Fitness Trends 2013

fitness trends, fitness trends 2013

Parkour combines two fitness trends: play and taking it outside

  What is coming down the pike for fitness trends in 2013? Quite a bit actually. One of the best things I've seen about fitness over the years is how much it has expanded.  The idea of going to the gym and slaving away on a treadmill are over ... if you want it to be. Every way that you can find to move counts as exercise and the industry as a whole is really embracing it. Here are my top 5 fitness trends:

High Intensity Workouts

From CrossFit power workouts to my HIIT workout, there are a lot of short-burst routines out there. And the research is backing up this new trend with several studies. Workout periods last between four and ten minutes. You switch between moving as quickly and explosively as possible to super-brief periods of rest. If you're close to puking, then you're probably working hard enough. Yes, they're uncomfortable, but for some they're quite addictive, and you'll see the pounds melt away pretty quickly.

Online Fitness Communities

This trend has been around for a few years now, but I see it growing even bigger in 2013. There are so many ways to connect, from private communities with hundreds of thousands of members (such as Weight Watchers forum boards) to small, closed Facebook groups featuring just a few friends encouraging each other along informally. You can keep track of your workouts publicly at places like Fitocracy, or even make a bet with friends and strangers to lose weight at places like With a few clicks of your mouse, you can find a community that works for you, and studies show that online support communities can help you stay on track.

Higher Fitness Standards

This might be wishful thinking on my part, but I do think people are becoming more discerning about what fitness trainers/celebrities they'd like to work with or aspire to. Yes, if you've been on a TV show, your fitness DVD will sell like hot cakes, but I see plenty of people looking for a good workout ... period ... and whomever delivers it, they'll stick with. If you'd like to see who your peers like, check out and their forums; tons of great information there. My rule of thumb here: look for a person's credentials if you're thinking about working with them. If they're not published somewhere, then they're probably not that good. I'm talking to you Jillian.

Fitness Outside

Another big fitness trend is taking it outside. Hiking, running, walking, pickup basketball, Frisbee in the park, hooping. There are so many ways to get outside and move and studies show that we a) workout longer when outside, and b) have a better time doing it. You'll come back sweaty and refreshed both physically and mentally. When in doubt, throw on the sneakers and head out the door. You'll always be glad you did.

Fitness and Play

My friend, MizFitOnline, likes to call them playouts instead of workouts, and this category agrees wholeheartedly. How can you turn fitness into fun? One way is by trying something a little bit out there. Maybe it's as simple as hanging from the monkey bars with your kid, or maybe it's an aerial yoga, or a pole-dancing class. Perhaps you'll join a Parkour class in your neighborhood park. There are a lot of options for getting fit in a way that doesn't feel like exercise at all. I love and live in the world of Pilates, but I don't limit myself to it, and I encourage my clients to do a wide variety of movement. Mix in any and everything that looks challenging and fun and you'll likely be on the right track. How about you?  What fitness trend do YOU want to try for 2013? Cheers, Lisa

photo credit: GeishaBoy500

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.


2 Responses to Fitness Trends 2013

  1. Joe Cascio January 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Seems to me that game competition with an objective other than reps, gives you a reason to exercise without thinking of it as exercise. Exercise is just what you have to do to compete and win. For instance, scoring a run in baseball or a goal in soccer or hockey is an objective independent of exercise, but you have to expend lots of energy to make it happen.

  2. Lisa Johnson January 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    very well said Joe … and I agree. :-)

Leave a Reply