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Top 10 Canadian Fitness Trends 2019

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM

1) Functional Fitness (#1 in 2018, #2 in 2017; #1 in 2016)

Functional fitness stays put in the top spot. Using multiple muscle groups to strengthen in a holistic way (versus one specific muscle group at a time), functional fitness programs include practical, balance-challenging movements that simulate activities like shoveling snow, carrying groceries, or unloading the car. This focus helps prepare for the physical activities of daily life and counters the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

 

2) Active Recovery (#4 in 2018)

 

Recognizing that the ability to work out is limited by the ability to move, active recovery exercises focus on movement and self-care with foam rollers, balls and low-intensity workouts to name a few. If we can take care of ourselves and move as freely as possible, our everyday lives are better, and training is enhanced.

 

3) High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) (#2 in 2018, #1 in 2017)

 

HIIT is a training methodology involving intense periods of exercise followed by durations of rest. This high-intensity approach is increasingly popular because it provides a good workout in a shorter time than steady-state cardio and because it works for all fitness levels. As Canadians work longer hours and try to maintain balance amidst a busy schedule, HIIT addresses that time crunch, burning fat and improving cardiovascular benefits quickly and effectively.

 

4) Nutrition and Healthy Eating Programs (#8 in 2018, #5 in 2017)

 

Combining exercise with healthy eating is the best approach to see the results of your efforts sooner — whether it’s weight loss or advancing your overall fitness level. More Canadian fitness professionals are taking additional training to improve their nutrition expertise, including canfitpro’s Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Coach certification.

 

5) Older Adult Training (#3, in 2018, #6 in 2017)

 

This signals the growing demand from Baby Boomers looking to adopt healthier habits to maintain their health and quality of life into their 60s and beyond. Fitness professionals are taking specialized courses and certifications to learn how to train older adults safely and effectively. canfitpro’s Active Aging Certificate is an example of the type of education required to serve this market, while organizations like the International Council on Active Aging are working to build awareness and skills to support active older adults.

 

6) Express Workouts (#5 in 2018, #4 in 2017)

 

Express workouts encourage participants to perform multiple exercises at a fast pace to generate maximum results. This is an effective approach for people on a tight schedule – perfect for lunch time or after work. Providing the ultimate convenience, an express workout typically lasts 20 minutes or less.

 

7) Body Weight Training (#9 in 2018, #9 in 2017)

 

Using your own body weight to create resistance is a growing workout trend among Canadian fitness professionals and consumers. This form of exercise builds strength and muscle and burns fat without the need for equipment, making it easy to get started and less intimidating for beginners. Enabling people to use their own body weight while doing movements like lunges, push-ups and pull-ups makes training anywhere possible.

 

8) Circuit Training and Boot Camps (#7 in 2018, #6 in 2017)

 

Circuit training involves a series of exercises performed in rotation with minimal rest. The goal is to build strength while burning maximum calories. A fitness boot camp mixes traditional callisthenic and body weight exercises with interval training and strength training. Both types of workouts are designed to push participants harder than they would normally push themselves. Both are low-cost, efficient and challenging, combining strength and aerobic conditioning to generate positive results.

 

9) Branded Fitness Experiences (#6 in 2018)

 

Branded Fitness Programs are pre-choreographed programs offered by a company. Examples include Les Mills International programs offered within GoodLife, Orangetheory classes, and a variety of others including the latest technology workouts with Peloton or Echelon for example. When attending these programs people know what to expect and can choose a workout that they enjoy no matter where they are located. The brand awareness, efficacy, and convenience of these workouts are very attractive features to their devoted fans.

 

10) Fusion-style Group Fitness (#10 in 2018, #7 in 2016)

 

New types of group fitness classes and workouts that combine disciplines — like yoga and cycling or Pilates and boxing — are springing up across Canada. Mixing totally different types of exercise to create a new workout provides variety and something new. Changing up what we do helps develop more strength, agility, balance and coordination than a single exercise discipline.

 

Top 10 Health & Wellness Trends for 2019

 

Mindfulness

Diets (ie Clean Eating, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Paleo)

Meal Planning / Meal Prep

Self-Love

Meditation

Increase Social Time (spending time with family, friends, pets)

Life & Wellness Coach

Education through documentaries, apps, etc.

Holistic Nutrition / Holistic Medicine

Using apps to track nutrition


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3 Comments

Reply Henry Jackson
1:00 PM on June 15, 2019 
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Reply Henry Jackson
12:58 PM on June 15, 2019 
Excellent explanation of the trends! I prefer Body weight training and I use it for
workout for every fitness goal of mine. Training and committing to your body is very hard but you must never quit.
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