2017 was a great year for health and fitness trends across the UK. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) took over the fitness world. With its many variations and brilliant adaptability, HIIT showed everyone getting fit and losing weight doesn’t take hours in the gym or requires loads of fancy equipment. HIIT also increased the number of group training and box fit sessions, focusing on those fast tempo bursts of physical activity, getting that heart rate up high. In conjunction with HIIT, the inclusion of functional fitness was also a popular choice. Incorporating ‘real world’ movements, emphasising core stability and mobility to aid everyday tasks and injury prevention. The American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) predict the trends for the upcoming year and 2018 has got some new and exciting ones along with some of the biggest ones from 2017. Along with the ASCM suggested trends, we have thought up a couple for ourselves!
Similar to 2017 trends, HIIT is going to carry on its popularity into 2018. Allowing large groups of gym and class goers to get hard workouts done in short, sharp sessions. HIIT is just as good as steady state cardio for burning calories, as long as you work as hard as possible during those short bursts!
Wearable technology is another big trend that has been growing in popularity over the years. Gadgets such as Fitbits, smart watches and GPS trackers seem to be on everyone’s wrists at the moment, counting steps, calories, sleep patterns as well what seem to be endless other bits of information. All this tech is great for motivation, allowing you to keep track of all that hard work. If you’re a regular user, make sure you are hitting your goals each day, 10,000 steps each day is what’s recommended each day, yes, each day! That’s a good bench mark for anyone starting out too!
Yoga and Pilates
Health and fitness is not just about how fast you can run 5k. It also comes down to your wellness and psychological state. Holistic classes such as Yoga and Pilates are very a popular trend. Focusing on specific movements, holds and breathing to enhance health and increase relaxation. Let’s aim for a stress free (or minimal!) 2018!
One of the biggest factors in succeeding with your fitness goals is staying motivated for a prolonged period of time, not letting yourself slow down or give up when it gets tough. Sometimes we all need that extra push to help keep us on track! That’s why the use of personal trainers and experienced fitness professionals are looking to be used in a big way in 2018. If you know you get to the same point each year and end up just losing focus on your goals, invest in yourself and get someone to help you along the way. Another great way to stay motivated is to train with someone, find yourself a buddy or a group and work with each other for guidance and motivation.
The last big trend for 2018 is that more people are getting off the treadmills and are finding themselves working out in the weights room! Strength training is an essential component to any fitness programme. Lots of people go to the gym and tend to focus their workouts on cardio and mobility, which is great, however recently the focus is shifting towards including a far greater emphasis on the use of weights and strength training. The biggest increase in the use of strength training has been seen in women who no longer fear the weights room! For women, and increased muscle mass won’t end up making you look all bulky, it’s a win win all round. Muscle tissue burns more calories than other tissue, so increasing your muscle mass results in increasing your BMR, meaning you need to eat more! Putting on some muscle mass will also make you look more defined, it’ll pay off when you look in the mirror! Don’t worry about the scales on this one, muscle weighs more than fat. If you’re eating right (in a calorie surplus) and training right, you will gain muscle and lose fat!
Yet whatever the trend may be in 2018, the most important thing for you if you haven’t already is to just get started, get moving and get active! From that start point you’ll find what activities suit you the best and get you moving towards your goals. The Marlow Club offers tailor made programmes to suit you, helping you get the most out of your fitness journey. Come check out the club and see how we can make your 2018 the best year yet!
Who knows, you might end up starting your own trend?