The fitness world is no stranger to trends. Just like music, movies, and fashion, fitness trends can define an era. Remember those leg warmers and Jane Fonda workouts from the 80’s? How about those step workouts and bright yellow sports bras, circa 1995? Fortunately for fitness enthusiasts, these trends can improve your health. We can’t say the same for those wide-leg jeans! Here’s your guide to the fitness trends for 2017 that will be whittling your waist in the year ahead.

Wearable Technology

Wearable technology is redefining fitness and health, so don’t expect to throw out that Fitbit anytime soon! According to the American College of Sports Medicine, wearable technology is expected to remain the top fitness trend of 2017. Depending on the manufacturer and model, wearable fitness trackers can be worn on the wrist, clipped to clothing, or around the waist or chest. Common functions of these innovative devices include heart-rate, activity, and sleep monitoring, but these basic functions are only the beginning. In 2017, expect more activity trackers to adopt heart rate monitors, real-time coaching, smart phone notifications, and even glucose readings!

Online Workouts

Fitness technology is also helping busy individuals get amazing workouts from anywhere in the world. Free online workouts can be found on Youtube or even broadcast live via Facebook, and for those dedicated to remote fitness, online subscription services like Daily Burn offer an amazing variety of workouts that can be done anywhere, anytime. Some companies are even taking online workouts a step further. Peloton offers specialized bikes that allow participants to virtually attend spin classes. We expect many companies to follow in their footsteps, making 2017 the year of the online workout!

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Online Personal Training

Speaking of online workouts, personal training has also gone digital. Many personal trainers are now offering online services, such as weekly fitness plans, nutrition monitoring, and even live, one-on-one workouts. For those in search of an online trainer, websites like Wello and Hitch Fit can help match clients with the perfect coach. With the ease of online communication continuing to improve, we expect this trend to continue into 2017 and beyond.

Bungee Workouts

You may have seen viral videos of bungee workouts circulating the internet. Originated in Bangkok, Thailand, these high-flying workouts consist of elasticized bungee cords anchored to the ceiling, which are then strapped to harnesses around participants’ waists. These spring-loaded cords allow participants to perform high-flying dance moves and traditional fitness movements in a variety of positions, including upside down and on the walls! The bungee fitness trend has continued to grow and is popping up in locations across North America, even spawning new varieties, including Ballet Bungee, a ballet workout that allows participants to feel like the high-jumping prima ballerina of their dreams. This trend is so much fun, we predict bungee workouts will continue to pop-up in boutique studios across America and cement it’s place as one of the top fitness trends for 2017.

Dance Workouts

Zumba has been a mainstay in the fitness industry for many years and we expect the dance fitness trend to continue into 2017, with a variety of new dance-inspired classes popping up across the nation. Some of our favorite new classes include Strictly Come Dancing, a workout that teaches the basics of ballroom dancing while burning major calories, Pure Barre, a ballet-style workout that utilizes light weights, small weighted balls, and elastic tubing to sculpt a lean, chiseled figure, and Country Heat workout, a line-dance inspired workout that will have you yelling “yee-haw!” We’re also excited about the slew of 80’s-inspired dance aerobic classes springing up at gyms in all corners of the world. It may be time to dust off those leg warmers!

Small Group Personal Training

The popularity of small group personal training will continue to soar in 2017, as more people discover the benefits of this unique training style. More and more trainers are offering small group classes, which generally include a group of 3-5 individuals with similar fitness goals. Unlike individual personal training, small group training costs less and allows for group camaraderie and support. This positive “peer pressure” often keeps participants coming back to the gym week after week. Best of all, participants receive more personalized attention in small group training than in a large fitness class.

Boutique Fitness Classes

Boutique fitness classes are continuing to grow in popularity, comprising approximately 20% of the fitness market. Boutique gyms like ClassPass offer a host of benefits. These small studios specialize in a specific modality, such as spinning, rowing, or barre training. This intimate, specialized setting creates a community of exercisers with similar goals, keeping exercisers accountable and coming back again and again. CrossFit gyms have capitalized on this concept, creating a huge network of enthusiasts across the globe. Additionally, boutique gyms offer the latest in workout technology. For example, OrangeTheory participants are required to wear heart-rate monitors that ensure they remain in their target heart-rate zone, while IMAXShift uses IMAX technology to take spin class participants on an immersive journey all over the globe (and beyond) from the comfort of a studio. As long as boutique fitness studios continue to innovate, we expect them to remain one of the top fitness trends for 2017 and even continue their growth well beyond 2017.

Top 7 Fitness Trends For 2017 Wrap-Up

In 2017, fitness trends will be dictated by technological innovation and plain old fun. After all, who doesn’t want to bounce around on a bungee cord, take a trip around the world in spin class, or ballroom dance their way into smaller jeans? So, whether your workout is super-techy or super old school, 2017 is the year to get in the best shape of your life!

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