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5 Fitness Trends for the Year 2021 and Beyond

Prepare now to stay ahead of the competition in the future. These five fitness trends will help you develop a strategy that keeps your audience coming back for more!

Eric LeClair
October 12, 2021
5 Fitness Trends for the Year 2021 and Beyond
Prepare now to stay ahead of the competition in the future. These five fitness trends will help you develop a strategy that keeps your audience coming back.
Fitness Trends
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If the year 2021 has taught us anything, it is that our health should be our top priority. No one could have predicted living in a pandemic, and there has been a major shift in our fitness routine. Even though it has been a tough year for the fitness industry, new fitness trends emerged, and they are here to stay.

Before looking at the top fitness trends, you need to know the difference between a fad and a trend. Fitness fads are quick fixes and offer temporary results, and these remain in fashion for a short period before they fall off the radar. Trends, on the other hand, age well and remain relevant for many decades. People go crazy when it comes to new fitness trends as they want to know what the fuss is all about.

The pandemic has brought about a digital revolution in the fitness industry, and several trends will stick around. These newest fitness trends will continue to change consumer behavior and give rise to technology-centered fitness solutions, even once the pandemic is no longer a threat.

Hot Fitness Trends to Watch Out For in 2021

Whether you are specializing in Zumba training, spin classes, or strength training, fitness professionals need to be aware of the latest trends in the industry to stay relevant. Here are some of the best fitness trends to influence the industry:

Outdoor Fitness – New Fitness Concept

Even though outdoor fitness is nothing new, more and more people are venturing out into the outdoors to exercise. Since people have been stuck at home for extended periods, green spaces and local parks have become the go-to spot for many people since the restrictions were eased. Some of the most popular group fitness trends that people are embracing are yoga classes in the park, outdoor boot camps, cycling, and more.

Hybrid Fitness Gym Trends

Squeezing in workouts during lunch breaks is becoming quite popular. Fitness enthusiasts have grown used to the convenience and flexibility that online workouts have to offer. Fitness businesses offering hybrid classes are still going strong even with the opening up of their businesses. Even though a few personal fitness studios were offering in-person and digital services, the pandemic has forced other businesses to utilize online solutions and offer new exercise programs options to suit their consumers.

New Exercise Programs for Risk Groups

The pandemic has shed light on the most vulnerable groups. Whether it is older adults or people with certain health concerns, they are at a higher risk of complications due to COVID-19. This has led the fitness trend to focus on new exercise classes for these specific groups. Considering that even fully vaccinated members of these risk groups are not comfortable returning to the gym, small group fitness classes in a controlled environment or online classes are more popular than ever.

Specialized Exercise Styles to Connect Mind & Body

Yoga is the next big thing in fitness as people are exploring new types of exercises. When we talk about fitness, physical activity and health are the first things that come to our minds. But mental health is becoming crucial, and fitness goals today go beyond physical activity. Continuous lockdowns and feelings of isolation have led to focus big on mental health and for all the good reasons. People are looking for new fitness trends that exercise not just their body but their mind as well.

Wearables and Fitness Tech – Latest Health Craze

Fitness trackers and wearable technology are the new fitness buzzwords. Consumers are sharing more health data than ever before. With fitness innovations, personal training assistants, and AI coaches, the future of fitness tech looks very exciting. In the world of personalization, fitness brands need to integrate technology to remain relevant.

As a result of the pandemic, people are becoming more aware of the role that the fitness industry plays in promoting optimal health. More consumers will look for guidance on the newest fitness trends to improve their quality of life. Fitness and exercise professionals have already stepped up to the challenge, embraced the changes, and taken advantage of growth opportunities.


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Eric LeClair

Eric LeClair works on the Marketing Team at PushPress. Eric has been a CrossFit Affiliate owner for 16 years. He's built three separate gyms and developed over 20 staff members to run operations at those facilities. He's a Veteran of the US Army, married with two little kids, and spends lots of time with his two boxers backpacking and exploring new adventures!

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