With 2019 just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to not only set new goals but also evaluate what is and isn’t working in your life. A great place to start? Your fitness regime. If you dread your workouts and are always looking for an excuse not to turn up (“errrr… I have to wash my cat”), your routine is probably in need of a good shake-up. Thankfully, 2019 is set to bring a plethora of fun new fitness trends you can try until you find something that sticks. From fusion fitness to the next generation of on-demand streaming, read on for 6 2019 fitness trends you need to know about.
If you’ve ever tried the climbing machine at your gym, you’ll know that it makes for a surprisingly challenging workout. Within just a few minutes, your legs are burning and you’re covered in sweat. So, it was only a matter of time before HIIT climbing classes became a thing. Sweat by BXR, a cool boutique gym in London, runs ‘Climb To The Beat’ classes. Held in a dark, nightclub-esque space with UV strobes and disco lights, the 45-minute classes involve mounting the steps in time to the pumping beats. Meanwhile, Rise Nation in Melbourne’s South Yarra is the first in Australia to jump on the trend, holding 30-minute vertical climbing classes.
It’s safe to say that HIIT and yoga are on opposite ends of the workout intensity spectrum. But nevertheless, they’re set to join forces in 2019, with HIIT yoga becoming the new fitness trend to watch. The class will combine the heart rate-boosting and fat-burning benefits of HIIT with the stretching and flexibility aspects of yoga, making for a well-rounded workout. The HIIT Yoga trend was pioneered by Colorado yoga studio CorePower Yoga, with US gym chain Life Time Fitness also recently launching their own version called Fire Yoga. No doubt we’ll see this workout popping up in gyms and yoga studios across the globe in 2019.
We’ve already seen on-demand workouts become huge in 2018 in the form of immersive-fitness classes, like the Mirror system. Next year, we’re likely to see more gyms jump on the streaming bandwagon, as a way of offering extra group fitness classes in off-peak times. Les Mills Virtual allows studios to stream pre-filmed workout classes like Body Pump, Grit and The Trip on a screen in their club, so people can follow the workouts in their own time.
Co-working + working out
Can you imagine not even having to leave your office to get a world-class workout? Thanks to the new fitness trend sweeping co-working spaces, this could soon be a reality. As well as healthy cafes, a growing number of co-working spaces are opening on-site boutique fitness and wellness studios. Wellness club Rise By We opened in the Manhattan branch of WeWork in late 2017, while Luminary allows busy women to sneak in workouts between meetings. In Australia, Creative Cubes in Melbourne has a yoga, mindfulness studio and an Orange Theory Fitness studio, while La Porte Space in Sydney boasts a beautiful Pilates studio and infrared sauna.
Good news for those who like the idea of running, but get seriously freakin’ bored after 15 minutes! Facilitated through wearable tech devices, audio-guided runs and run coaching are on the rise. Apps like Aaptiv give you real-time advice on your technique and speed, while Studio makes running on the treadmill more interesting with coaching, music and competition. It may be just the thing you need to motivate you to go the extra mile (literally!)
Return of the treadmill
Speaking of the treadmill, it’s set to make a serious comeback in 2019. We’ve already seen the popularity of group fitness classes that incorporate treadmill running like Barry’s Bootcamp, Orange Theory Fitness and Mile High Run Class and these will only continue to grow in 2019.