Fitness Trends 2019

Let’s look at something very interesting and that is looking at fitness trends. There are certain trends in the fitness/health industry.

The Best Exercise

We all could improve our own health and some of us in the healthcare field have a task of helping other people improve theirs as well. What are the best things to do for your health?

Before you answer that let me be more specific; I’m not talking about the best prescription medication, the best chiropractic technique, the best homeopathic remedy or anything someone can do for you. I’m talking specifically about what you can do for yourself or what you can teach someone else to do for their own health. More specifically, I’m talking about exercise.

With that let’s look at something very interesting and that is looking at fitness trends. There are certain trends in the fitness/health industry.

Some things people do are fads; I’m not interested in fads. Fads like the waist shaker, the thigh master, and even the latest abdominal exercise. All fads. They don’t show up as trends. Trends are things that gain usage, support and attention because they cause or allow for changes in the fitness level or may I say in metabolism and function levels.

There is a survey in fitness trends that is done every year and I’m referencing “WORLDWIDE SURVEY OF FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2018; by Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM

Participating organizations include the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), The Cooper Institute, and the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP). Important organizations.

This is an annual survey by responders from five major sectors of the health fitness: corporate, clinical, community, commercial, and academia.

There were many quantifiable markers of the trends but only the top 20 were listed. There were even more mentions -- the list went up to 40. But you’ll be interested to know what the top 20 are.

I will share with you the countdown of the top 20 and will spend time on the top 3. All three of these I am going to predict will be in the top 3 for 2019 so this is January, 2018, wait one year to call me to see if this plays out like I’m predicting.

From a survey of qualified people around the world, these are the top 20 Worldwide Fitness Trends for 2018:

20 Sport-specific training
19 Core training
18 Wellness coaching
17 Circuit training
16 Licensure for fitness professionals
15 Flexibility and mobility rollers
14 Outdoor activities
13 Group personal training
12 Exercise is Medicine
11 Exercise and weight loss
10 Functional fitness
9 Fitness programs for older adults
8 Personal training
7 Yoga
6 Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals
5 Strength training
4 Body weight training
3 Wearable technology
2 Group training
1 High-intensity interval training

I could comment on most of these markers but I’m going to comment on the top three.

First, wearable technology. Wearable technology is really biometrics; measurements of metabolism, right? We’re measuring useful biomarkers; heart rate is the most common one measured. I think wearables are in the very beginning stages. Right now they’re mostly a novelty but I predict that these gadgets are going to take a big stage in fitness.

Wearable technology includes activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, GPS tracking devices, and smart eye glasses (designed to show maps and track activity) that were introduced only a few years ago. Examples include fitness and activity trackers like those from Misfit, Apple iWatch, Garmin, EFOSMH, Pebble Time, Juboury, Samsung, Basis, Jawbone, and Fitbit. Trending in this part of the industry today now includes smart glasses, with a predicted $1.5 billion in sales and smart fabrics and interactive textiles.

Let me show you how this plays out. Do you know about the Soviet Union domination of world athletic competitions from around 1950 to late 1980’s? Do you remember this story? The Soviets completely dominated the Olympic Games. Do you know one of their secrets?

I’m researching this subject right now so I can’t tell you everything but I will tell you it’s an amazing story. Here’s a third world country, literally a communist country, and the powerful leaders like Stalin, mandated that as one of the ways the Soviet Union could take over the world, they could be dominant in athletics. There was one thing the Soviets did that was different than all the other countries (and it wasn’t doping because most countries including the US was using steroids and other anabolics). You may think it was the grooming of promising athletes and completely supporting them and taking them out of the third-world culture everyone else was cursed to. Partly. You may think it was their training facilities. Not really. Not compared to any other country.

The real difference not publicly disclosed was the use of biometrics and the actual monitoring of physical performance. There is something here for another story, another time.

Our wearables are far better than the Soviets even dreamed, but they knew how to use bio-markers. I predict in the next year or two, you and I will use biometrics, wearables, to tell us when the best time to exercise, how much exercise to do, when to stop exercising for our individual metabolic makeup. You won’t just work out at 5 am - your wearable will be monitoring your metabolism and tell you what time is best. You won’t work out for 40 minutes - your wearable will tell you how long to work out. Gone are the 40 and even 60 minute workouts.

