Four biggest fitness trends of 2019

Recently, workout booking app ClassPass released data from 2018 featuring forecasted trends for the year ahead in 2019. So, if you’re looking to keep as up to date with your workout game as you are with the gear you wear while you’re doing it, then read on.

Recently, workout booking app ClassPass released data from 2018 featuring forecasted trends for the year ahead in 2019. So, if you’re looking to keep as up to date with your workout game as you are with the gear you wear while you’re doing it, then read on.

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Short workouts

Whether you’re a one-time only/never again gym-goer or a die-hard fan, you’ll be familiar with Les Mills’ cult 30-minute high intensity classes. They’re hard and fast, ideal for those short on time but want maximum results. The good news is, with more and more people finding themselves increasingly busy, we’re likely to see more hard and fast workouts added to timetables across a number of fitness facilities.

According to ClassPass, the length of time a class takes to complete is a major factor for gym bunnies. “ClassPass users were 33 percent more likely to book a class less than 45 minutes in 2018 than they were in 2017. We predict this trend of shorter class times will continue to rise in 2019.”

The best part is, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts boost your heart rate quickly and keep it up for the entirety of the workout, which means you get effective results with a shorter duration of activity. You’ll even get a bonus energy boost afterwards. Tick!

 

Treadmill classes are on the rise

The dreaded treadmill was all the rage in the 90’s and for most of us, we were happy to bid farewell but it seems it might be about to have its time in the spotlight again. ClassPass predicts that treadmill-based workout classes are one of the fastest growing fitness trends. Through referencing their own data, ClassPass discovered “an 82 percent increase in classes that incorporated treadmills in 2018 vs 2017.” 

While huge overseas at cult gyms Equinox and Barry’s Bootcamp, options are pretty limited in New Zealand. This year, Les Mills did it again with the launch of Conquer – a 40-minute class split into thirds of boxing, strength and treadmill running. Are you game?

 

Yoga still ranks high 

Yoga was one of the most popular workouts across the United States last year, and judging by how full those free Sunday morning Lululemon yoga classes always are, it’s safe to say it’s a favourite in New Zealand too. If you’re yet to delve into the body, mind and soul workout that is yoga, download an app like MindBody or ClassPass to check out and book in at a studio near you. Yoga studios often offer discounts and special offers to new members as well as multi-class passes that make each session cheaper too. 

 

Strength training wins!

The gold medal for most popular type of workout is strength training, which means it’s only going to get bigger in 2019 as more people catch on. We’re talking bodyweight training, CrossFit, free weights and basically anything that involves using muscular force against resistance – be it a heavy object such as a weight machine or medicine ball, elastic resistance or even your own bodyweight. You can even get amongst on the cheap by doing it at home while watching Netflix…win win. It’s an excellent way to build lean muscle mass, reduce body fat and burn calories. Just remember, it’s important to take a rest day when doing regular strength training to give your muscles a chance to recover and avoid injury.

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