Well guys, there’s only one month left of the year and its been a big one! It seems like every year the fitness industry goes in a different direction of what’s popular and what’s not. Remember the booty pose of 2016 – 2017? You didn’t see much of that in 2018 did you? And what about tracking macros? Nope, it’s all about body positivity these days. If you’ve been paying attention like I have, I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of changes in social media culture as far as diet, training, and mindfulness this year and, if not, I’m here to get you up to date on how much of the fitness trends of 2018 we should expect to see in 2019.
Keep in mind that all fitness trends are just that: trends. Some of them are beneficial and some of them aren’t. What works for one person may not work for you so if any trend catches your interest make sure you’re trying it FOR YOU and not because it’s what’s popular at the moment.
As the fitness industry grows in popularity more and more people are becoming certified personal trainers, which in itself is awesome. We need more health conscious professionals in the world. The impact that social media has on the public right now is helping that growth. Trainers have increased their business exposure to people from all over the world. I’ve personally connected with women from all over the U.S. as well as Africa and London. The extra expose is allowing trainers to be more flexible and offer online training programs.
As much as I love one on one personal training I can’t deny that the reach that I can have through online training is amazing. Social media makes it so much easier to talk to people and inspire people around the world that you may never have met otherwise.
Another big trend that you’ll see more of regarding personal training is group training. There are a lot of boot camps being hosted and there is definitely an appeal. Who wouldn’t want to bring a friend or a family member to enjoy a great workout? Also it tends to be more cost effective than one on one training.
As much as counting macros (macronutrients) is beloved by bodybuilders, athletes, and personal trainers alike, I think regular people are realizing that it’s not necessary to follow that sort of diet routine in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a nice physique. Now don’t get me wrong, it has its place. But for anyone who’s had or still has an issue with numbers such as counting calories or weighing themselves, due a bad relationship with food, it’s just not a good routine to follow because that’s what it focuses on.
More recently however there has been an increase in the number of regular people and trainers that are living more sustainably. There’s less of a focus on eating an exact amount of protein, carbs, and fats and more on just eating healthier and making better food choices overall while still seeing results.
This has changed the way people train as well. In 2019 expect to see shorter workouts with less equipment because there are more people that want to get in shape but the cost of a gym membership and equipment can be pricey. And it’s much more convenient than spending an hour or two in the gym working on a couple of muscles everyday.
High Intensity Interval training is a great way to work on your full body and feel the burn in your muscles quickly, so it’s something you should definitely expect to see more of in the future. It’s also perfect for beginners or anyone trying to lose weight because it gets your heart rate up and blood pumping and it doesn’t require any equipment.
Yoga will always be my first love and more and more people are starting to see the value in it. Whether you’re into fitness or not yoga is great way to relax, de-stress, and improve your flexibility and mobility. Also there are so many styles of yoga and it can be done by all ages. I’m sure I have at least 5 yoga studios in my own city. Its popularity has increased over the past few years and it’s only going to get bigger. One of my goals for 2019 is to definitely get back into a consistent yoga practice.
To go along with the more relaxed approach to health and fitness recently there has been an increase in influencers that focus on body positivity and self love. It’s something I’m looking forward to seeing next year. The thing is, the fitness industry is not all rainbows and sunshine. Just like the way super thin model-like figures used to be the sought after body type, now women are looking to be fit and curvy.
But let’s be honest here, not everyone is going to be able to get that type of shape naturally even if they tried. Yet it’s what’s popular at the moment. It’s disappointing that these ideals are having the same effect on women’s bodies that the thin models used to. Women in the fitness industry are starting to mimic women in pop culture, and vis versa, and I’m glad more people are starting to notice.
With that being said, there’s been a lot of focus on body positivity and exercising for health benefits rather than aesthetics this year. It’s great to see women embracing themselves and loving themselves more.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to change how you look aesthetically. But you should never feel like you have to or do it just because you think it’ll attract certain people. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Trends come and go. So whatever you try, make sure you’re doing it for you.
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