With the current rate of technological development and flow of information, it seems as if each year more and more ideas, trends, and technology come and go. One of the most rapidly changing and developing industries is health and fitness. Here is a look at some of the top fitness trends in 2014 and how they may evolve in 2015.
CrossFit was extremely popular in 2014. More and more CrossFit gyms have been popping up all over America and are now beginning to spread overseas. Many Latin American countries such as Mexico, Peru, and Colombia have jumped on the CrossFit bandwagon. While CrossFit should remain popular in 2015, new trends such as self-limiting movement training and custom group exercises, which are based on individual skill level, are thought to be the new trends to emerge in 2015.
Fitness Devices and Apps
One of the newest trends in fitness is to track all of your health information, activities, and food intake with devices and apps. In 2014 we have taken the traditional step counters and totally transformed them into full-blown health management systems like the FitBit and iFit. Not only do they count your steps, but monitor your sleep, calories, and food intake. These devices come in a variety of forms from watches and wristbands to waistband clips, and were all the rage this year.
The trend of technology-assisted health tracking shows no signs of slowing down in 2015. In fact, this technology seems to still be in early development stages. Apple’s iPhone 6 comes with a health app built specifically to link to different devices and fitness tracking systems, but there are not even devices on the market yet which have the ability to record some of the things the iPhone health app is set up to track, such as heart rate and calories burned. Fitness devices and apps will continue to advance and remain popular next year.
Row machines made a major comeback in 2014. While row machines have been around for quite some time, in 2014 they made a huge reappearance in gyms all across America. Some gyms are even offering row classes. CrossFit has been a big protagonist in row machines growing in popularity, as many CrossFit gyms incorporate rowing into their workout programs.
Row machines have made a transformation and now there are many new sleekly designed, quality-built row machines on the market. These new row machines come in different styles. From affordable piston resistance rowing machines to water resistant rowing machines that actually use the natural resistance of water. With the recent increase in rowing machine sales, the growing popularity of rowing classes and integration into CrossFit, this trend looks like it is not going anywhere in 2015.
Overall 2014 has been a big year for fitness and it looks like new trends and changes are right around the corner. Who knows, maybe in the end of 2015 we will be looking back at some of these and laughing at how outdated and funny they are. One thing is for sure – with all the new changes and trends in fitness, it seems to be getting easier and easier to get in shape.