8 Fitness Trends for 2018

Kickboxing, functional movement flow and brain-training… check out all the latest research-supported trends as reported by by Pete McCall at the American Council on Exercise

This is the perfect opportunity to gaze into the future and attempt to predict what will happen in the fitness industry over the coming year.

Based on wide-ranging research and numerous conversations with colleagues working for health clubs, equipment companies and education organizations, I’ve identified some of the fitness trends we are most likely to see in the coming year. The trends listed below, although not an exhaustive list by any means, represent opportunities for you to increase your knowledge as a health and fitness professional, and identify potential areas of growth in 2018.

(Note: If you’d like to judge the accuracy of my soothsaying abilities, here are the trend lists for 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. It’s a shame I can’t make the same predictions about the outcomes of football games or the stock market.)

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Boxing and kickboxing workouts will experience a resurgence in popularity.

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of studios opening up to offer these physically demanding workouts, as well as an increase in the number of boxing/kickboxing classes showing up on group fitness schedules.

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2018 will make a rediscovery of functional training.

After years of high-intensity interval training reigning supreme, 2018 will make a rediscovery of functional training that emphasizes movement quality over load and intensity. Lashaun Dale, vice president for content and programming at 24 Hour Fitness who specializes in being a futurist for the fitness industry, suggests that class programming will shift toward an emphasis on what she calls “conscious movement,” as opposed to simply pushing the intensity of a workout to reach the point of exhaustion.

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Fitness programs will become more mindful with instructors and trainers incorporating various strategies to promote flow states via exercise…

Check out the full article for more trends including mindful exercise, brain training, and more.

 

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PUT SOME UNSTRUCTURED STRUCTURE IN YOUR TRAINING

img_1815By Nicole Odell

Structure and routine are often quite important in our daily lives. We need routine, but to keep things fresh we can mix up what we are doing and try new things. We can relax a bit within our framework so we’re still maintaining some structure.

Most of us endurance athletes have a regular weekly schedule so it’s easiest to keep our training on a regular schedule. Quality workouts fall on the same days each week. We know what days we are swimming, cycling, and running if we are multi-sport athletes.

But sometimes we get stuck in a rut and ride the same routes, and our motivation falters.

If you’re needing a little extra motivation, or if you are a little bored with your routine, find a way to change it up.

Go exploring!

Spend 30 minutes on Google Maps or Strava to find some new routes.

Join in on a different group ride.

Make that easy ride a cruise to a coffee shop you’ve never been to, or hit up a trail when you might normally be on the road.

A change of scenery can remind us why we like to do what we do. Play around in your swim workout…swim underwater, try new strokes, teach yourself to flip turn, or work on that butterfly kick.

If you’re feeling stressed, bored, or just need a change of pace (even if you’re smack in the middle of race season), doing something a little different can be the ticket.

Remember, we do this because we love it! Keep your love for your sport exciting by switching things up once in a while.