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What are the latest trends in fitness?

Christina Schroeder


Ever hear about a runner’s high? It’s that endorphin-driven feeling of your body physically thanking you for changing up your pace – and you don’t need to run to get it! Changing up your routine in order to wake up your body and prevent that “plateau” (aka – prevent slipping into survival mode) helps fulfill our basic human need for variety and gives you that endorphin hit. As we travel along in our fitness journey, you might find yourself wanting to seek more variety – by changing style, intensity, or combination of activity.

But how, exactly, can we change it up when it feels like – even though we want variety – we tend to keep rotating through the same set of options we’re used to? One way is to look at workout trends that are big at any given moment for ideas.

#Spoileralert: as we look at workout trends in 2019, there are no new crazy workouts coming out of the woodworks. So, good news: you’ll probably recognize a lot of them! What we are seeing is the continued evolution of core programs, which can make them good options for the ones you haven’t tried yet – everything points to longer-term approaches vs. short-term fads.

Here’s some you may consider:

Top Workout Trends for 2019

1. HIIT Workouts 

We’ve seen High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts as trend toppers in 2014 and 2018, and it looks as though 2019 is keeping the trend alive. HIIT includes short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short rest period. You’ll see a HIIT approach show up in popular workouts in studios such as Orangetheory, aerobic classes, CrossFit or at home with workouts such as Beachbody, Peloton programming, or bodyweight programming (similar to some of our #thrivetoday workouts).

2. Group Fitness

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines group fitness a program including five or more participants. Programs like barre, yoga classes, Orangetheory, and CrossFit have created a new niche for coached group fitness classes where they’ve updated an old format (i.e., simply following what an instructor is doing) and adding variety to each class – this approach keeps a classic style of fitness alive but with a new twist.

3. Functional Training

Fitness programs that incorporate movements needed in everyday life like the squat (because no one wants to get stuck on a toilet!) and the deadlift (because no one wants to throw their back out picking up their kids) are considered “functional” – they help you function better in your day-to-day activities. Programs like CrossFit and obstacle course training have created fun environments to fine tune the correct movement patterns for functional fitness in a goal-oriented setting.

4. Less Technology

Say WHAT?! It’s true! According to American Council on Exercise (ACE), Americans are choosing ways of moving and creating awareness around their bodies as a way to get away from technology overload. We’re seeing an increase in the use of meditation, float tanks, breathing exercises and other alternative methods for creating and enhancing a strong mind/body connection as a result.

5. Increased Focus on How We Move

Whether it’s in senior fitness classes (which are on the rise), yoga, or workouts including equipment like kettlebells, resistance bands, or weights, we’ll continue to see workouts that encourage a focus on movement patterns and quality. These programs will evolve and grow in popularity since they’re highly applicable to everyday life (similar to functional training) and facilitate the development of a strong mind/body connection.


While we may not see any brand new, never-experienced workouts in 2019 fitness trends, we WILL see the continued the evolution of proven past favorites that provide variety, longevity, and results in our own personal fitness journeys.

Which of these trends sounds most interesting to you? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!


This article is a part of our #thrivetoday Fitness Challenge. Visit our website to subscribe to email updates and be a part of future challenges!


In addition to her work as an MJST Success Coach, Christina Schroeder has been actively coaching in the fitness and wellness community for 7 years. Her certifications include: CrossFit Level 1, CrossFit Level 2, Stages Cycling, and Precision Nutrition Level 1. She'll also be beginning her Precision Level 2 certification training in the near future. She is based out of Omaha working for Mark Jewell Speaking & Training and Nerve Health and Fitness.

Note: Please work with your physician or other qualified health professional when addressing your unique fitness, nutritional and health needs. Have questions? Check out the fine print here. 


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