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Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2019 – which ones will you try out?

Posted on January 22 2019

When you ask someone about their New Year resolutions, it’s likely they will say they want to exercise more or experiment with a new type of workout. Mixing up your exercise routine is ever so easy to do, particularly with new fitness trends and buzz words always popping up.  

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released their Worldwide Fitness Trends for 2019 report this week (consider this to be the ‘Holy Grail’ of the fitness industry) and have identified the top ten fitness trends of 2019.

Do you think you’ll try out any of these in 2019, or are you already a trendsetter and these are currently part of your weekly routine?

  1. Wearable technology – data plays a pivotal role in understanding how we best engage with exercise. Wearable tech includes fitness trackers and smart watches, such as Polar, Fitbit, Apple and Garmin. These devices can track heart rate, calories, sitting time, and much more. Who has got one of these sat on their wrist already?
  2. Group Training – when working out as a group of five or more with an instructor leading the way, it’s hard not to be motivated. Bootcamps, boxing, cycling, and rowing are examples of how you can learn something new while achieving your 2019 fitness goals.
  3. High-Intensity Interval Training – otherwise known as HIIT training, these exercise programmes require short stints of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest. This training is ideal if you’re short on time or for those wanting to achieve fitness goals quickly.
  4. Fitness Programs for Older Adults – ACSM research demonstrates the current generation of older adults wanting to stay active and healthy is growing massively. Many gyms and fitness clubs are now creating bespoke 55+ workout classes.
  5. Bodyweight Training – this form of training is renowned for being one of the most effective as you can work multiple muscles at once. Bodyweight training equipment, such as TRX, enable individuals to workout within the comfort of their home with minimal equipment, yet they remain able to achieve their fitness goals.
  6. Employing Certified Fitness Professionals – note… this is different to personal training! Having people who can educate you to achieve your fitness goals is a growing trend and ensures you limit your chances of injury.
  7. Yoga – with yoga experiencing regular variations of trends, it is hard to ignore how people are drawn to participating. As well as giving you enhanced mobility and flexibility amongst others, yoga positively influences your mental health and has been scientifically proven to improve heart health.
  8. Personal Training – a consistent feature in top fitness trends, many more people are turning to personal training as a career. Personal trainers support you creating your training plan and teach you how to perform exercises correctly. Additionally, they can guide you in healthy eating. Could this be a new career move for you?
  9. Functional Fitness Training – this type of training requires you to utilise your full body when executing an exercise, such as deadlifts where your arms, legs and core are activated. Including functional exercises in your training plan subsequently supports you replicating everyday physical movements like carrying a heavy bag.
  10. Exercise is Medicine – this is a global health programme that encourages doctors and nurses to include physical activity assessments and exercise recommendations as part of every patient visit. Patients can then be referred to exercise professionals based on their specific needs.

So, there we have it – any of these been added to your New Year’s resolution list yet?

1 comment

  • Adam Fitzgerald: January 23, 2019

    I enjoyed reading this brief blog list, I always have fun following the big trends and see what people make of them. I’m not sure if I want to say I’m going to commit to any of them, because I have a very lazy gene in me!
    Because of the gene, I’ve unfortunately gone through a bit of weight gain and I’m not happy about it. I haven’t been able to find any diets / supplements / workout plans that work for me so I want to try something different. I’ve had a few friends direct me to a blog post ( ) that recommends something I’ve never heard of before, called The Fat Decimator System. It sounds a little daunting so I’m wondering if anybody has ever heard about it and could maybe give me some advice?
    Thanks, and keep up the good work on the posting!

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