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The Top 7 Fitness Trends for 2018

Every year, new fitness trends pop up just in time for the all too common New Year’s Resolution of exercising more often and losing weight. The great thing about these trends is that it offers variety. Completing the same exercise every week can quickly become repetitive and dull. If you’re looking to switch up your gym routine, give one of these 2018 fitness trends a try.

Live-Streaming At-Home Workouts

Some people prefer to workout at home, whether it’s to save money on gym membership fees or to enjoy a more private setting. Thanks to live-streaming workouts and fitness apps, it’s easier than ever to get a great workout from home with a virtual instructor.

Live Streaming Fitness actually offers live classes, so you can workout at home with an instructor and other virtual attendees in real-time. A number of other popular workouts, from Ballet Beautiful to Crunch, offer virtual, streaming versions of their classes. This is a great way to try out a new workout in the comforts of your own living room.

Working Out with Pets

Goat yoga, cat yoga and running with your dog are just a few of the ways you can workout with animals. Multiple studies show that being around animals and your pets can lower blood pressure and stress hormones and elevate oxytocin, which helps you feel happier and more relaxed. New exercise programs are making it easier to workout with animals and enjoy these benefits.

In 2017, goat yoga and cat yoga studios became a thing, where you can enjoy a yoga class among a room of goats or cats. If you have a dog, there are endless options for exercising, from running to creating your own circuit training route in your backyard.


2017 was the year of boxing and this popular workout isn’t going anywhere in 2018. It’s especially popular among women. Boxing is an effective full-body, strength-building exercise that also gets your heart pumping.

Dr. Jordan Metzl, a sports medicine doctor, told Time that boxing is particularly beneficial for women who enjoy playing sports because “The risk of a woman tearing her ACL is six times more than a man doing the same sport because the angle between the hip and knee is wider in a woman. Boxing can help counter balance that by building strength to protect the knee.” If there isn’t a boxing studio in your community, try The Boxx Method, the first virtual boxing workout program.

In-Class Competitions

Fitbit lovers and the competitively inclined will love the newest fitness trend: competitive heart rates. In 2018, expect to see more Orangetheory Fitness-inspired classes pop up at your gym.

Orangetheory Fitness is a one-hour group personal training workout. The catch? Everyone is hooked up to a heart rate monitor, with heart rates displayed on a wall monitor. The goal is for everyone to compete against one another for the highest heart rate. For those who love competition, classes like Orangetheory Fitness can help inspire you to push yourself more and measure your progress each week.

New Yoga Styles

Gone are the days of traditional yoga on a mat in a classroom. If you’ve normally found yoga boring, you may enjoy one of the new styles popping up around the country. As previously mentioned, goat yoga and cat yoga made the news in 2017, where yogis can practice yoga alongside goats or cats. But there are also new forms, minus the furry creatures.

Aerial yoga isn’t new, but it’s gaining popularity as more studios open. Aerial yoga is a core-building workout that’s significantly more difficult than traditional forms of yoga. If you live near the water, paddleboard yoga and floating yoga are other core-building options.

Advanced Health Apps and Wearable Tech

Fitbits and Apple Watches will have some competition in 2018. More discreet options are hitting the market so you can workout and track your exercise without the bulky wrist accessory. One new option is Motiv. Arguably the smallest wearable tech accessory, Motiv tracks your daily activity, from exercise to sleep patterns.

Along with wearable technology, new fitness apps will continue in popularity. These apps will make it easier to track your progress over time and see which workouts help you burn the most calories and increase your heart rate.

DNA Testing

Genealogy DNA tests were a hit this year, but DNA testing is going far beyond learning about your heritage. Thanks to at-home tests and physician-administered tests, it’s easier than ever to learn about your body’s preferences through your DNA.

With the Pathway Fit® and FiT iQ™ DNA tests, you receive a personalized genetic nutrition profile, including the ratio of carbs, proteins and fats for your body. This helps you and your doctor gain insight into your genetic predisposition for exercise to get the most benefit from endurance and strength training, and therefore make proactive decisions regarding diet, exercise, & lifestyle based on your DNA.

Incorporate some of these fitness trends into your exercise routine in 2018 and discover new ways to stay fit, healthy and happy.