The new year has begun, and by now you’ve probably started on those New Year’s Resolutions — but if you haven’t, it’s not too late to get started. Your New Year’s goals are probably akin to that of the rest of the nation’s, so a healthier lifestyle is likely somewhere on your list. But before you hop on a treadmill or sign up at the swankiest hot yoga studio, take a moment to review this list. Curated by Pete McCall, a San Diego-based ACE-certified personal trainer and spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. Here are the predicted top fitness trends of 2015 — the stuff that works and the stuff to help you reach those goals.
We’ve become a generation that relies heavily on our phones and tablets. We use it to help us get around, communicate and even perform daily activities like ordering pizza. With the new overflow of online workouts, on-demand videos and fitness apps, it’s a natural transition for the fitness world to make. “As better platforms are developed, workout programs like Daily Burn will become more popular because people can watch and follow a workout on their mobile device,” McCall said. Nike+, Zombies, Run!, and FitStar are among some other fitness apps ideal for virtual training.
“HIIT will stay popular [in 2015], but the programming will become more intelligent,” McCall said. That’s because HIIT (high intensity interval training) already works effectively on its own, but this year the popular workout program will be accompanied by technology. McCall suggests that transmitting feedback from a participant’s heart rate monitor to a mobile device can help coaches and instructors make the suitable adjustments towards a more personalized experience. One studio that does this well is Orange Theory.
As studio workouts become even more popular, larger health clubs will start developing their very own studio experiences. “People like studio workouts because they’re challenging, and many offer drop-in rates so you only pay for the classes you take, while health clubs often have monthly dues whether you use the facility or not,” McCall said. So, before you commit to that fancy health club, consider taking your fitness classes a la carte. After all, there are dozens of studios to choose from.
Small Group Training
As with studio workouts, training in smaller groups will become more popular both in and outside of health clubs. “They can engage more people at a more affordable price point,” McCall said of the personal experience and affordability of training in smaller groups.