Hey fitness enthusiasts! As we wrap up another year, it’s the perfect time to look back at some of the most beneficial fitness trends that have emerged. More than just fads, these trends are backed by science, offering genuine benefits to our workouts and overall health. Let’s dive into what’s been hot in the fitness world and how you can incorporate these elements into your training regime.

1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT has been a buzzword for a while, and for good reason. This training method involves short bursts of intense exercise followed by brief rest periods. Research has consistently shown that HIIT can improve cardiovascular health, aid in weight loss, and increase metabolism (Gillen & Gibala, 2014). So, if you’re short on time but still want a highly effective workout, consider adding some HIIT sessions to your routine.Check out our Class Schedule to find a HIIT Class that works for you!

2. Functional Fitness

Functional fitness focuses on exercises that mimic everyday activities, enhancing our ability to perform daily tasks. According to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, functional fitness not only improves muscle strength but also enhances balance and agility (Spennewyn, 2008). Think squats, lunges, and exercises that use body weight or free weights, which can be easily incorporated into your daily routine.

3. Mind-Body Activities

Yoga and Pilates have seen a resurgence, particularly with a growing emphasis on mental health. The American Osteopathic Association highlights yoga’s benefits for stress reduction, mental clarity, and improved physical flexibility and strength. Incorporating these practices into your fitness routine can provide a holistic approach to health, caring for both your body and mind.

4. Outdoor Workouts

With the pandemic pushing more people outdoors, outdoor workouts have seen a significant increase. The benefits of exercising in nature are well-documented. A study in Environmental Science and Technology found that exercising outdoors not only contributes to physical wellbeing but also to mental health, reducing feelings of tension, anger, and depression (Thompson Coon et al., 2011). Whether it’s running, cycling, or even outdoor group fitness classes, getting your workout in fresh air can be a game-changer.

5. Wearable Fitness Technology

Fitness trackers and smartwatches have become integral in many fitness routines. They offer a wealth of data, from tracking steps and monitoring heart rate to analyzing sleep patterns. A study in JMIR mHealth and uHealth showed that wearable fitness technology effectively promotes physical activity and can be a motivational tool for many (Patel et al., 2017). By incorporating this tech into your routine, you can get personalized data to optimize your workouts and track your progress.

6. Strength Training Over Cardio

While cardio has always been a staple, there’s been a shift towards emphasizing strength training in fitness trends. According to a study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine, strength training improves muscular strength, endurance, and increases resting metabolic rate (Westcott, 2012). Incorporating strength training into your fitness routine can provide long-term benefits, including better bone density and improved muscle mass. Check out one of our StrengthCon Classes for assistance with your lifts, or book a one-on-one with one of our experienced Personal Trainers!

Final Thoughts

Each of these trends offers unique benefits and can be adapted to suit your personal fitness goals and preferences. Remember, the best fitness routine is one that you enjoy and can stick to consistently. So, whether it’s sweating it out in a HIIT session or finding your zen in a yoga class, here’s to a healthier, fitter you in the coming year!

Stay active, stay healthy!


  • Gillen, J. B., & Gibala, M. J. (2014). Is high-intensity interval training a time-efficient exercise strategy to improve health and fitness? Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 39(3), 409-412.
  • Spennewyn, K. C. (2008). Strength outcomes in fixed versus free-form resistance equipment. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 22(1), 75-81.
  • Thompson Coon, J., Boddy, K., Stein, K., Whear, R., Barton, J., & Depledge, M. H. (2011). Does participating in physical activity in outdoor natural environments have a greater effect on physical and mental wellbeing than physical activity indoors? Environmental Science & Technology, 45(5), 1761-1772.
  • Patel, M. S., Asch, D. A., & Volpp, K. G. (2017). Wearable devices as facilitators, not drivers, of health behavior change. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 5(2), e25.
  • Westcott, W. L. (2012). Resistance training is medicine: Effects of strength training on health. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 33