4 fitness trends to keep an eye out for in 2017


1. LISS (low intensity steady state cardio) makes a comeback: “HIIT is really popular, but I think the more experienced trainers are starting to push the fact that LISS is still vital in building a solid fitness base,” says director of Revolution Personal Training Luke Scott. “I wouldn’t be surprised if there is going to be the development of 45-minute to 90-minute classes involving your long, slow duration training. Perhaps not in a year, but over time.” Scott depicts low-intensity training – which sees your heart sit at around 60 per cent of your maximum for upward of 45 minutes – as being key to cortisol and stress management, along with improving general fitness.  

2. Enter gymnastic, minus the leotards: “I think there is going to be a rise in the gymnastic- and calisthenics-type programmes. Not your traditional style, but more body-weighted, street-style programmes,” says Scott. “Think handstands and muscle-ups; taking your functional fitness to that next level and being able to use your body weight in space. It’s also about being seen – people are always thinking of the next video they’re going to post to social media.” 

3. Female-specific programming: “We will see female-specific programs that are aimed at helping women return to exercise safely (post-pregnancy), along with programs aimed at those women who are suffering from thyroid and adrenal issues,” says Norman. “We will also see an increase in the number of women participating in strong-women training, strength and conditioning, and powerlifting.  As the female market matures in awareness, there will be a shift away from having ‘weight loss’ as the only available goal, towards performance and empowerment type goals.”

4. Machine envy: “Every manufacturer is looking for an edge – that new piece of equipment that will help them shine above the competition,” says Hodgson. “I think we will see innovations for low-impact machines with more of a natural feel. Variations on the elliptical are imminent and altitude training rooms will become more popular, as they have with football clubs.”