Predicting trends in the fitness industry for 2015

With the new year now in full swing, new trends will begin to surface into mainstream. This does not apply to only music and movies, but it works in the fitness industry as well.

In the past years, we have seen trends such as P90x and CrossFit (both of which are still popular) come and go. According to The Chicago Tribune’s “Fitness experts explain what’s hot and what’s not for 2015,” some trends will be revisited and others will be brand new.

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While High Intensity Interval Training has been around for a few years, many believe we are going have to change the way it is performed going forward. (Courtesy of

The trends that will remain popular in 2015, according to the article, are High-Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) and competitive-based fitness. A large increase in people working out from home is also expected to increase in the next year.

When it comes to trends that will not become popular, it is summarized into two categorizes: steady-state cardio and zumba.

H.I.I.T. will be looked at differently in 2015. According to the article, “Recent scientific research shows that the current excessive participation unsustainable,” meaning that our bodies will not be able to continue the high-intensity workouts.

It is not that we have to stop doing H.I.I.T., it is that the concept needs to be redone to allow the body to recover in a better manner.

Courtesy of the Tough Mudder Facebook page

Courtesy of the Tough Mudder Facebook page

Competitive-based fitness has been on the rise for the past few years. CrossFit was one of the key players in this movement and then mudruns, such as Tough Mudder and Spartan Race, gained momentum on their way to popularity.

The Chicago Tribune predicts that this trend will merge into competitive fun, allowing people to use social media and fitness classes in a competitive way.

A new trend expected to surface this year is the amount of people who exercise from home.

According to Gretchen Zelek, the co-creator of Do or Die Fitness, “Digital media is being created for fitness and wellness professionals to provide unique ways for consumers to work out at home.”

The access people have plus the number of people that work from home should lead to an increase in home gyms.

While there will be the trends listed above, there will be fitness ideals that will be faded out, such as steady-state cardio. Research has already shown that this method is not effective and more people will make the switch to H.I I.T. in 2015.

Zumba is another trend from previous years that should fade out in the coming year. 

According to Teri Jory, personal trainer and star of the “Poise Fitness” DVDs, of the people who jumped on the Zumba bandwagon, many of them “have turned to other forms of training due to economic (body-weight training), time (HIIT) and practical (functional training) factors.”

While the year is still young, these trends are not set in stone, but it will be interesting to see if these trends become more mainstream. 

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