At a recent global fitness conference, the IDEA World Fitness Conference, fitness professionals were asked their thoughts on fitness trends to watch for in the coming year. Here are some of the most popular answers. Perhaps you’d like to incorporate one, or a few, into your personal fitness regime.
The first trend, which is already very popular and looks to gain in popularity into 2015, is High Intensity Interval Training. High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is popular with a large number of fitness enthusiasts since the workouts typically show quick results for all levels of participation. Examples of popular HIIT programs that you may have heard of are P90X and Insanity. As the name implies, with HIIT you are pushed to exercise hard for a set interval of time. You then rest and recover for an interval of time before beginning again. This training does not require much equipment other than a few dumbbells.
Online workouts are another trend mentioned as one to look for in 2015. Fitness experts feel that working out via an online experience will never match the accountability found by going to the gym. However, joining online fitness challenges and various contests aimed at the segment of the market that does not feel comfortable going to the gym with the general public, enables them to avoid any scrutiny and get fit at their own pace.
Fitness aimed at kids is the next trend that is bound to grow. These days, parents are concerned about their child’s activity level while a number of schools are cutting their physical education classes for budget reasons. Fitness programs for kids enable the younger generation opportunities to get the activity that they need and hopefully educate these kids about the benefits of fitness that will act as a guide for them as they get older.
Telemetry is a trend that we highlighted in an earlier article, Today’s Newest Fitness Apps. The fitness industry and technology will continue to merge as consumers will sync their wearable devices, such as wristbands and monitors, to their apps that will track their progress by logging their personal data.
The trend of shorter workouts will continue to be very popular. People who do not want to commit to an hour or two at the gym can now get an intense workout in 30 or 40 minutes in the privacy of their own homes. The workouts are harder but for a shorter period of time and require a warm up and cool down period.
According to the fitness experts, 2015 looks to be the year when advances in technology offer fitness enthusiasts the ability to workout at home via online programs while tracking their progress using personal feedback that can be used to tailor their workouts for optimal results. Shorter, high intensity workouts that take less time than traditional workouts at a gym will afford even the busiest person the chance to get fit and stay fit throughout the upcoming year.