2015: Our Predictions for Fitness Trends

In the fitness world, we’re always looking for the latest and greatest—the things that can help us be out best and achieve optimum health. To kick off 2015, we’ve put together a short list of fitness trends that we expect to be the most popular in 2015, and with good reason. Without further adieu…

Body Weight Training
Body Weight Training will be a popular choice for many athletes for several reasons, but mainly because it’s easy to perform anywhere, anytime. Not to mention it doesn’t cost a dime. Now, you’ve probably already maxed out on push-ups and sit-ups in your head and thinking body weight movements are going nowhere fast due to lack of variety, but this is where you’re wrong. Throw in pull-ups, planks, and burpees, not to mention endless varieties on all of these, and you’ve got yourself a serious workout.

Functional Fitness
Just as its name suggests, functional fitness is all about the combination of strength training and other movements to improve balance, coordination, and endurance. You’ve managed to maintain a moderate pace on the elliptical for 60 minutes, but can you lift those boxes into the cabinet without hurting your shoulder? Functional fitness aims to train your body to handle day-to-day movements with ease. The next time you hit the gym, think about what you need your fitness, and combine balance and strength training to prepare for the race of life.

Strength Training
You may have a different mental image of strength training—one of bodybuilders and spray-on tans—that’s not quite accurate. Some of the most impactful benefits of strength training come to older adults, and include alleviation of symptoms such as arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain, and depression—not to mention reducing the likelihood of falls because you’ll be better prepared to stop yourself before you hit the ground. In addition to its physical benefits, strength training can also have a positive impact on your mental and emotional health.

Group Personal Training
We know, personal training can get expensive, which lowers the chances of you sticking to it. Enter: Group personal training. All the benefits of a personal trainer at a fraction of the price. Plus, you’ll get into the community aspect of exercise, which will provide additional motivation and enjoyment. You’ll likely be driven to improve your skills while working with a group thanks to a little friendly competition that might go a long way.

Yoga
Finally breaking into the mainstream fitness market, yoga is the perfect compliment to many exercise programs, or even great as a standalone practice. Plus, it’s offered in so many varieties that people of all ages and ability levels can benefit from the practice. Increased flexibility, breathing techniques, and increased strength are just a few of its benefits. Not to mention a sense of mental clarity and focus.

With all of these up-and-comers, we’re sad to bid farewell to a trend that’s on its way out: Zumba. We’ll miss your fun, quirky, and loud style, but we’re willing to bet that its gradual decrease in popularity will end in its disappearance from your gym’s class lineup.

Source: ACSM’S Health & Fitness Journal: November/December 2014 – Volume 18 – Issue 6 – p 8-17.