The "what's hot, what's not" in the Australian fitness industry changes as quickly as the name of our current PM. Some fitness developments enrich our lives and improve our health and wellness, while others solely lighten the wallet with dreams that only come to be for the charlatan's bank balance.
The American College of Sports Medicine released their "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2019" and here's their list of what's going to be big in 2019.
Fitness trackers, smart watches, and GPS devices are still the #1 trend going into 2019. I'm the anti-tech personal trainer, but I'm becoming accustomed to my Apple watch. From calorie counting and heart / sleep patterns to monitoring movement of my clients, the daily news, music beats to the pace of my run, and never missing a phone call, my watch has become less gadget, more cool workout pal.
Cardio classes, Spin, dance classes, and step classes continue to trend – they're fun, complemented by music, and the group effort results in a mindless, motivating session with serious calorie burn.
3.High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Science proves that HIIT is how you burn serious calories in a short period of time. High bursts of energy followed by short periods of rest result in increased metabolism, fat loss, muscle gain, and heart health.
4.Fitness programs for older adults
The oldies have the money, and they're remaining healthier for longer – so they're looking after their health, with gyms and the wider industry taking notice.
It's cheap. It's efficient. It can be done anywhere. And it breeds weight loss and toning results just as well as time spent in the gym.
Of course it's on the list – just go to Bondi at 10am on Saturday where 85 per cent of the population is wearing +$700 of yoga gear for stretching and zen before champagne brunch.
7.Functional fitness training
Ten years ago, "functional" was all the rage, and rightfully so in 2019 as it continues to be the foundation of most workout plans.
8.Exercise as medicine
A global movement has begun with a nudge to the medical community of "less pills, more movement". Numerous studies show that a vigorous run can be more beneficial to the mind than the robot-esque writing of a script, glass of water, and two pills.
What didn't make the list? Authors of the survey declare "regional popularity doesn't always translate as an international trend", but dropping out of the list was circuit training, sport-specific training, and core training. Thankfully technology fell short as virtual reality wasn't a mention. Bootcamp, children and exercise, low-cost gyms, boutique fitness studios, boxing / kickboxing, and water workouts also didn't make the cut.
Ultimately, I could care less about what's trendy, as I respect a young man that smashes out a CrossFit bodyweight WOD in his garage while blasting Metallica just as much as the older women that I smile hello to carrying their backpacks during a Sydney Harbour Hike.
What's really important
Are you fit? Healthy? Lean? And move your body often? Unfortunately, you're trending into the Australian minority, and it's going to cost us dearly. A newly released study estimates the impact of obesity and overweight on the economy in the U.S. at $1.7 trillion – 9.3 per cent of GDP – almost 3 times military expenditure. As the obesity statistics in Australia mirror those of the USA, it's clear we've got a swelling problem that's going to take a chunk out of the economy's wallet.
It's sad that as we spend more money on health and wellness trends, we continue to spend more money on "sick". I'm just a former fatty standing on my soap box with laptop in hand. I'm less hipster and trendy, way more "no bullshit" in my approach to wellness: You gotta sweat, swear, and laugh while moving your body. Commit to portion control, fresh-healthy-tasty meals, less BS processed food, and more water, less wine.
That ain't trendy, but that's the answer to weight loss, health and wellness in 1930, 1980, 2000, and 2019.
Passion for lifestyle change is the cornerstone for everything Michael Jarosky does. A Sydney-based personal trainer, he cajoled thousands of Executive Style readers to undertake his "Cut The BS" diet, and champions a charity weight-loss event, Droptober.
What new fitness methods are you keen to try in 2019? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.