5 Fitness Trends Over the Past 5 Years

Five years! Can you believe we're already celebrating our 5-year anniversary? As we celebrate our quinquennial, we began to think about the fitness trends that have come to life over the past 5 years. Below is a look at trends that have popped up since 2012.

2012—Group Personal Training

One of the trends that really became popular in our first year was Group Personal Training. One of the advantages of this form of training is the benefit of individual attention and personalized workouts without having to pay for one-on-one training. There is also more energy in a group setting, and a little competition in the gym is never a bad thing. As great as group personal training might be, the benefits to private coaching are irreplaceable.

2013—Body-Weight Training

Even within a gym setting, body-weight training has regained its popularity. What users of these exercises like is the minimal equipment used to complete the routine. Examples of effective body-weight training are pullups, planks, squats, and pushups. Another thing one can do to kill two birds with one stone in the gym is combining cardio and strength training. An example of this would be 60 seconds of high-knees between sets of lunges or pushups. Perhaps the most important benefit of body-weight training is that any fitness level can make it as challenging as they want.

2014—Yoga for One, Yoga for All

Within the fitness world, past friends named Pilates and Zumba hadn’t visited for a while but our best friend yoga is still alive and well. Many credit yoga’s long shelf life to the industry reinventing itself with hot yoga, power yoga, yoga for children, yoga for athletes, flow yoga, and yes—naked yoga. That’s what makes this exercise so great. If you look at a Zumba or Pilates class today, it looks very similar to what it did 5 years ago. The same cannot be said for yoga.

2015—High-Intensity Interval Training

As the quick-paced world got faster, people wanted their workouts to follow the same mold—enter HIIT. Despite being around for decades, high-intensity interval training never became overly popular until the fitness industry rebranded them into programs such as CrossFit and P90X. HIIT should be noted that it is not for everyone and is best suited for those individuals whom are already in great shape but are looking for a new challenge. Most of these super intense workouts can be completed in under 30 minutes and if you’ve ever completed one, you will agree that’s plenty of time!

2016—All-in-One Fitness Wearables

The health industry is in the midst of a wearable technology bubble that includes everything from heart-rate monitors to fitness trackers. From 2014 to 2015, the worldwide sales of wearable devices went up nearly 163% and the trend continued into 2016.

Companies such as Garmin, TomTom, and Polar have included fitness/activity tracking into their running watches and FitBit has looked into GPS capabilities. Your wearable device can now even measure changes in elevation or even prompt you when you’ve had too much Vitamin D and need sunblock. The wearable trend is expected to keep growing as more companies enter the market, each looking for new and unique ways to stand out amongst the competition.

When it comes to wearables, the gym goer should look for a chest strap that has a 99.4% accuracy compared to wrist watches that are only half that accurate during exercise. Check out the MyZone heart rate monitor available at Axiom for a fraction of retail price.

What are some of your favorite trends from the past five years? Even better, what are some of your favorite moments that have happened at Axiom? Have you reached levels within your fitness that you never thought possible? We’d love to hear about it!

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