In the fitness space, new studios, devices, and ideas surface almost every day. Right now the space is so full of advancement and innovation, which is so exciting. All this new information, new studio offerings, and new device and app offers, however, can be overwhelming. Today, we share the 2017 fitness trends we love, why we love them, and why we think you'll love them too.
Wearable Technology: Today’s wearables track distance, and also provide heart rate readings, GPS route tracking, move reminders, and more. I personally love my Polar a360 fitness and heart rate tracker. This watch is both a wrist-based heart rate monitor and Polar personalized training guidance, as well 24/7 activity tracking. It even has smartwatch features like smart notifications and a color touchscreen. I love this device as it keeps me focused during my workouts, allows me to see live data about how hard I am working, and stores tons of data so I can compare my progress over time.
Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals: Members of the fitness industry are much more accountable and professional than in years past. This trend is likely because clients are becoming smarter about who they seek out for fitness related help and are making sure that the trainers they take class with and hire are credentialed and experts in their field. I personally love this trend because I am a firm believer in training with the best-certified and experienced trainers. As someone with prior injuries (and super injury prone) I find that training with certified and highly educated trainers the best way to push my body and develop my fitness without risking another injury or setback.
Strength Training: Strength training has science backed benefits such as building muscle mass, protecting against injury and illness, and boosting longevity. I am so excited to see strength training become more mainstream, especially among women, as it is so true that lifting weights and building muscle will help burn more fat and boost our metabolisms.
Mixed Format Classes: While studios such as Barry’s Bootcamp and Orangetheory Fitness have been offering mixed format strength and cardio classes for a while now, new studios are entering this mixed format space with creative new combinations. I highly recommend Rumble for a combination boxing and strength training class, as well as Box & Flow which offers a powerful mind body mixture of vinyasa yoga and rounds of boxing combinations on the heavy bag.
App Based Workouts & Live Stream Classes: While the love for boutique fitness classes is still real (trust me, we understand) it is now easier than ever to sweat on your own whether it be with an App or web based streaming directly from some of our favorite studios. So far this year we are loving the Sweat With Kayla App (which provides 28 minutes HIIT style workouts) and the Nike Training Club (NTC) App (which is fully loaded with over 100 workouts and includes visual guidance for every move). We've also heard amazing things about Barre3 online, which we haven't tried yet but are looking forward to trying soon!
Foam Rolling & Recovery: Stretching before and after a workout has been considered useful for some time now, but foam rollers, which offer more deep-tissue massage action, have become popular in the last few years. The idea of recovery and foam rolling after workouts is now viewed as so essential that some gyms are even introducing recovery focused classes, such as the one offered at Tone House.