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Fitness Trends 2016

The Next Big Fitness Trends for 2016

The end of the year is coming quickly and people are looking to motivate themselves for the coming year. January rolls in and we are likely to hear the same old New Year’s Resolutions such as “I am going to join the gym to get in shape”, “I am going to lose 20 lbs”, “I am going to join a sport this year” amongst others. Some people are looking for a quick fix so they look good for the summer. Fitness junkies are starting to look at what the latest fitness trends are going to be so they can beat the crowd.

fitness trend 2016No matter what you are looking for this year, fitness experts agree that variety is the spice of life! Educate yourself on the newest trends to see if they will fit in with your current fitness schedule! Current technology is also a way to stay motivated. Check out the latest and greatest activity trackers which are constantly evolving and bringing us more detailed information all the time!

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) just released its annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016. In it nearly 3000 exercise professionals predicted what they believe to be the most popular fitness trends for the coming year.

Strength training

Strength training helps to increase muscle mass, decrease body fat, increase bone density and rebalance hormones. You will find with consistency these benefits become permanent changes unlike other fad fixes that come and go. Strength training also makes you fitter, stronger and helps you to develop better posture. It has also been proven to reduce the risk of preventable disease such as diabetes and osteoporosis.

Ensure you find an educated, certified and experienced personal trainer. Infofit offers fitness professionals strength training courses including Sports Strength Conditioning Level 1, 2 & 3. These courses explore the evolution of strength training and learn functional assessment protocol to uncover athletic strengths and weaknesses.

Personal training

Personal training helps to reduce the risk of injury, provides professional guidance, gives you a source of motivation with accountability and teaches you effective techniques to achieve better results with less effort. A certified personal trainer gets you started in the right direction and will spark your internal drive to continue your health and fitness program on your own with revitalizing check-ups every 3 to 4 weeks. Personal trainers still top the fitness trends list!

Fitness Technology

Fitness trackers, smart watches, heart-rate monitors and GPS enabled gadgets are the undeniable winners. Some industry analysts have predicted that the wearable technology market will approach $6 billion dollars by 2016. The wearable tech industry is projected to grow 64 percent over the next three years, reaching $25 billion in 2019 when more than 245 million devices are expected to be shipped.

Body Weight Training

Get back to basics with a simple (but intense), no-equipment-required approach to fitness. No matter where you go your own body weight is always an accessible form of training. Your personal trainer can build a program tailored for you specifically. Hire a personal trainer if you are new to exercise to teach you how to do bodyweight exercises with proper form.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

These power packed workouts are performed in fast and intense succession, they are done with 20 seconds bursts followed by 10 second recovery intervals, alternating the exercise that emphasizes the large muscles in the upper body and with those muscles in the lower body. During the movement, the recent inactive muscles fundamentally have a moment to breath, which makes the process of these exercises important.

Functional Fitness

Functional fitness training is all the rage these days. It can be defined as a series of exercises that coordinate and condition your joints and muscles to work together in preparation for daily tasks you might do at work, at home or in sport. It uses strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance These activities include overhead reaches, squats, pushes, pulls, twists, bends, lifts, lunges, jumps, balance, sprint and climb. The plan your personal trainer puts together will include moving the body in three dimensions and incorporates may include sandbags, kettlebells, dumbbells and more.


Yoga has many styles and methods which all focus on using functional movements and breathing to create lasting mobility, stability and mental stamina. It comes from an ancient tradition and it is widely recognized for improving health and promoting relaxation. Yoga is very effective since it turns off tight, overactive muscles and turns on dormant, weak ones all at the same time. This two-for-one effect, is becoming quite popular with personal trainers and other fitness professionals.

Wellness Coaching 

Health coaches incorporate behavioral changes with health promotion. Health Coaches offer support, guidance and motivation to clients. Experts say that the ‘coaching’ industry will be exploding, for everything from business support to behavioral change and people will be looking for professionals who can guide them with a holistic approach to wellness.

Group personal training

This style of training has made the list since 2007 due to its cost-effectiveness. These small intimate groups enable people to get the benefits of having a personal trainer while keeping it more affordable. It also provides camaraderie with friends, co-workers or family which helps with motivation and develops positive peer pressure or brings out our competitive side.

Flexibility / Foam-Rolling

Personal Trainers everywhere are encouraging clients to use foam rolling for warming up, cooling down, and trigger point release or as a deep tissue massage. Prior to starting a foam rolling program discuss proper technique with your certified personal trainer.

The fitness business is ever changing and as with most industries there are always new things on the horizon. I am sure as the year develops new and exciting techniques or methods for training will pop up. Always discuss with your certified personal trainer whether or not these new trends are appropriate for you.