Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2017
Trends may come and go, but the top Fitness Trends for 2017 are likely to become staples with strong staying power. Try them all, and better yet, incorporate as many as you can into your workout week.
RedZone still rules; HIIT (high intensity interval training) is here to stay. The metabolic effects are well documented. Fat loss with corresponding weight loss and body composition changes will keep RedZone high on the must-do list for 2017.
2. Small Group Training!
RedZone falls under this category, but so do a myriad of other formats. Small Group Training combines affordability, social exercise, common goals, and the expertise of a certified personal trainer. The focuses of small groups are virtually endless; cycling groups training for a century, running groups training for a half marathon, functional groups training for their first Tough Mudder, strength training groups, those training for a volleyball circuit, or those who want to be with likeminded friends who just want to get stronger. Your trainer will design a periodized program, help with goal setting, give feedback on form and technique and encourage participants to expand their limits.
3. Body Weight Training!
Awesome workout goal: be able to move your body weight. Pull-Ups, Push-Ups, One-Legged-Squats, Dips, and other body weight exercises are going to be more and more popular as people continue to focus on functional fitness.
Additionally, body weight training modalities such as trapeze training, inversion yoga slings, TRX, and balance training using the BOSU and stability ball will see increased popularity as functional body weight training continues to flourish.
The industry pendulum is swinging back to the early days of Muscle Beach. In the 1930s, 40s and 50s people went to Muscle Beach to watch the athletes do tricks on the rings, parallel bars, handstands, people-pyramids (including handstands with an athlete on the bottom holding the handstanding athlete above him). The spectacle was awe-inspiring; this trend may be difficult for many of us mere mortals, but with the growth of yoga and body weight training, you will see more and more people attempting body weight poses, postures, and tricks.
Yoga is not going anywhere. More and more formats have popped up over the last 10 or 15 years making it even more accessible for different levels of fitness ability and goals.
6. Recovery and Rejuvenation “Training!”
We tend to equate training to something that either elevates our heart rate, or challenges our muscles. Training can also be the practice of meditation, mindful breath, stretching, caring for your fascia, re-balancing the body. Fitness gains are not done during the workout; they come afterwards when the workout is complete. The Go-Hard-Or-Go-Home mentality will still apply on specific training days but mindful recovery will gain more traction in the hard-core crowd.
7. Large-Format Gyms with Varied Programming
Boutiques will continue to hit the market, but facilities with varied program options and modalities will have the greatest long-term success. Our attention spans are like 3 seconds long. Our bodies need variety in stimulus and intensity. Boutiques that only offer ONE thing might seem more inviting initially, but they are completely counter to what the human body and mind ultimately need. After initial fitness gains are made in one format, results stall; the body craves variety. Large format fitness facilities with variety in programming and modalities will flourish.
8. Nutrition trends will continue to emphasize the following:
- Cutting out sugar to the recommended 6 teaspoons for women and 9 for men
- Eliminating processed foods
- Eliminating all diet sodas and foods with artificial sugars
- Emphasizing complex starches and carbs
- Emphasizing an abundance of veggies, and fruit in the daily diet
- Emphasizing the importance of high quality protein.
- Emphasizing the importance of non-animal sources of protein.
9. Trainers specializing in Mindset Training
There will be a greater emphasis on mindset training, habit acquisition to minimize the need for will power, and coaches with good understanding of behavior change.
Technology and data to support goals will continue to expand. Power Meters are not just for cyclists any more; the next generation of power meters is here supporting runners. Wearables (and non-wearables like a Garmin for your bike) are already popular, but by the end of the year they will be as commonplace as having a phone.