Online training, outdoor training among the top fitness trends for 2021


All over the world, people have had to deal with many new fitness challenges brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Closed gyms, working from home, and generally more stationary lifestyles have become commonplace. From a mental perspective, 2020 has seen an unprecedented acceleration in awareness of the impact of physical exercise on well-being.

Every year since 2007, ACSM – American College of Sports Medicine publishes the results of the ‘Global Fitness Trends Survey’, a comprehensive review that involves thousands of fitness and wellness professionals from around the world, including experts such as personal trainers, body physiologists ‘exercise, health professionals and gym club owners.

The final report aims to monitor, assess, predict and introduce new trends in fitness that impact the evolution of the industry itself, according to a press release.

Here’s a look at the fitness trends that are expected to continue in 2021.

  • Online training
  • Wearable Technologies – Fitness trackers, heart rate monitors and smartwatches.
  • Bodyweight training
  • Outdoor training
  • High Intensity Interval Training – high intensity exercise followed by medium to low intensity breaks.
  • Exercise is medicine – health care initiative that aims to encourage primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity assessment and associated treatment recommendations as part of each patient visit and refer their patients to exercise professionals.
  • Virtual training
  • Strength training with free weights
  • Fitness programs for seniors
  • Personal training