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The Top 10 Fitness Trends of 2019


Want results?  Want to know what thousands of fitness professionals say about future health and fitness trends?


The American College of Sports Medicine did just that.

Respondents were asked to rank 39 possible trends—25 of which were trends from previous years—from 1 (least likely to be a trend) to 10 (most likely to be a trend). ACSM received 2,038 responses from across the globe, from ACSM-certified professionals, subscribers to FIT (their content digest), and more.


You'll be happy to read that Fitness1 incorporates all ten!

1. Wearable Technology

Wearable technology, like the MyZone heart monitors that display your heart rate on our two dedicated MyZone TV's, has ranked in the ACSM's top three trends every year since 2016. The merging of fitness and tech shows no signs of slowing down....maybe in 2019 you'll workout smarter instead of harder?

2. Group Training

ACSM defines group training as any workout with more than five participants. It first appeared among its top 20 trends in 2017, and innovation in the industry—like virtual group workout classes—are keeping it high on the list.

3. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)

HIIT took the top spot in 2018.  A HIIT workout, according to ACSM, involves "short bursts of high-intensity bouts of exercise followed by a short period of rest." Get an intense and very efficient workout with our XFit class!

4. Fitness Programs for Older Adults

As the population ages, it only makes sense that fitness offerings would cater to older adults. Build bone density and strength at any age, plus reap the numerous other health benefits that come with being active.  It's why we developed our exclusive (and included free!) "Just 4 You" class!

5. Bodyweight Training

This type of exercise uses just your bodyweight—think burpees, push-ups and planks (utilized in our XFit class, along with many other movements so you're never bored!) —to get you sweating. Your body itself is truly a great resistance training tool, especially when combined with our TRX workouts.

6. Employing Certified Fitness Professionals

We pride ourselves on only staffing personal trainers who are certified.  Not simply "fitness professionals" or "coaches".    We also require them to carry their own insurance policy.  Many of our personal trainers carry a college degree, and two of them have a master's degree.

7. Yoga

The ancient practice of yoga has been on the top 10 for many years, and continues to reward participants with mind-body awareness. Like our personal trainers, we require all of our group fitness instructors to be certified.  A free class at Fitness1 doesn't mean a sub-par class!

8. Personal Training

ACSM defines personal training as "fitness testing and goal setting with a trainer working one-on-one with a client."  People hire a professional for everything from dental work to house cleaning, so why not your fitness program?  We also offer semi-private and small group personal training, which allows our trainers into most budgets.

9. Functional Fitness Training

Functional fitness training is using exercise "to improve balance, coordination, strength, and endurance to improve activities of daily living." A body squat, for example, fits into this category because it mimics the same motions it takes to bend down and pick something up off the floor. Our XFit class is full of these movements.

10. Exercise Is Medicine

Exercise Is Medicine is ACSM's own global health initiative that encourages primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans.  We are happy to see the preventative side of medicine taking shape!

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