fitness trends throughout history have gone on to become iconic signs of the times. For example, Richard Simmons will always be associated with the '80s. The quirky exercise class on is quintessential '50s. And most people will mention SoulCycle and yoga when tasked with naming the workouts that dominated (and continue to dominate) the early 2000s.
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So, what will the
workout of 2018 be? It's probably too soon to predict exactly what this year will be remembered for, but there are certainly some trends that are about to blow up. To get you ready for the new year upon us, we asked top trainers to give their fitness forecast for the future.
These are the workouts, trends, and classes that you can expect to see in 2018.
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American College of Sports Medicine
2018 trends survey, they cited functional fitness as one of the top trends of the year.
involves doing exercises that replicate the movements you'd do in your everyday life. Mainly, this means building strength, balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance. And unlike other exercise models that emphasize aesthetic benefits, functional fitness is all about
improving what you can do
, rather than changing how you look.
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According to the
American College of Sports Medicine
, the billion-dollar wearable technology industry will continue to grow in 2018. Technically, a "wearable" can be an activity tracker, smart watch, heart rate monitor, GPS tracking device, and smart glasses. While some might
not be a fan of fitness trackers
, it will be interesting to see how the technology we already use (like smartphones and smart watches) will adapt to aid our fitness interests, too.
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According to ClassPass data, strength-training was the
most popular genre of workout
in 2017, and that trend will likely bleed over into 2018 as well. Morit Summers, a NCSA-certified personal trainer in Brooklyn, says she wants more women to discover a love of lifting — whether that means Olympic lifting, CrossFit, or powerlifting. "It has taken some time, but the
myths and fears about women getting bulky
from lifting are starting to disappear, and women are realizing the power that being strong holds for the body and soul," Summer says.
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While boutique fitness may have dominated the past few years, big chains are figuring out new ways for top trainers to hone and develop their personal brands in-house. Last year, SoulCycle launched
, a studio for "off-the-bike" classes, and Equinox debuted
Project by Equinox
, an incubator for instructors to develop specialized classes. The beauty of this trend is it allows you to take a range of classes at one place, rather than sign up at a bunch of different studios. And it gives trainers the opportunity to workshop new ideas and methods.
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In many ways,
has taken over indoor cycling as the new cardio craze. "It's a lighter form of cardio and offers a nice break from lower body-focused workouts," says Debora Warner, founder of
Mile High Run Club
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with built-in TV screens for streaming classes, to
cheap on-demand fitness websites
, there are more and more ways to get in a workout without leaving your house. "The great thing about live-streaming is that anyone in the world can feel like they're a part of the amazing boutique fitness classes that are available, especially here in NYC," says Alonzo Wilson, founder and director of training at