This pandemic has changed every area of our lives — including fitness and our workouts.
So, what can we expect in 2021 when it comes to fitness trends?
I recently got a chance to talk to NPR’s All Things Considered about how to better make your fitness resolutions happen in this crazy COVID time, and it’s really made me reflect on just how much has changed in the fitness world since a year ago.
I’ve been lucky enough to have been sweating in my garage gym for a full year now (talk about serendipitous timing there), but this time has really changed not only the types of workouts I do and where I do them, but also HOW I do them — and my intentions for them. And, I know I’m not alone in that.
You can listen to the full interview here, but it really reflects a lot of the fitness trends we can all expect to see in 2021.
In fact, ClassPass recently released its annual data-driven trends report and after compiling insights from 30,000 boutique studios, gyms, spas and wellness partners across 30 countries, the results are pretty interesting (and what we’ve been seeing here at FBG, too).
Based on the ClassPass report and our own experience, here are the seven fitness trends of 2021 that we think are worth giving a go — and even keeping once we’re living in a post-COVID world.
7 Fitness Trends to Try in 2021
1. Try a lunch break workout.
According to the ClassPass report, noon is the most popular time to work out during the week, which makes sense because so many of us are working from home and doing all things virtually. We’ve loved lunch workouts for a long time, and hope this is a trend that sticks around! Also, our 2021 workout makes for a perfect lunch workout — just 21 minutes long and bodyweight only.
2. “Travel” with your workout.
I don’t know a single person who doesn’t have severe wanderlust right now. And, lucky enough, digital and virtual workouts are a great way to take a fitness class in any city in the world — no passport required. In fact, the ClassPass report found that more than half of its members are signing up regularly for classes taught from other cities. New York and Los Angeles studios are getting the most attention from international members, and fitness fans based in cities such as London and Singapore are trying top U.S. studios.
3. Get outside.
Outdoor workouts are huge right now. If you feel coped up (and who doesn’t these days?!), there’s nothing like going out for a walk, hike, or run to almost instantly feel better. According to ClassPass, outdoor classes are also set to be a big fitness trend in 2021 — they’ve seen the number of outdoor class options jump by 400 percent in 2020. This increase is obviously due to safety, but we hope outdoor classes are another trend we take into our post-COVID fitness lives.
4. Boost your career with regularly scheduled workouts.
There’s never been a better time to schedule your workouts into your work day. ClassPass found that 4 in 5 professionals say fitness activities have been crucial to establishing a new work-from-home routine, with 96 percent of professionals reporting that they feel more motivated and less stressed after exercising. Additionally, 89 percent of professionals say they feel more productive during the work day after exercising, and 3 in 5 professionals who have participated in a team workout report feeling more connected to their team afterwards. Team-building virtual workout, anyone?
5. Let your workouts enhance your life.
This is one that I talk about a lot in the NPR interview, but now is a really good time to see your workouts as self-care and ask yourself what you need (versus what you “should” do). We’re all weathering such difficult changes right now, so give yourself lots of grace and do the workouts that serve your best interests. If you’re feeling stressed, that might mean some gentle restorative yoga or an easy walk or jog. If you’re feeling frustrated, some HIIT or boxing might help. If you’re feeling low, maybe a long walk is what you need. Listen to your body, your emotions, and your mind — and let your workout help you to navigate this challenging time.
6. Get a virtual fitness buddy or two.
I think we’re all missing our friends right now — and especially our gym buddies. (I know I am!) Consider starting a digital conversation of some kind with a friend or two or 12 on a platform like Facebook, Marco Polo, House Party, or even just a simple group text. Share what workouts you’re doing, cheer each other on, virtually high-five each other, and have a group to turn to when you’re finding it hard to lace up those sneakers even though you know it’ll make you feel better once you do. It’s a great way to stay connected — and stay fit!
7. Head back to your gym once you feel comfortable doing so.
Ready to get back in the gym once it’s safe? You’re not alone in that! According to ClassPass, 92 percent of professionals hope to return to fitness studios and gyms in 2021, with 40 percent planning to return exclusively to in-studio workouts when they feel safe to do so.
Are you feeling these fitness trends of 2021? Which ones will you try — or which ones are you already doing? I’ve been learning a little French, so this inspires me to take a virtual fitness class from Paris! —Jenn