You may have never heard of functional training rigs, but that is among the trends set to hit gyms in 2020. That’s according to Total Fitness’ Fitness Content and Programming Manager, Steven Virtue, who has revealed his predictions for the trends we’re expecting to see in 2020. “Exploring new fitness trends and finding a training method that suits your lifestyle is a great way to make exercise exciting”, explained Steven. “Not only does this provide a new surge of motivation but it allows you to keep up to date with any new developments in the fitness industry.” Among the forms of training set to be popular this year, Steven predicts:
- Fitness apps: Fitness apps are becoming popular for gym-goers at all levels, as they have been specifically designed to make the fitness experience easier. Users can do all sorts, including book classes, monitor workouts and gain specific advice and guidance to help achieve their goals using app technology. The continuing rise of the digital age will see more usage of fitness apps in 2020, covering topics from training, nutrition, lifestyle and more.
- Virtual fitness equipment: Virtual classes were extremely popular in 2019 with the virtual concept set to develop even further this year. Equipment manufacturers are developing more equipment which has built-in virtual training concepts, including x-trainers, treadmills and indoor cycles, which are all set to be big in 2020. Machine-based training can often become tedious, so by including a virtual element into the equipment, the user receives an assisted approach to their exercise training and stays focused.
- Functional training rigs: Growing demand and improvements in materials mean that these are becoming more accessible for 2020. Available in a range of sizes, these rigs bring together a variety of exercises and allow the user to weight train, bodyweight train and stretch all in one space. Rigs are becoming more affordable for people to use at home, so it’s easier to continue exercising between gym sessions.