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We Predict the 2019 Fitness Trends

Lose weight and get in shape — perhaps the most popular New Year’s resolutions every year. Making matters easier and more fun: our predictions for 2019 fitness trends.

Boutique Studios Stay Strong

There are some new kids on the boutique block. Rowing, running, and VersaClimbers are all having a big moment with studios devoted solely to their practice. The beauty of these workouts is that they effectively combine cardio with total-body conditioning in a short amount of time. In fact, VersaClimber classes like those at District Climb in Dallas are usually no longer than 30 minutes, which brings us to the next trend.

Express Workouts Pick Up

In today’s busy world, you want the maximum burn in the minimum time. Enter the express workout, an abbreviated version of your favorite studio class. The condensed classes pack a punch in a 30- or 45-minute session designed to get you moving and on with your day. 

Gyms Get In on the Studio Game

You go to the cycle studio for spin, the yoga studio for vinyasa, and the gym for weight training. But the big-box gyms don’t want you running all over town. Expect to see more designated yoga and cycle spaces designed to provide the intimate feel of your favorite studio within a gym setting. 

mirror virtual workout

Virtual Workouts Take Off

Peloton is undoubtedly the leader in the virtual workout, offering hundreds of live and recorded cycle and treadmill classes to stream or watch on demand. Their success has spawned other companies like RowLab for virtual rowing workouts; Pilates Anytime for Pilates; and the Mirror home gym that offers everything from cardio and strength training to boxing, yoga, and more, all via a sleek, full-length mirror that can go in any room in your house.

Recovery Spaces Emerge

If you still think that 15 minutes with a foam roller counts as recovery, you’re missing out. Recovery has extended to include entire studios devoted to helping everyone from the professional athlete to the weekend warrior get some rest. ReCover in New York is one of the newest to offer everything from compression therapy to a NuCalm chamber, which claims to provide “two to four hours of restorative sleep in one 30-minute session.”  

Fitness Travel Trends

Escape to Shape pioneered the luxury fitness travel space. Orangetheory recently announced that it will expand into hotels for travelers who don’t want to miss a class. We also expect to see a surge in wellness retreats across the country from luxury resorts on tropical islands, to quaint cabins in the Texas Hill Country. The retreats offer a wide menu of services under one roof, from yoga, to boot camp, lectures, meals, and much more.

Photos: Mauro Grigollo; Mirror

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