The Top Fitness Trends You’ll See Everywhere In 2018
From HIIT to yoga, here’s what we here at JDP Fitness are eyeing in for the rest of 2018.
Fitness trends come and go every year, but we’re going back to the basics for the remainder of 2018. We have written this list by including the fitness trends we think are going to be big in the next few months of 2018 but also full of useful and proven fitness techniques.
No vibrating ab machines on this list!
HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING
Looks like the rest of 2018 is going to be sweaty. A high intensity interval training (HIIT) session usually only lasts 30 minutes or less, but requires short bursts of (you guessed it) high intensity exercise followed by a slower-paced recovery period. For instance, you might sprint as hard as you can for 15 to 30 seconds and then walk for 45 to 60 seconds. You’d alternate between the two for a set amount of time.
There’s a reason people can’t get enough of it: The workouts are time efficient and effective if you’re looking to fry fat.
Fitness classes have been around forever, but they’re making their mark this year. Group training is a workout of five or more people led by an instructor. The possibilities are endless: bootcamps, boxing, cycling, and rowing would all make the cut.
These classes are designed to teach you something new, motivate you, and help you reach your fitness goals. Sign up for one with a friend, since working out with a buddy can push you to exercise harder and longer.
Our obsession with data continues this year. Wearable tech includes activity trackers, smartwatches, heart rate monitors, GPS tracking devices, and smart eye glasses.
If you thrive off the numbers, devices like the Apple Watch and Fitbit can enhance your training and help you stick to your goals. This type of technology is advancing rapidly, and what we’ll see from this market in the next decade is a bit unpredictable.
People have been using their own bodyweight for centuries as a form of resistance training, but bodyweight exercises have only recently been defined as a trend.
When you use just your bodyweight, you can work multiple muscles at once and work out wherever and whenever you want. Plus, you have countless moves to choose from, so it will never get boring.
These workouts also involve little equipment, making it a great option for those looking to avoid pricey gym memberships.
Can we even call this a trend? Classic strength training seems to stand the test of time. Everybody should lift weights: You’ll strengthen your bones, fry fat, keep your heart healthy, and build hard muscle. From strongman training to powerlifting and weightlifting there are now a variety of options avaliable to everyone.
Because there are so many styles, yoga trends are constantly changing, which gets people excited.
If you want to see better results in the weight room, then you need to work on your mobility, and getting a bit bendy during yoga is a great way to do that. Stretching just feels good, too.
Not to mention, yoga can help relieve stress, boosts your mental health and improves your heart health
Personal trainers will continue to be an important part of the professional staff of health and fitness centres. That’s because even one session with a trainer can teach you the correct way to perform staple exercises, like the bench press or deadlift, which is crucial if you want to minimise your risk of injury.
Plus, they can help you structure your workout plan, explain how to use equipment, and offer motivation if you need someone to hold you accountable.
FITNESS PROGRAMS FOR OLDER ADULTS
If you want to keep your bones and muscles healthy as you age, staying active is crucial. The current generation of older adults seems to be more interested in keeping up with their health, so we may see a boom in programs tailored to retired people looking to stay fit this year.
Functional fitness is defined as using strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to enhance someone’s ability to perform activities of daily living.
Think of it this way: Lifting groceries, walking up the stairs, and moving furniture around all require muscle. The deadlift, for example, is a functional exercise because you use your entire body—your arms, legs, and core—when you’re picking something up, like a heavy moving box.
Functional fitness helps you replicate the movements you perform in daily life, so that way, you’ll feel strong outside of the gym, too.