Last year saw an explosion within the fitness community as soon as fit became the new skinny. Pilates, Aerial Yoga, CrossFit, Mixed Martial Arts and many more new forms of exercise caught fire globally. While the idea of being fit spread like wildfire, it also gave birth to plenty of new opportunities. The primary being: the steady rise of technology.
This year, the fitness industry marries the tech one to create an entirely new kind of revolution. We take a look at the top five trends that are about to hit 2016.
1. Wearable Technology
Lose the measuring tapes and fitness diaries guys, wearable technology is here to stay. Estimated to approach a value of $6 billion dollars by 2016, this industry includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS-enabled gadgets. Your Fitbit will give you an in-depth analysis of your personal metrics, your Google Glasses will tell you where you need to be next and your Jambox will blast your favourite jam. Wearable technology extends to even smart fabrics and interactive textiles, although the popular ones will be the ones to hit off the trend. It won’t be long before the only watch you own belongs to Apple!
2. Bodyweight Training
Bodyweight training is nothing more than using your own physical body for all forms of exercise. It is separate from all others in terms of requiring no extra equipment. A minimalist kind of workout, bodyweight training is simple, effective and requires nothing more than a person’s time and dedication. Highly affordable – which is one of its’ biggest pulls, this ‘back to basics’ workout includes push-ups, pull-ups, core exercises, squats and more. Want to know why we think it’ll work? Cause you can stop, drop and roll right about now.
3. High Intensity Interval Training
‘Just five minutes’ is the essence of HIIT. A workout type that alternates between intense bursts of focused activity and periods of decreased activity or complete rest, HIIT has spread rapidly to different workout forms. Tabata (meaning ‘insanity’) is a type of workout that has been included in CrossFit training, amongst others. A specialized Tabata track usually accompanies this type of work out. High intensity interval training packs a powerful punch in a minimum period of time as it is concentrated, requires all your focus and specifically dedicated. HIIT is also complimentary to the increasingly busy lives we lead. Although it does involve certain risk in terms of a potentially high injury rate, with a limited number of precautions and care, it can have maximum impact.
4. Educated & Experienced Professionals
Thinking of going pro? With the growing economy, the market for fitness professionals has become more crowded and more competitive. For every yoga enthusiast out there, there are over five options in terms of classes. However, 2016 will observe a more professional fitness model. In this closely cutthroat environment, everyone will offer a competitive advantage. It is important that consumers choose professionals certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). As an increasing number of professionals apply for this certification, there will be an exponential growth of Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals.
5. Personal Training
Just like you don’t enjoy sharing your Oreo Cheesecake yoghurt, you shouldn’t have to share your workout space. This year will see workouts getting a lot more personalized, for what may work for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. In a way, this trend could encompass all other trends – combining HIIT with an educated professional and finding a time during the day that’s devoted to just exercise is the ideal new revolution. Finding a good workout and diet plan is easy, but finding one that works for you is the ideal dream. Just ask Alia Bhatt; even she likes her time with Yasmin Karachiwala (https://www.fitternity.com/yasmin-karachiwala-s-body-image-bandra-west) to be one-on-one.