Fitness trends and predictions for 2019

Hi friends! How are ya today? Hope you’re having a lovely morning! I’m catching a short Peloton class and we’re heading out on our trip. I’ll be sure to share lots of adventures on IG if you’d like to follow along the fun.


In January, I always think about fitness trends and my personal predictions for the new year. It’s a prevalent time for creating new goals and changing up class routines, so I always wonder what will be hot that year and what will be… not so hot.

Here’s what I think we’ll see more of in the fitness industry in 2019:

– Focus on restorative and mobility classes. I see more and more studios offering stretching classes, foam rolling classes, and mobility workshops. I feel like the old fitness mentality was “no pain, no gain,” but now participants are learning that the key to longevity and avoiding injury is to include a balance of rest and work. When our muscles can move through their full range of motion, we’re less likely to experience movement compensations, muscle imbalances, and injury.

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– Meditation. It makes me excited to see meditation become so trendy over the past couple of years. Apps like Headspace make this practice more accessible and your favorite yoga studio may be offering a meditation workshop or class in the coming weeks/months. I definitely suggest checking it out; even 5 minutes can make a huge difference. (And this study indicates that meditation can positively affect the composition of our brain! Bananas.)

– Express classes. Over the years, sports medicine has evolved and we’re learning that workouts don’t have to be super long to be effective. I think the trend is moving more towards 30-45 minute classes, which to me, is the ideal length for a workout.

– More cardio-focused classes on the treadmill or rowing machine. These have become more popular in the bigger cities, so I’m looking forward to when it makes its way down to Phoenix/Tucson.

– Bootcamp workouts focused on a variety of equipment, like TRX, medicine balls, slam balls, plyo boxes, rowers, Skillmills, etc. These classes are perfect for those who get bored doing the same thing at the gym or taking the same classes. The workout is always different and many studios offer a solid muscle training split so you can plan your life. (So, if you know Monday is legs day and you want to take a barre class on Tuesday, you’d probably skip Monday’s workout and do the arm-focused class on Thursday.)

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– At-home and streaming equipment and class options. Studios are starting to realize that for many people, it’s very hard to make it to the gym or to a class. Commuting, childcare and job schedules are significant factors, so when you can get in the same studio workout at home, it’s wins all around. There are a ton of streaming options out there (my faves are Peloton, Physique57, barre3, and Les Mills on demand) and new home equipment is popping out. How sweet is this mirror?!

– Cold workouts??? I’m not sure if this is here to stay, but the thought of this BRRRN class in NYC makes me want to put on a parka and hide.

– Boxing. I think boxing workouts will have the biggest growth in 2019. It’s an opportunity to learn a new skill, sculpt chiseled arms, burn calories, and get out some aggression. High fives for that. 😉

Still growing or remains the same:

Orangetheory and similar bootcamp workouts. I think these workouts are here to stay, especially since they’re always evolving and adapting (like when OTF finally changed their heart rate zone formula) and adding new workouts. I feel like the community aspect of these workouts is a huge reason why they’re so popular, too. I’m SO thankful for all of the amazing ladies I’ve met at the Telos gym here in Tucson!

– Cycling studios. I feel like cycling will never die and that makes my heart happy. While Peloton is extremely popular and more and more people are purchasing their own bikes, the fact that it’s an expensive purchase is what keeps cycling studios full.

– Yoga and Pilates. I feel like this is another workout (which is more of a lifestyle) that will last forever. I mean, yoga’s been around since like 3000 BC, so I think it wins for staying power. 😉 I love that yoga and Pilates classes can evolve and change with what’s popular at the time. Hot yoga, room temperature yoga, restorative classes, power classes, etc. I also think it’s very smart that Pilates studios often offer hybrid classes (like 30 minutes on the spin bike, 30 min of Pilates) so you can get cardio + Pilates in one class.

