Fitness trends for 2019
What’s set to be big in the fitness industry in 2019?
In the age of social media, choosing how to get fit can be a confusing business. Which workouts are worth the price tag, and which are only a passing fad? We break down the 2019 trends worth trying…
Virtual reality fitness has arrived in the form of THE TRIP, an immersive workout experience from fitness innovator Les Mills. Currently only available at a handful of locations around the UK, THE TRIP is an intense 40 minute spin class where participants traverse digital worlds by cycling with a cinemascale screen and sound system. Explore futuristic cities and magical landscapes – all whilst getting your sweat on. Research shows that participants work as hard as they would during a regular spin, but as a result of the immersive nature of the class, perceive their effort levels to be less. VR for fitness has been increasing in popularity over the last couple of years, but with THE
TRIP, Les Mills has given it some mass market potential that will surely see keen cyclists flocking to a class.
All effort, all the time
If the last couple of years has shown us anything, it’s that high intensity interval training (HIIT) is here to stay. The Speedflex machine was built on the principles of HIIT – bursts of high intensity exercise followed by short recovery periods – but with the user choosing the level of intensity they wish to work at. The Speedflex is a unique piece of workout equipment in that its users don’t experience the momentum they might with other resistance machines; instead they are required to apply force throughout the entire exercise. Speedflex recently teamed up with Bannatyne Health Clubs to bring the machine to their members. With dedicated Speedflex studios in the works, the machine is to set be the next big thing for HIIT fans out there.
With the rise of VR, our workouts have become increasingly ‘gameified’ over the past few years, and with the ever-present demand to make exercise more interesting, some classes have started introducing competition into the mix – a trend only set to increase for 2019. F45, the Australian fitness studio taking the world by storm, utilises a little (friendly) competition to keep people motivated in class. Using their in-house app LionHeart, they display participants’ heart rates on leader boards around the studio, encouraging people to fight it out for the top spot, and even awarding points for effort after each session.
So long, Jane Fonda…
Where home workouts used to mean tiresome – and let’s face it, sometimes impossible – dance routines, now almost every class available at a studio you can do from the comfort of your home. Les Mills now offer their popular classes at home, allowing members to stream their partystyle sessions, while Fiit, another Netflix-style class streaming app, is offering individual training plans for 2019, providing those at home with a personalised approach formerly unique to in-person classes.
Our own Big Brother
The boom in wearable tech for fitness shows no sign of letting up as we head into 2019. The Fitbit, the Apple Watch and their many competitors have become fitness basics in the last couple of years, with devices used to track everything from activity and exercise, to food intake, weight and even how much we sleep. We have entered the era of Big Brother – but we’re only monitoring ourselves. Industry experts say that smart watches are just the beginning of the wearable technology boom – the next step will be smart fabrics. Companies like Wearable X are leading the way with their Nadi X Yoga Pants, smart yoga pants that connect to an app and guide you through your poses with vibrations and audio prompts – like a yoga teacher you can wear.
Go on THE TRIP in 2019
Stream sessions in the comfort of your own home