There’s a lot of buzz about 2019’s hottest fitness trends and the information can be, frankly, overwhelming, especially for beginners. So, we’re taking some of the top trends and breaking them down into three categories – beginner, intermediate, and advanced – so you can better parse which ones apply to you, your individual fitness level and your goals.
Fitness industry leader the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released its report on fitness trends for 2019 based on its annual worldwide fitness trends survey – now in its 13th year. More than 2,000 health and fitness professionals completed the survey, ranking 39 possible trends on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the least likely to become a trend and 10 the most likely.
Wearable Technology: The number one trend for 2019 according to the ACSM is wearable technology – think fitness trackers, smart watches and the like. While tech like this is useful for people of all fitness levels, it is particularly helpful for beginners because it can provide insight you might never have had before. Whether it is learning what your resting heart rate is, tracking the number of steps you take in a typical day or figuring out how many calories you burn on average, wearable technology can help you get a sense of where you stand right now and provide you with data to create realistic, informed fitness goals.
Employing Certified Fitness Professionals/Personal Training: The ACSM’s sixth and eighth fitness trends dovetail nicely and are both a fit for beginners. According to the survey, hiring certified health and fitness professionals is more important than ever. Working with a fitness trainer and/or nutrition coach is an excellent way to set yourself up for success on your own in the future. It doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment – do whatever is within your budget – but even a couple of sessions can give you valuable knowledge. A personal trainer can help you get comfortable in a gym – especially if you haven’t worked out in one before – help you create a workout routine, teach you exercises – and most importantly, teach you correct form to prevent injury and to ensure an effective workout. Similarly, a nutritionist or dietitian can teach you nutrition basics, find healthy alternatives to certain foods and help you plan out your meals.
Yoga: It’s probably safe to say yoga will continue to be a trend for years to come – everybody seems to be doing it and there are new versions of it cropping up all the time. While some types of yoga are more advanced – such as hot yoga – traditional yoga is based on mindful breathing and slow, controlled movements and stretches. It is essentially meditation in motion and is beneficial for both the mind and body.
Group Training: This is the number two fitness trend for 2019, and while anyone can benefit from and enjoy group training, it fits particularly well with those who classify themselves as being at the intermediate level. While the group atmosphere can be motivational, fun and can help you stay accountable, it can be intimidating for some people, particularly beginners. Once you have established your own routine and feel comfortable branching out, check out classes at your local gym, yoga centre or dance studio and see what feels right.
Bodyweight Training: This trend really falls right in the middle between beginner and intermediate. It requires hardly any equipment – not much more than a yoga mat – and is based on using your own bodyweight to build strength. Think of exercises such as pushups, pullups, planks, and Pilates movements. It’s a great way to begin resistance strength training and, as you get stronger, you can work your way up to incorporating hand weights, dumbbells, and barbells.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): High-Intensity Interval Training is the number three trend for 2019. HIIT is a type of exercise routine that involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise and then a brief rest period. It doesn’t have to be extremely intense, but we put it under the Advanced category because HIIT is designed to get your heart rate up rapidly and HIIT routines can involve a lot of co-ordination and switching quickly from one exercise to the next – a combination that might be overwhelming for some.