With so many new ways to work out, from HIIT to Tough Mudder, we asked our experts across the world, how will we be getting fit in the future. Here is what they said about the trends shaping how we will be training today, tomorrow and beyond.
Staying fit is hard, right? We all know the feeling. I’m bored. I’m stuck in a rut. I’ve lost interest. We now know it’s not about willpower, but something deeper. It’s about seeing results, having a choice and having a social experience that builds confidence and creates positive habits.
Movement not Machines
The body is designed to twist, jump, roll and leap so it deserves to move as nature intended. Not in straight lines. That’s why gyms are becoming open spaces that enable free, dynamic movement. It’s more effective, better fun and most importantly, anyone can do it. Training that feels like play will continue to replace repetitive fitness routines.
Workouts My Way
Our relationship with exercise is getting more personal, which is what we all want. We want fitness on our terms and if it suits our style and fits our life, we keep going. So it’s about customised workout-plans, feedback, coaching and celebrating when we achieve goals.
Digital technology is transforming the way we workout. Wearable devices, wireless sensors and fitness tracking apps have become everyday training tools. No longer do we have to rely on scales and the mirror to track progress.
It’s about inspiration, not information
With the technology currently available, we can check our heart rate, measure calories and count the number of steps we’ve taken. But it’s about more than just the numbers. It’s about you. A tracker won’t pick you up when you’ve hit a wall or inspire you to a personal best.
Recovery is Key
HIIT training can be tough on the body. This has resulted in an increase in recovery techniques for muscle reconditioning such exercises as yoga, stretching and foam rolling. Recovery is essential after these sessions to prevent over training and help repair those challenged muscles.
Not too tough
Continuing with the trend of group training, other concepts that we’ve seen grow in popularity recently are obstacle events such as Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race. Think this is way out of your depth? Think again.
While it once seemed that you would need to be an athlete to complete one of these demanding events, it seems people are pushing themselves physically more than ever before as they seek a rugged, primal experience in contrast to the routine of modern life.
There’s never been a better time to get fit with more choices than ever to train and get active.
Experiment to find the right workout that suits your fitness level, preferences and diary. Or why not mix them up as part of your own personalised fitness programme. Ask us as we’d be delighted to support you.