2020 Gym Trends You Can Expect to See This Year

Gym trends

Losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle have always been two of the most popular New Year’s resolution. More people fail than succeed with them though. But when you do, you reap the benefits.

Whether or not you have the same goal this 2020, it would be advantageous if you prioritize your health and fitness this year and the year after. As an overused cliché goes, health is wealth.

Ready to lose all that weight accumulated over the holidays?

One of your best options is to go to a gym and get proper guidance from a professional personal trainer. With access to a wide range of exercise equipment, you will also have a holistic fitness routine. 

What can you expect from gyms this 2020?

Nothing entirely new. Only modified and improved. 

As Jimmi Caan of Temple gym explains, “Today, everyone wants to look good, men, women, both young and old alike. The days of extreme bodybuilding are becoming less popular, and are being replaced with leaner and more functional physiques. What we have introduced at temple gym is a personalized nutrition service whereby members can have their nutrition taken care of and tracked by one of our in-house experts. We’re seeing more and more people utilizing wearable technology, so I think tech is definitely becoming an increasing trend”

Gym trends this New Year

HIIT (high-intensity interval training)

Not exactly a new trend, but this exercise program remains popular in gyms all over the world and shows no sign of slowing down. Despite warnings of an increase of injury rates because of the short bursts of high-intensity exercises involved, HIIT’s efficacy in weight loss and shaping up keeps it in the top five of gym trends. 

Some of the HIIT workouts that are highly recommended to burn fat and build muscles are:

  • Basic Sprint Interval – this involves jogging on a treadmill for 3 minutes, followed by sprinting up to 20 seconds, and then walk or jog at a slow pace. Do this for 10 rounds. 
  • Bike Sprint – pedal hard and fast for half a minute on a stationary bike with high resistance. Slow down and ease up on your pedaling for one minute, then repeat the 2 combinations for up to 20 rounds. 
  • Rowing Blast – row for 1 minute with the rower set at 2,000 meters, followed by 5 hollow rocks. Do another minute on the rower, then increase the number of hollow rocks to 6. Repeat until you hit the rowing distance set. 

Free weight training

This specific workout program involves the use of free weights, dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, and medicine balls. The training is incorporated into a functional activity or class and usually starts with instructors teaching students the proper form for each exercise.

Once you get the hang of it, the level of resistance is then progressively increased. New exercises are also added periodically. 

Bodyweight training

In this program, the training modality used is body weight. Thus, the name. It uses a combination of two things:

  • Neuromotor movements that employ movement in multiple planes
  • Bodyweight training with variable resistance

Because your body is the primary equipment needed, you only require a minimal number of tools. Some of these are weight machines in the gym. 

Good examples of bodyweight training are push-ups, crunches, leg squats, weightlifting, and the use of resistance bands.

With this routine, you will experience an increase in lean muscle mass, bone density, metabolism, and muscle strength. It also lowers the risk of injury and osteoporosis.

Functional training

This program is designed for senior citizens that have increasingly flocked to the gyms. It’s a fact that Baby Boomers and the older generations now live longer and, at the same time, want to remain active and healthy much longer. Gyms should capitalize on this growing market.

Functional training strengthens the muscles that are frequently used in daily living. It also keeps the body in shape and mobile, giving the elderly the independence of movement for as long as possible.

Some of the routines done during this type of training are squatting, lifting, pulling, and other workout routines that may or may not require training equipment.

Diverse gym offerings

Studies show that gyms that offer a wide range of services attract more members, giving them an edge over the competition. This is due to the fact that fitness enthusiasts want to increase their performance by engaging in different activities that will use their muscles and body parts comprehensively. 

A gym that offers martial arts, kickboxing, and HIIT on top of regular training, for example, can expect more new members this 2020. Time to think about branching out.

Fitness and overall wellness crossover

Consumers these days are more aware of their health, which is why an overall lifestyle of health and wellness will be a huge trend this 2020. What this means is that you are likely to see trainers, physical therapists, and dietitians in one place. 

Gyms will also integrate nutrition into their programs. 

As Jimmi Caan of Temple gym explains, “today, everyone wants to look good, men, women, both young and old alike. The days of extreme bodybuilding are becoming less popular, and are being replaced with leaner and more functional physiques. What we have introduced at temple gym is a personalized nutrition service whereby members can have their nutrition taken care of and tracked by one of our in-house experts. 

I think people are moving away from impersonal online coaching because they want that personal touch. Temple gym must be one of the first gyms to offer this service but I think the other gyms will follow suit and a personalized nutrition service will become a new gym trend this year.”

Wearable technology

This top fitness trend for the last several years will continue to grow this 2020. The application behind the device has been improved with astonishing accuracy, while the gadget itself has undergone both functional and fashionable modifications. 

The technology is no longer limited to just watches either. There are now wearable-enabled fitness clothing that will help you in many ways. One particular pair of wearable leggings, for example, uses vibrations to tell you if you’re doing the proper form when performing Yoga or Pilates. 

As fitness and wellness needs change, gyms and other facilities must respond accordingly. This year, you will enjoy the familiar and new in a place where shaping up and staying healthy is more than achievable. 

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