classic and simple like push-ups and squats. All the exercises can be modified to any fitness level and can be performed just about anywhere and combined to make a circuit. Think of it as a way of portable training. As people get busier with their lives, I see them adapting this style of training to stay active.
The concept of HITT has been in the fitness industry for a long time but otherwise known as interval training. It can be used on any type of equipment (bikes, treadmills, rowers, ellipticals, etc.) or incorporated into a group class such as boot camp or CrossFit. I don’t see this style of training leaving the gyms anytime soon.
If you’re looking to save time, this is the workout for you. If you want a quick way to burn some calories by alternating between rest and quick bursts of high-intensity exercise, then try a HITT workout once or twice a week.
Do you spend hours upon hours in the gym to lose weight? I’m seeing an increasing number of women in the gyms doing strength training. Women are finally realizing that lifting weights will not make them bulky. In fact, they are seeing results within weeks with weight loss and their bodies change shape by getting more toned. The simple fact that having more muscle will help them burn more fat and boost their metabolism is a sure weight to keep at it. What’s great about weight training is that you can constantly change up the way you train. There are countless ways to keep it fun and full of variety. Beyond the weight loss and toning, strength training has many more benefits such as improving bone density, reducing stress, reducing risk of injury, and increasing energy levels.
I see a trend with more women overtaking the weight areas in gyms and actually dominating them as they get more comfortable with strength training.
This is not a fitness trend but it’s making its way into the fitness industry and quickly. Many top athletes at all levels of sport including professionals are adapting a whole foods and plant-based lifestyle. These athletes are seeing significant results in recovery and performance. Why? When you add more nutrients onto your plate that come from whole foods, they provide you with essential nutrients and more energy. Foods such as animal products are loaded in saturated fat and contain very little nutrients and people are becoming more aware of what they put into their bodies. When people get more educated on foods, especially protein, they start to see not only the weight come off but their energy level increase, and able to recover faster, train longer, and get faster.
Nutrition is a big part of fitness and the two go hand-in-hand. Don’t get left behind, start focusing on consuming more whole foods as nutrition isn’t going away. In fact, I see nutrition surpassing fitness in terms of the number one way to lose weight and increase performance. Backed by science, nutrition is the hottest topic in the wellness and fitness industry.
Getting Back to Nature
More people are taking it outdoors to get active. The term ‘fitness’ will be used less and the word ‘active living’ will be used more. People will be taking their workouts outdoors to get back to nature to not just get physically fit but emotionally fit. The de-stressing factor of being outdoors will make people’s workouts more enjoyable and the frequency of workouts will increase.
I predict that more people will be visiting their local parks and forests to hike, run, bike, or do their own bootcamp class.
Eat Clean & Live Green!
Your Compassionate Coach,