The world of fitness is always changing. And 2016 has been a year of crazy innovation across the fitness industry.
Perhaps nothing will define 2016 more than Pokémon GO (more on that later!) Maybe the Mannequin Challenge or the unstoppable rise of the ‘Dab?’
For gym-goers, there has been no shortage of new technology that has revolutionised the way we keep fit. Now, with the New Year upon us, we’re certain that things will continue to develop in the coming 12 months.
To ensure that we’re all ahead of the curve, DW Fitness Clubs* asked experts for their 2017 health and fitness trend predictions.
1. Workouts – The more they change, the more they stay the same
Group exercise classes are always going to be popular, but which specific classes are going to be all the rage in 2017?
Frida Harju, the in-house nutritionist at health app Lifesum,** shared her thoughts.
Frida reckons that we’re set for a ‘return to basics’, with old-school classics set to show a spike in popularity.
“Boxing has already begun having a revival, as people try new forms of boxing such as the ‘Boxerina’ workout, which combines fast boxing movements to get your heart rate up with Barre movements to help strength and improve flexibility.”
“HIIT (high intensity interval training) has achieved great popularity in recent years, so much so, that we can expect to see (a new craze developing – ‘Floatfit’),” Frida added.
This essentially follows the same principles as a HIIT workout, but now the class is conducted on water.
“By taking part in the class whilst balancing on an inflatable board, your muscles work harder to maintain balance, thus maximising the effects of the exercises.”
This high-intensity workout has already started to gather momentum across the pond and is set to take the UK by storm in 2017.
“Known as the ‘Orange Effect’, the heart-based workout can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour and even continues to burn calories up to 36 hours after,” Frida explained.
2. Apps will take your workout to the next level
It’s not too hard to see that the market has been flooded with apps and gadgets that aim to help you to workout and stay fit. Our verdict? They’re here to stay!
One of DW’s very own personal trainers, Leon Williams, said that the trend to look out for is apps that allow users to create groups with friends and compete against each other. Apps that are both ‘motivating and challenging’ will be popular, with Leon adding that the more social and the more supportive a group setting you can create, the better and more encouraging health and fitness can be.
To put some perspective on this, according to the Guardian*** one Pokémon GO player reportedly lost two stone (12.7kg) after he walked 140 miles (225km) playing the game.
3. Fitness technology will be a game-changer – you can bet your shirt on it!
The connectivity of smart watches means it’s now possible to sync your workout with your friends. Here’s a rundown of some of the gadgets that we love the most. Expect them to grow in popularity in 2017.
The Hexoskin Shirt is a biometric smart shirt that provides you with data like heart rate, breathing rate and movement, and syncs up with a variety of wellness apps, including MapMyRun and RunKeeper.
iFit NordicTrack Escape
What do you get when you stick a 60-inch, 4K TV screen to a treadmill? The iFit NordicTrack Escape of course! This treadmill transports you to scenic locations around the world, and can also work with Google Maps.
A breathalyser that aims to figure out how you can lose weight by analysing the acetone in your breath, LEVL is sure to make an impact next year!