Fit­ness trends for 2019

What’s set to be big in the fit­ness in­dus­try in 2019?

EADT Suffolk - - INSIDE - WORDS: Ly­dia Tewkes­bury

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…

VR takeover

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.

Healthy com­pe­ti­tion

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

ABOVE: Speed­flex

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