The current fitness boom in the U.S. is riding a wave unlike any other and finding a workout that fits your needs is easier than ever. And no one expects that trend to slow in the New Year.
As this year nears its end, it's time to take a look at some of the fitness trends expected to be on the rise in 2017.
If you're a fan of working out in the great outdoors, then 2017 promises to be a good year as more options become available.
Outdoor gyms that include equipment like pull-up bars and exercise bikes have been on the rise, as have outdoor fitness classes. Meanwhile, outdoor events such as Tough Mudder have had high participation numbers in 2016 and will continue to be popular in the New Year.
Back To Basics
While you'll still be able to find plenty of fitness classes that seem to offer several workout styles at once, 2017 will see a return to classes that focus on the fundamentals. Functional fitness that improves your overall movement will be on the upswing, as will team-oriented conditioning workouts. Also on the rise are TRX classes, which use one piece of equipment and provide both strength and cardio training.
You'll have no trouble spotting someone who is wearing some type of fit tech gadgetry - whether it's a smart watch, heart rate monitor or Fitbit - when you take a look around your gym. There's no reason that fitness technology won't continue to grow in 2017.
Dance and aerobics style classes are expected to experience growth in 2017 while inspiring feelings of nostalgia for the days of leotards and leg warmers. But you'll see a fresh take on step aerobics and straight-up dance classes that will teach you to move like your favorite starlets while providing an awesome workout. And don't forget Zumba, which will continue to be popular in the coming year.
More Age-Specific Workouts
As baby boomers retire, they'll have more time to focus on fitness and will be looking for fitness classes and workouts that best fit their stage of life. Look for an increase in age-specific workouts that will help people stay fit and healthy as they age. This will include functional fitness that improves strength and balance, while also keeping joints flexible.
Working with a personal trainer like Ralph Roberts will help you stick to your fitness and health goals in the New Year. Sign up for the Train For Results Program and achieve your fitness goals all year!