These Are The Fitness Trends Everyone Will Be Obsessed With In 2018

Certain 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 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 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.

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.

Photo: Courtesy of Tone House.
Recovery Technology

Exercisers and trainers are starting to take recovery way beyond just foam-rolling. For example, Tone House, an athletic-based group training studio in New York City, has an extensive program that utilizes the newest innovations in muscle recovery. There, you can take a dip in an ice cold tub, use Hyperice vibrating foam rollers, or wear Normatec compression massage pants. Of course, these fancy machines can't replace IRL visits to a physical therapist or doctor, but it is good to know it's an option.
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Exercise Outdoors

The American College of Sports Medicine included outdoor activities like hiking, rock-climbing, and kayaking in its roundup of 2018 fitness trends. If you don't consider yourself "outdoorsy," you may initially dismiss this trend. But the nice thing about many outdoor activities is they can be done with a group of people with different fitness levels. Consider going on a nature walk with your friends, or find other ways to stay active and get outside, like walking dogs or biking.
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Mindfulness is proving more useful during these trying political times, and luckily there's a plethora of meditation studios and classes where you can learn how to meditate. According to Bethany Lyons, co-founder of Lyons Den Power Yoga, there's going to be much more of that in 2018. "Breath work, yoga, meditation, and all things related to mindfulness are going to continue to grow exponentially," Lyons says. "It is essential, more needed than ever, and it works."
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According to ClassPass, the fastest-growing trend of 2017 was restorative recovery classes. Stretch classes, in particular, have become popular, and there are smaller studios popping up that strictly focus on stretching and recovery. More hard work, dedication, and attention to recovery is important, says Holly Rilinger, a Nike Master Trainer, creator of LIFTED. "We are living longer than ever, so we are going to have to take care of ourselves better if we plan on staying active," she says.
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Functional Fitness

In the American College of Sports Medicine 2018 trends survey, they cited functional fitness as one of the top trends of the year. Functional fitness 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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Wearable Tech

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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Workout Thinktanks

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 SoulAnnex, 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, boxing 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. Never boxed before? It's not as intimidating as it looks; here are the basic combinations you need to know before taking a class.
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On-Demand Workouts

From high-tech treadmills 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 Tone House.
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