Top 10 Fitness Trends 2016

Top 10 Fitness Trends 2016

If you’re wearing a smartwatch on your wrist while performing your last set of pull-ups before you burn a huge amount of calories and improve your metabolism further with a 10-minute HIIT workout, you are following the most popular fitness trends 2016.

When it comes to fitness for 2016, HIIT training, bodyweight training and wearable technology are at the top of the list as the trendiest. Tech devices have become highly important in our daily lives and have changed the way we plan and control our week workout schedule. Wearable devices are so popular because they provide immediate feedback that can make the person wearing it more aware of their level of activity and can motivate the user to reach their fitness goals.


1 WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY will remain dominant on the fitness scene with a wide variety of heart rate monitors, fitness trackers, smart watches and GPS tracking devices from brands such as Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch and Jawbone, which can track your steps, calories burnt, quality of sleep and many more.

2 EXERCISES REQUIRING NO WORKOUT EQUIPMENT like squats, planks, push-ups and pull-ups make sure bodyweight training stays a popular choice for everybody because it’s a time-saving and economical option that can be performed just about anywhere, at any time. People have been using their own body weight for centuries as a type of resistance training but new packaging, especially by commercial clubs, has made it trendy in many different settings.

3 HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT) alternate between short and intense bursts of exercise followed by short periods of rest or low-intensity moves. An entire workout can usually be completed in under 30 minutes, which in undoubtedly a plus in today’s fast paced world.

4 STRENGTH TRAINING with weights remains a rock solid component that can be included into any workout routine to build muscle, maintain strength or increase fat loss.

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Wearable technology will remain dominant on the fitness scene.

5 THE NEED FOR EXPERIENCED AND EDUCATED FITNESS PROFESSIONALS is on the rise, emphasizing the importance of national fitness certifications and credentials, and the accumulation of continued education credits. So before you hire a fitness professional, don’t be afraid to ask for their credentials.

6 THE SERVICES OF PERSONAL TRAINERS will continue to be in high demand because an increasing number of people are turning to routines specially designed for them to meet their individual needs.

7 FUNCTIONAL FITNESS is based on the idea that the exercises people do should resemble and support the activities of daily life, such as bending down, picking things up, walking up stairs and pulling or pushing doors.

8 CREATING AGE-APPROPRIATE AND SAFER WORKOUT ROUTINES in the form of fitness programs specially designed for older adults will continue in 2016 with more studies being carried out examining the benefits exercise can have on ageing individuals.

9 EXERCISE AND ITS CONNECTION TO WEIGHT LOSS will stay a popular topic as the world continues to grapple with the growing obesity epidemic and people become more and more serious about their diet and personal health.

10 YOGA IS MORE POPULAR THAN EVER with a variety of versions coming out from all around the world. Yoga—which now includes variants such as Bikram, Power Yoga, Ashtanga, Yogalates, Kripalu, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Anurara, Hotpod, Sivananda, and others remains in the top 10 fitness trends for 2016.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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