Health club owners go to a great deal of effort to keep up with fitness trends. Over the last few years, fitness programming has expanded to accommodate a wide spectrum of training modalities that usually start in studios before expanding to a general population.
The most obvious example is CrossFit, a branded version of functional training. But you’re likely aware of other trends that have taken hold over the last few years:
- HIIT (high-intensity interval training)
- Heart-rate training
- Specialized cycling classes (e.g., SoulCycle)
- Boot camp
- Virtual group training (classes led by an instructor on a monitor)
- Augmented Reality
- Performance training (often geared toward obstacle races)
There is an assortment of group training programming known as “group-X classes” that recently moved up to second place in the ACSM’s top fitness trends. These include variations of a number of workout styles, including unique versions of dance fitness, core training, boxing, HIIT, and other innovations. In some ways, mainstream clubs are embedding the studio concept into their fitness programming.