Fitness Trends in 2021
It’s safe to say that COVID has shaken up the fitness industry, and we’ve had to be inventive and adapt to new ways of working out to keep fit. Last year in particular, we’ve saw a huge growth in home workouts and virtual training streamed live into living rooms via Zoom calls, Instagram or Facebook Live. From celebrity workouts to a running boom, we’ve explored the top trends of this year.
Here’s some of the top fitness trends of 2021.
1. Celebrity Workouts
From Joe Wicks’ PE lessons to "Fiit" led by celebrity master trainers which offers workouts as short as 10-minutes, ranging from cardio and strength to rebalance. We’ve had the opportunity to train virtually with some of the biggest names in the industry.
And what a motivation it has been! Joe Wick’s, known as the Nation’s PE Teacher, captured the attention of thousands of us across the country to work out with him virtually every morning during lockdown. Whilst Chris Hemsworth launched ‘Centr’, an online training platform for adults to train with him virtually.
2. Online Workouts With Your Gym
Unfortunately, gyms across the country have been forced to close due to Covid-19. Luckily, with an injection of innovation, many of our gyms have now gone online. Gyms now hold virtual online workouts, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19 and keep people fit during this difficult time.
Users can live-stream workouts into their homes, and from the comfort of their living rooms take part in online group workouts. Taking part in group exercises helps increase motivation and improve fitness levels, so we’re a big fan of this new way of working out.
3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT workouts are short bursts of high-intensity training with less intense exercise or complete resting periods. This is repeated for a number of rounds, over a timeframe of 15-30 minutes on average.
And whilst they aren’t a brand-new trend, they are a growing one. HIIT workouts are gaining popularity because you can pack in a full workout in a short amount of time, in your own home. Not to mention, they have glowing reviews for increasing fat burn, improving your stamina, and getting you fit, fast.
As gyms have closed, fitness classes are on pause and people are stuck at home, running has seen a BOOM. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest ways for people to get out and do some exercise, and gives you the opportunity to help control and manage stress. Especially during these tough periods, it’s been a source of relief for many as it’s a great method to improve mental health & well-being.
5. Wearable, Trackable Technology
Wearable fitness technology includes smart health watches, GPS tracking devices and heart rate monitors. It enables users to track performance, sleeping patterns, heart rate, recovery, and much more.
Tracking your performance during exercise can help users to improve their fitness levels and develop over time. And with technology advancing every day, fitness wearables’ popularity will only continue to grow.
6. Cycling - From Road Bikes, Turbo trainers to The 'Peloton' effect
Cycling allows people to exercise, explore and allows you to travel further than by foot, escaping your neighbourhood. During the pandemic, it has been the perfect escapism for many, to cycle off and gain the freedom, that we have not been able to have across other aspects of our lives. On top of the benefits of cycling, quieter roads have given people more confidence to ride and more time to do it, which has introduced a new audience to the sport, making it impossible for us to purchase one!
Turbo trainer sales have gone through the roof, with the number of Zwift and Strava accounts also increasing exponentially. We have been able to gamify our cycling and running experiences. Strava is continuing to offer a spectrum of challenges, ranging from completing a 5km run to covering a staggering 300km distance in January. Virtual challenges will continue to be the easiest way to maintain fitness in a fun, competitive and digital environment throughout 2021.
The love of cycling proves no sign of waning in 2021, thanks largely to the 'Peloton' effect. Peloton is opening its highly-anticipated Covent Garden studio this year (new HQ for recording all live and on-demand classes) and have recently launched the Peloton Tread, providing an interactive, touchscreen treadmill for those wanting to mix up their spin routines, and Pilates classes. This has paved the way for other brands to imitate and offer similar services.
While exercise and fitness at home workouts might have seen a huge surge in popularity, so has walking and hiking in the great outdoors. For many of us, with weekends not revolving around social events or visiting friends and family, it resulted in daily walks around our local streets, parks and beyond. It may have involved a socially distanced catch-up with a friend in the park or a lengthier, ramble through National Trust sites or venturing to the countryside but we were doing it, we were walking, exploring and becoming more active.
And on that note, if nothing else positive comes out of this pandemic, it has certainly made many more aware of their health and fitness and introduced many to our world and for that we are very grateful!