The Top Ten Fitness Trends of 2018

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When you go out to buy a fitness franchise, you’d likely want to give the facilities a try, first. But what kind of exercise are you going to do? Fortunately, for those who are looking for the perfect workout, a survey from the American College of Sports Medicine has detailed the top ten fitness trends of 2018. These fitness trends can help you choose which workout you want to follow to achieve your fitness goals.

High-Intensity Interval Training

High-intensity interval training took the number one place in this year’s survey. A high-intensity interval training session usually involves short, 90-second bursts of maximum effort exercise followed by a bout of low-intensity recovery. A session of high-intensity interval training typically lasts about 30 minutes or less, though they can go for longer.

Group Training

Group training is on the rise for this year. Designed to be motivational and effective for different fitness levels, group training involves more than five people plus an instructor who will teach, lead, and motivate the members to reach their respective fitness goals. There are many types of group training programs, from aerobics to dance classes.

Wearable Technology

Activity trackers, heart rate monitors, GPS tracking devices, smart watches, and smart eyeglasses, though new, have been trending among fitness junkies. Wearable technology can give you interesting feedback on the way that you move by estimating your steps, standing time, calories burned, heart rate, and the like.

Bodyweight Training

Bodyweight training is a strength training exercise that doesn’t require weights or machines; it just requires your body. It’s free, versatile, and can be done anywhere, which is why it has become so popular lately. This kind of exercise is great for workouts anytime and anywhere.

Strength Training

Strength training has remained popular in 2018. It is a very important element of any fitness routine, since it helps maintain strength, improves muscle mass, keeps your bones and heart healthy, and prevents pain and injury in everyday life.

Educated, Certified, and Experienced Fitness Professionals

If you bought a fitness franchise, you would want to populate it with fitness professionals who know their stuff and are certified to train. Though certification standards differ by organization, usually, certified trainers have taken a standardized test that demonstrates their knowledge of gym safety, exercise form, and basic training principles.


Yoga remains as popular as ever, owing to its several different practice styles, from Power Yoga and Bikram Yoga to Yogalates and Iyengar Yoga. Though the different kinds of yoga go in and out of style, the popularity of the main practice remains stable.

Personal Training

Personal training is when you get one-on-one time with a trainer who can help you reach your fitness goals in a way that is safe, effective, and works for you.

Fitness Programs for Older Adults

According to the survey, there is a burgeoning market for fitness programs tailored to older adults. Our fitness needs change as we age, so it’s only natural that older people would want a fitness regimen that suits their needs. After all, staying active and fit is a good way to maintain bone and muscle mass and to reap many health benefits.

Functional Fitness

Functional fitness is fitness for daily living. It uses strength training to improve balance, coordination, power, force, and endurance. It is all about feeling strong and capable in all areas of your life.

No matter what kind of fitness trend you choose to follow, you should remember that you should do the workout that makes sense to you and best suits your fitness needs.