Each December, we look forward to forecast reports which outline all of the buzzy trends we can expect to see in the coming year. These predictions help us stay up to date on all things beauty, health, and wellness. What can we say? We like to be prepared.
Today is the day that ClassPass (the company that allows its customers to hop between different fitness studios without individual memberships), released its annual fitness forecast. Believe us when we say that it is extremely detailed, like predicting-the-most-popular-workout-by-each-major-city detailed. Thanks to ClassPass, we now know what major fitness trends to prepare for in 2019 and, just as importantly, which ones to leave behind in 2018. Let's just say, for example, that treadmills will surge in popularity but not in the way you might expect. Keep scrolling to get a sneak peek at 2019's buzziest fitness trends, even before the calendar pages turn.
The Most Popular Workout
Let's start with the predictions for the most popular workout according to each major city. As you can see from the infographic, yoga continues its reign as one of the most popular workouts across the United States—particularly in cities like Portland, Santa Barbara, and Orlando. However, it won't earn the top spot, since the workout that will far out-strip yoga is strength training. That's right; strength training will be the most popular workout of 2019. It makes sense considering the physical and mental benefits of consistent strength training are varied and significant.
The Fastest-Growing Trend
Believe it or not, ClassPass says treadmills are back. Or at least, they will be back in 2019. The company predicts that treadmill-based workout classes, which are already surging in popularity, will become the fastest-growing fitness trend, referencing its own data that shows "an 82% increase in classes that incorporated treadmills in 2018 vs. 2017."
These classes don't involve stepping on a treadmill and jogging for half an hour. No, not in the least. They use a combination of cardio, strength training, and resistance to exercise the entire body in a single session. These types of classes are already offered at places like Equinox. There are even entire studios dedicated to this type of workout, albeit with slight variations (think of places like Orange Theory, which is a nationwide franchise, or Burn60, which is a personal favorite fitness studio located in Los Angeles).
Shorter Workout Classes Will Become the Norm
According to a ClassPass press release, the length of a specific workout class is a major factor for customers. "ClassPass users were 33% more likely to book a class under 45 mins (44 minutes or less) in 2018 than they were in 2017. We predict this trend of shorter class times will continue to rise in 2019."
As seen through the rise of high-intensity interval training (or HIIT) in the past few years, shorter workouts can be just as effective at transforming the body as longer workouts. In fact, these types of workouts have been proven to offer the quickest results. How HIIT works is by boosting the heart rate quickly and keeping it boosted throughout the entirety of the workout, which results in a shorter duration of activity required.
One of our favorite short workouts is Obé, an online streaming workout created by Victoria's Secret trainer and founder of Equinox's The Sculpt Society Megan Roup. Take it from Byrdie's assistant editor Erin, who is a newly converted Obé fan. "I've always found it hard to get hooked on any kind of online streaming class—either I get bored, I don't find them challenging, or they're just not fun. However, Obé has totally changed the game, and I'm so addicted. The workouts are short and sweet (about 25 minutes), require little to no equipment (just have some weights and a band!), and make me sore for days afterward even though I don't feel like I'm necessarily dying during the workout. It's like magic, and since it's created by VS trainer and creator of The Sculpt Society for Equinox Megan Roup, you know you're getting your money's worth."
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