Yes, wearables will be smart and will help us dramatically improve our fitness levels -- as long as we listen to them and trust the data.

Number 2; Group Training. I think group training is a prognosticator, an indicator of a couple of things both good and not so good.

First, let me describe group training. In group training, there are exercise instructors who teach, lead, and motivate people in groups of five or more, in exercise classes. Group programs are designed to be effective sessions for different fitness levels and are motivational with instructors having skills that help individuals in their classes achieve fitness goals. There are many types of classes and equipment, from aerobics and bicycles to dance classes. Group exercise training programs have been around for a long time and have appeared as a potential worldwide trend since this survey was originally constructed. It was really only in 2017 that group exercise training made the top 20, appearing at number 6 in the survey.

My take on it is this. First the good. For people who need motivation to exercise and keep fit this group workout is a great idea. The other good idea about the group training is that for some people who don’t have any idea about what to do, a group setting is an affordable way to get training as well as a profitable way for the fitness industry to sell fitness. That’s a good deal for all parties.

The bad. From what I have seen I’m not sure if anything productive happens in group training. The trainers may not have a clue to what they’re doing or what to teach so they have the group doing 10 minutes of burpees. Or something. There is a great difference between activity and exercise. Some are purposed and intentional so that’s a good thing. Here’s where more training will help the industry.

Regardless, I think group training will remain high on this survey list for 2019, maybe falling below #2, wearables.

Now, number one and my favorite, high-intensity interval training, HIIT.

In 2014, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) was ranked number 1 on this survey. HIIT has been high on this list of trends since 2008, endorsed by experienced fitness professionals. In 2016 it was #4, in 2017 it was #3, and in 2018 it was #1.

HIIT involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery and typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform. Although being offered as a possible trend in previous surveys but not making the top 20, HIIT was number 1 in the survey for 2014 despite the warnings of many people who were surveyed, about potential dangers. HIIT has been in the top 10 fitness trends for several years. Many users liked this kind of program, the short time of working out. But some experts were concerned with a potentially high injury rate. Others working with clinical populations in medical fitness centers said they would like to try it with their patients but would substitute high-intensity with moderate-intensity interval training. Despite the warnings by some fitness professionals of potentially increased injury rates using HIIT, this form of exercise has been popular in gyms all over the world.

I predict it will be #1 in 2019 if I have anything to do about it.

This form of exercise was first talked about in the 1970’s but became popular around 2010. As wearables, I think we’re on the beginning stages of understanding the powerful metabolic effects of HIIT. For one, it’s relatively new which means secondly, it hasn’t been studied much. But I’m going to add a third reason we’re at the beginning.

HIIT is so effective in causing metabolic changes, changes to heart physiology, muscle physiology, and I’m going to say neurologically as well. The entire body is affected and is affected in a short amount of time.

There are many ways that people perform HIIT but do you want to know the best way to do HIIT? It’s the workout that activates the most muscles simultaneously. The more muscle groups that are activated the more the cardiorespiratory system has to function to supply resupply the oxygen debt created by muscle metabolism.

I invented an exercise machine that does HIIT in fractions of the time than any other way and it’s done completely safe because the user is performing the workout supine or on their back. In fact, I have had to research and study new protocols; we are beyond HIIT and into Maximum Intensity. What has been done in a typical 20-30 minute HIIT workout, we’re doing in 9-12 minutes.

Yes, I don’t think we’ve seen anything yet; we’re on the ground floor of very productive fitness applications for the personal user, you and for others if you are a professional working with others.

Gone will be the days of wasting time and effort for personal fitness reasons. There won’t be anymore excuses.

We shall see what happens in 2019 but I’m sticking to my predictions. Call me next year and we’ll see if I’m close to what the experts say.

In the meantime, please write me a note; info@myoride.com. Also, please subscribe to this podcast and share it with someone you think may be interested. Also visit myoride.com for the latest news and information about the Myoride Exercise Machine.

Here is the latest update about the machine is, here it is second week of January 2018. Nothing to report today. But I should be getting a call any day soon to begin assembling the production models. With that comes an entire new way to get fit and improve your fitness and health.

Take care of yourself.

Reference: WORLDWIDE SURVEY OF FITNESS TRENDS FOR 2018 

Peter Lind