Truthfully, I am not a huge fan of the word “trend,” especially when it concerns my industry. Fitness is supposed to be a lifestyle. It needs to be a part of your day, a part of you. That’s the only way it will work for you.
But at the end of the day, if we want to be really honest here; it’s not for everyone and sometimes people need that extra push to get motivated. Trends are helpful in this because you are making yourself a part of something. You are a part of a movement.
What I really enjoyed about 2015 was that fitness permeated everything. The conversation was literally unavoidable. Amongst the media, the fashion industry, and technology, you couldn’t not, not think about fitness. WE ARE ALL WORKING OUT (or feeling bad that we are not). The 2015 health movement was mad real. The most exciting part was that people began to shy away from the traditional gym routine. Fitness became social. It became competitive. It became necessary.
Statistically, 2016 should be the best year for the fitness industry to date. Wearable devices, iPhone Apps, and fitness fashion have all served as catalysts in terms of increasing the subconscious impact fitness has on consumers. Consequently, the industry has evolved from experiencing such.
What I like about 2016 (I know we aren’t there yet, but i’m too excited) is that we are embracing new ways of working out. Here are 5 trends I know will take off in 2016:
1. Functional Fitness. Exercises made to mimic daily movements. When you pick up your groceries, that’s a deadlift. When you raise your kid up in the air (carefully), that’s a shoulder press. These are fundamental movements that should never be difficult for the average, healthy adult. Mimicking these through exercise, creates a solid multi-joint, multi-muscle workout. It is aimed to improve stability, balance, and core strength.
Why it’s good: It will improve the quality of your life. Need more of a reason?
2. Metabolic Training. Almost everyone has used the excuse, “I don’t have time to workout.” There are 1,440 minutes in a day; use 30 of them to metabolically train. The whole point of metabolic training is to increase your metabolic rate both during and after your workout in order to maximize calorie burn. To lose weight you have to expend more calories than you consume. (Your metabolism is how many calories you burn at rest). Raising your heart rate (to about 90% of your maxHR) and limiting your rest time in between sets is in essence, metabolic training. The whole point of this form of exercise is to complete structural and compound exercises in a short amount of of time. Gas yourself out. I like metabolic training because it makes me feel like an athlete. It makes me feel like I got my ass handed to me. It also makes my clients hate me. But when the fat melts off, they love me ;).
Here is an example of metabolic training:
10 Deadlifts @ 135
10 Over Bar Burpees
Rest 30 seconds
3. Body-Weight Training Your body is a free gym membership. You don’t HAVE to lift weights to lose weight. In my opinion, it’s more impressive to be able to do a pull-up than to be able to bench press 225lbs. Body-weight exercises, such as burpees (calm down, they’re good for you), push-ups, air squats, jump squats, lunges, pull-ups, plyometrics, etc. are all scalable movements that everyone can do, even if it is slightly modified. The cool thing about body-weight training is that you can make it however intense you want by increasing your reps, or putting yourself on a time limit (metabolic training).
4. Olympic lifting. If we had to define the fitness industry in 2015 using one word, it would be Crossfit. To be completely honest with you, all of these trends for 2016 have evolved FROM Crossfit. The number one, single most important piece of equipment that has completely transformed by entire body, and outlook on fitness in general, is a barbell. I actually think I spent more time with a barbell than my boyfriend in 2015. Deadlifts, back squats, clean and jerks, push presses, etc… will no doubt transform your body.
Why? The width and length of the bar. When you do a bicep curl you have 1 plane of motion. When you do a clean and jerk from the floor, you are literally using every muscle in your body. The entire cardiovascular system is also simultaneously utilized. What muscles do olympic lifts build? Everything. Literally, every single one.
5. Sports-Specific Training. You are an athlete. Seriously, you workout? You’re an athlete. Treat yourself like one. Races like Tough Mudders, events like Crossfit Opens, and triathlons are going to be huge in 2016. I like sports specific training because it keeps you accountable and structured. You are constantly trying to improve your craft. This will make you a more dedicated and focused person. Pick a race, join a team, train for SOMETHING.
You have 2 days left to get ready to make 2016 your best fitness year yet.