Top 5 Fitness Trends for 2020
July 30th, 2019 by Candis Hall
Summer is already in full swing, and before we know it, the orange leaves of fall will begin and the end of the year will be drawing upon us. We like to stay ahead of fitness trends here, which is why we’re already looking into what the top trends of 2020 will bring us. Let’s jump in.
Home workouts are nothing new, but they are still big business; especially in countries such as the UK that have a slew of celebrity transformational videos or reality TV stars wanting to share their secrets to success in the fitness world. According to Lauren Brown, CEO of fitforbeach.co.uk – a UK based health and fitness blog – we will see more of a trend towards the virtual personal trainer “allowing people to do effective, professionally guided workouts from the comfort of their own home.”
Wearables are already huge, and apps like Strava and Map My Run are popular amongst fitness fanatics not just in the US, but globally.
Samsung and Apple have been continuously developing it’s health and fitness apps allowing you to track heart rate, sleep patterns water/caffeine intake and even let you link other apps up to them such as MyFitnessPal or FitBit to track your usage accurately. We will see wearable technology evolve with some clothing brands hoping to install trackers in their gear, meaning that users don’t have to wear untrendy, fitness-specific watches or attach phones to their arms.
Data collected from such technologies will also likely be used to help insurance companies tailor their health coverage plans and pricing that’s dependent on a person’s overall lifestyle. For example, we know that living a healthier lifestyle and exercising can prevent the negative impacts of conditions such as diabetes and, by providing insurance companies with data showing we’re making practical lifestyle changes, we could get discounted premiums.
Workouts in the Workplace
Not only will companies be offering incentives to register at local gyms or, in some cases, even subsidizing gym memberships for their workers, they’ll also be focusing on fitness within the workplace. Some organizations here in the US already have group fitness classes that take place either during lunch hours or at the end of the day; everything from yoga to boxing to a quick HIIT session. Companies with larger corporate headquarters could see gyms being built in-house for their employees too. Like some fitness companies, such as Lululemon already do.
Evolution of the Traditional Gym
Let’s face it; regular gyms are boring. Who wants to go into some drab and dreary place and run on a treadmill for 30 minutes while they loathe every minute of it? Noone. Even traditional classes can seem a little drab these days, so gyms will be looking to create more fun and inclusive workout routines. We’ll also likely see an increase in smaller, boutique gyms that will focus more on an individual client’s fitness goals rather than pushing as many people to sign up for 12-month contracts as possible. Virtual classes will also mean people can train when they want to, no longer bound by the strict gym timetable.
All-New Sports: Glide Fit
People are always thinking of new and innovative ways to stay fit and healthy. It’s already popped up in a few places in the States this year but is said to become even more popular next year and will likely expand rapidly over in Europe. If you don’t know what Glide Fit is, it’s a type of HIIT workout that involves a lot of balance (probably not for me then). Participants stand on a floating platform on the water and practice stability exercises on the float. Sounds perfect for the hot summer days!