Top fitness trends for 2018

Top fitness trends for 2018

We’ve had HIIT, Tabata, PTs, Bootcamps and naked yoga. Now we're look forward to 2018 and a whole bunch of new fitness trends.

Here’s what we can expect to see arriving on the fitness scene over the coming year:

Low intensity

Ok, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) was great for fitting exercise in on a tight time frame and for busting some serious calories, but it’s nice to know we can all take our feet off the pedal quite literally.

Welcome LIIT – Low Intensity Interval Training. The opposite of HIIT.

LIIT will take you around 30-40 minutes to complete, compared to a 15 minute HIIT session, but seriously – we don’t need to bust a gut doing this one!

Limiting yourself

This refers to physical effort rather than limiting your aspirations. Self-Limiting Movement is designed to strengthen from the inside out.

Think about form improves muscle function and posture. This gives you good grounding to perform your exercises.

Hot and cold therapy

A bit of recovery time isn’t to be sniffed at. Although saunas and cryotherapy aren’t new concepts, they’ve certainly ramped up for 2018.

Using infrared, saunas work to detoxify and heal by heating the body from the inside.

Cryotherapy is on the other end of the spectrum, working by surrounding the body with a ridiculously cold -150°C mist for a few minutes. This decreases cell growth, inflammation and pain.

Hit any one of the new spas popping up and offering these treatments.

Virtually fit

Raining? Can’t be bothered to leave the living room? Don’t! With the new level of virtual reality workouts you can train inside.

Take the Omni by Virtuix as one example. A small treadmill connects to a game while you jump, run and turn wearing trainers that interact with sensors. Imagine you’re the super-hero in this virtual reality and feel great all round.



The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.


Jim R.
8 January 2018

Jim R.

I am hoping the virtual reality thing will take off, although I'm sure they said it would ten years ago. I've seen running machines that project scenes and those are quite entertaining.

Callum P.
4 January 2018

Callum P.

LIIT? Is that a thing? not sure how that will catch on. Surely better to workout out faster for greater benefit than to take twice the amount of time for less gain? Seems counter intuitive to me

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