2020 was a year unlike any other, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing health clubs and fitness facilities to temporarily close around the world. People had to pivot from their traditional fitness experiences to embracing distanced and virtual fitness and wellness experiences. As we look ahead into 2021, a similar pattern is expected in terms of top worldwide fitness trends. Thanks to the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual global survey, we have insight into what the top fitness trends in 2021 will be.
Are you ready to make 2021 a healthy and invigorating year? Maybe try out a new workout? Read through this list to see what’s hot in fitness in 2021!
#1: Online Training
Developed for at-home exercise, online training has grown exponentially over the past year, with no sign of slowing down. Online training can be done at any time, in nearly location, and through livestreaming or recordings. Many local facilities and trainers have grown to provide online training within their offerings as a way to help build community and keep exercises engaged.
Did you know: Precor has partnered with Advagym®, which is included on our Preva Mobile app and includes workout guidance and tips. Learn more!
#2: Wearable Technology
A hot trend since 2016, wearable technology includes smart watches, fitness trackers, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. Used to record workouts, track heart rate, measure oxygen levels, and monitor sleep, among a myriad of other options, wearable technology is estimated to be around a U.S. $100 billion industry.
Fun fact: It’s quick and easy for exercisers to sync workouts that they’ve recorded from their smart watch onto the Preva Mobile app. Connections include: Apple Health®, Fitbit®, Garmin®, MapMyFitness®, Misfit®, MyFitnessPal®, Polar®, Runkeeper®, Strava®, TomTom®, and Withings®.*
#3: Body Weight Training
The pandemic has caused us all to rethink our workout routines and to focus on how we can exercise in limited space, and with limited props or equipment. With body weight training, you use the weight of your body, plus movement, to build muscle. Examples of body weight exercises include squats, lunges, push-ups, burpees, and dips.
#4: Outdoor Activities
Chances are you’ve already sought out opportunities to explore the great outdoors for your workouts, while also maintaining safe distances from others and enjoying the fresh air. Since facilities have temporarily been closed around the world, the pandemic has attributed to an increase in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, walking, which carries into 2021 as a top trend.
Idea: To help you train for your outdoor activities, consider bringing home the training tools to help keep you fit for all seasons. Find your training partner.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been in the ACSM’s top five fitness trends since 2014. HIIT exercise programs include bursts of high-intensity exercise, followed by short periods of rest and recovery, making them ideal for completing efficient workouts in 30 minutes or less. HIIT incorporates cardio or strength training, or a combination of the two.
Ready to give it a try? Try this HIIT workout developed by Precor Master Coach, Mary Edwards from the Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas, TX.
#6: Exercise Is Medicine
We’re jumping ahead in the ACSM trend list to bring you what we consider our #6 tread, Exercise Is Medicine. This is a global initiative to encourage physicians and healthcare workers to assess patients’ physical activity and give recommendations as part of routine visits. Exercise Is Medicine (EIM) has been growing in popularity over the past few years and aims to promote the notion that physical activity is linked to optimal health and can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions.
#7: Strength Training with Free Weights
Strength training with free weights includes free weights, kettlebells, barbells, dumbbells, and medicine balls. This style of training is specific to the instruction of proper exercise form. Once mastery is achieved with each exercise’s form, increased resistance and new exercises are added to build progressively.
If you have questions about any of these trends, we invite you to chat with our team online or to visit your local Precor authorized dealer. Our fitness experts are happy to answer your questions and help you reach your fitness goals.