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Saw its peak already:

Barre. I don’t think barre is on the way out, but I think we saw it’s most popular era unless something majorly changes. I still love barre and will continue to teach it and take classes, I just don’t see a huge upswing in barre enthusiasts this year. The die-hards will always be there with their Toe Soxx on, ready to go.

– CrossFit. I think the same thing goes for CrossFit. The people that love it and are devoted to it will still be there, but I don’t see it trending towards people jumping up and down to join a CrossFit box.

So, tell me friends: what is your fitness trend for 2019? Are you doing something you’ve always done and loved, or trying something new? Have any new classes or studios popped up where you live?

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  1. Stephanie on January 22, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    I am so ready for more at home options. With two kids and a full time job sometimes it’s just impossible to get to the gym, even when I plan ahead!

  2. Jennifer on January 22, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I am totally for that cold workout class! I actually had to walk out of a cycling class once because it was so hot I couldn’t breathe, and I had a similar issue with Orangetheory. So I think I would love being in a class where it is pretty dang cold, but then again my house thermostat is set to 61/62, so I guess I always get a cold workout anyways during the winter lol

  3. Juliana on January 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Oh man, that cold workout class sounds awful. PASS haha.

    I hope this is the year IR saunas become more mainstream! I love them and have been using them for years and it surprises me that more people don’t.

  4. Sara on January 22, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    That mirror is crazy! Looks like something from the future haha. Have you tried Les Mills Barre? I’ve done it on demand and I like that it’s more ballet based than other barre workouts I’ve tried. It seems really new so I’m curious to see how much it’ll grow like other LM formats!

  5. Lauren on January 22, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Have you done active isolated stretching? A studio nearby teaches classes along with cycling TRX and rowing and I LOVE the AIS classes. It feels so good to stretch and open your muscles for an hour

  6. Erika S. on January 22, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I just started doing spin/cycling 6 months ago and really love it. I like the vibe in the studio…it feels like the club at 6am…hahaha! I doesn’t hurt that the class is only 45 mins and the studio is 5 mins from my house so convenience is definitely key. I still love barre although it’s not as close to me so I avoid going unless it’s before work. My barre studio (Xtend Barre) offers TRX, Circuit 7, Dance Cardio, and Stick (pilates-esque) style classes so it really changes it up. I actually only go for the TRX classes these days.

    I like the at home workouts…convenience is really key these days..and shorter classes are always a good thing.

    Loved this post…!

  7. Becca on January 22, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I just joined a kickboxing gym (9Round, it’s a franchise so they are springing up all over) and I LOVE IT. The workout changes every day, there is always a trainer there, I get to work out some serious aggression, I feel like it’s a good total body workout with a mix of cardio and strength and I am in and out in less than 45 minutes (including getting my gear on and off and a light stretch). Also, there are no class times, so I can go whenever I want!

    This touches on several of the things you said would be hot in 2019 and it is totally working for me.

  8. Kathy on January 22, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    I enjoy seeing these predictions! Similar to add on to what you said… cardio focused classes, I’ve been enjoying going to a climbing class, it’s 30 mins on a versa climber. The class is go go go, but at only 30 mins, just when you want to quit, class is over! Along with pilates, I’ve been seeing more studios opening Lagree Method classes, a mix of pilates and barre on a megatransformer. If you ever have the chance to try one out, I highly recommend it! The shake is unreal!

  9. India on January 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Love this round-up! Have fun on your trip, Gina! Have you posted before about what you’d recommend for a simple home gym? Just had a baby, so home workouts seem to be the most accessible right now and I’d love your recs on what would be best for a minimalist home gym.

  10. Gianna Alvino on January 23, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I have taken class at BRRRN and it was amazing! I did the HIIT class and you heat right on up!

  11. Tanya on January 23, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    I hope 30-45 minute classes start becoming a thing! I would totally take them. And for a cheaper rate, I think people would really like it! Plus…I am a new mama…ain’t nobody got time for a ONE HOUR workout… 🙂 such luxury

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