` The six top fitness trend predictions for 2017
The six top fitness trend predictions for 2017

The six top fitness trend predictions for 2017

2016 was the year of ‘smashed’ avocado (because we can’t eat one whole), clean eating and food prep, and squats making up 80 per cent of our Instagram feed, and according to Fitness First, 2017 is going to take fitness to a new level. 
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The six top fitness trend predictions for 2017

02.12.16
The six top fitness trend predictions for 2017

2016 was the year of ‘smashed’ avocado (because we can’t eat one whole), clean eating and food prep, and squats making up 80 per cent of our Instagram feed, and according to Fitness First, 2017 is going to take fitness to a new level. 

Lee Matthews, UK Fitness and Marketing Director at Fitness First, believes that next year is going to be all about: 

 

 

1. Next generation HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) shows no sign of slowing down in 2017, with everyone searching for the next challenge to ramp up the intensity of their work outs. However, next year people will be looking to make their workouts more effective. At Fitness First, we have a range of options to deliver maximum results in a minimal amount of time with our new HIIT CV equipment, designed to enhance any workout and which can be combined with other pieces of equipment: 

 

  • The Assault Bike – Popular with Crossfitters, the Assault Bike scales automatically to keep up with you as you push, pull and pedal with greater force and speed - the greater the resistance, the greater the benefits. There’s a multitude of workout options and it can be used for warm-up and cool downs, HIIT style workouts and post-injury rehabilitation, as it allows isolation/integration at a personalised pace
  • SkiErg – Inspired by the sport of Nordic Skiing, the SkiErg develops strength and endurance for a complete body workout focusing particularly on the arms, legs and core. Whether you're a seasoned skier, someone wanting an effective low impact workout, or are just looking for an incredible total body workout, the SkiErg is a fantastic choice to help build strength, skill and overall fitness
  • SPARC (strength, power, accelerated, resistance, cardio) – Designed to help you lose fat, build muscle, gain strength, boost power and increase your metabolism, all while remaining gentle on your joints, the SPARC operates in two basic modes: Circuit and Interval. Circuit Mode uses single, quick, high-power movements typically lasting less than one minute, while Interval Mode uses a longer workout with user-defined high intensity and rest periods

 

2. Ladies keep on lifting

With hashtags such as #fitnotthin and #girlgains ranking as firm favourites with fitness bloggers and gym goers, the number of women lifting weights will continue to be a big trend. Next year, we predict there’ll be even more women taking to the lifting platform and squat rack as well as women looking for specialist group and individual coaching to ensure their form is on point! At Fitness First, we have dedicated Olympic platforms which allow members to utilise bumper plates to practice weight lifting movements, including the snatch, clean, push presses, push jerks and split jerks.

 

3. Focus on form

Weight training might help you crack that perfect body but increasingly, gym goers want to be functional as well as strong. In 2017, there’s likely to be a boom in people looking for exercises that aid mobility and form to complement their lifting and muscle building. 

With this in mind, we’ve already introduced a range of training methods to help improve mobility and form and will continue to expand this over the course of 2017. For example in January 2017, we’re launching our new Pro Athlete class designed with member feedback and market research in mind. The 40-minute station based workout will focus on compound movements with five different lifts to aid mobility and improve form. There will also be a cardio element with the following athletic disciplines woven in: speed, power, strength, endurance and agility.

 

4. The year of the Tupperware

Clean Eating Alice didn’t just impress us with her workouts, her love of food preparation also made Tupperware cool. Once an embarrassment to take in to the office, people are now unabashed to turn up at a meeting with specifically prepared meals and preparing a week’s worth of food on a Sunday has now become the norm. Next year, as people’s interest in nutrition looks set to grow, so will their sets of Tupperware! 

 

5. Micro-muscle training

We noticed an increasing number of members training specific muscle groups and splitting their training. Celebrity culture has also had a huge influence on this and whilst in 2016 we received notable interest on how to train glutes, next year we predict that ‘quad gains’ will be more of a focus particularly with female members. 

 

6. Boutique offering at high street prices

With Instagram offering workout inspiration and high street providers offering innovative classes and training, the expectations of the average gym goer have never been higher. Next year, we believe we’ll see larger gym groups taking on the boutique providers with new and exciting classes and equipment. 

 

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