For the last 10 years the American College of Sports and Medicine have conducted surveys of over 1000 health and fitness professionals world wide to identify the biggest trends in the industry. According to ACSM the top fitness trends for 2016 include:
Wearable Technology: I notice quite a few people comparing notes on how many steps they have taken or how many calories they have burned and its all monitored through wearable fitness technology. Devices such as fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices have changed the way we plan and manage workouts and are only going to increase in popularity.
Body Weight Training: While we may be seeing increased use of technology at the same time many are choosing to get “back to basics” by practicing body weight disciplines such as pilates and also outdoor sessions which incorporate simple bodyweight exercises. These fitness styles use minimal equipment, are super effective and provide a chance to find some much needed head space in a world of technology!
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): We are big fans of HIIT at Inspire Me Fit and all our fitness classes incorporate an element of HIIT as it is the most time effective means of both increasing fitness levels and burning fat. HIIT involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. To get the best of both worlds our Kettlebell HIIT classes mix HIIT with another top trend Strength Training, see below.
Strength Training. Strength training is an essential part of a complete exercise program for all physical activity levels and all genders. Our Kettlebell HIIT classes mix Strength Training with HIIT to deliver quick fitness results by incorporating two of the three essential components of fitness, cardio and strength (the third being flexibility).
Wellbeing and Fitness Retreats. With our increasingly busy lives fitness and wellbeing retreats are growing in popularity as a chance to take stock and focus on our personal health and wellbeing. Join Inspire Me Fit’s first ever Wellbeing Day at Cowdray Hall on 7th February for a day of fitness motivation and inspiration. A great opportunity to focus on your needs!
Personal Training. Working with a personal trainer exclusively on you individual fitness needs is undoubtedly the best way to reach your personal fitness goals. Inspire Me Fit is pleased to announce our new personal trainer Becky is now available for 1-2-1 personal fitness training sessions while Debbie is available for 1-2-1 Pilates. Watch this space for more information soon.
Outdoor Fitness Training. The additional health benefits of exercising in the fresh air and sunlight, not to mention the feel good factor are leading to an increase in demand for outdoor training. Outdoor classes are an activity we have trialed successfully in 2015 and are really keen to increase! Watch out for some new weekday evening outdoor sessions coming soon!
Fitness Programs for Older Adults. Populations are aging and quality of life is growing more important, especially after retirement age. More people in the 60 plus range are keen to stay active and functionally fit to promote a good quality of life. We are pleased to train many 60+ participants through our mainstream classes but will be giving further thought to introducing some more targeted training options for this group in 2016 to make it both functional and sociable.
Peri- Post Menopausal Fitness: We believe this is a time of life where many women struggle and can benefit from a well-balanced programme of exercise and nutrition. Debbie is currently studying for a global certification in “Fitness for the 3rd Age, Perimenopausal and Beyond” and will be looking to develop a future programme in support of 3rd Age fitness.
Exercise and Weight Loss. Exercise and nutrition must be tackled together to deliver a proper weight loss program. We are supporters of clean eating and actively promote replacing processed food with nutritious meals cooked from fresh ingredients. Our successful online fitness and fat loss Body Transformation Programme will be back in February supported by a number of ‘back on track’ weeks as we approach the holiday season.
Pilates. At Inspire Me Fit the demand for Pilates has continued to grow over the past 12 months, and in particular we have seen an increase in the proportion of men recognising the benefits not only in terms of better flexibility and core strength but in enhancing performance in sport. Our focus this year will be on introducing a series of workshops tackling areas of the programme such as back extension and how to perfect the Teaser.
So there you have it, Inspire Me Fit definitely fits with “What’s Hot” in fitness for 2016. We are looking to grow our offer in the areas described above so if there is something you like the sound of please get in touch so we can consider your requirements as we expand our timetable.