Fitness Trends for 2019

As we wave goodbye to 2018, we’ve witnessed the emergence of a number of new fitness trends. From new fitness technology, to workplace workouts and athleisure, it’s been a great year for those getting started on a new fitness quest.

As we look forward to 2019, the ACSM’s annual survey of health and fitness trends around the world has been released, continuing to list some of this years’ fitness trends as ones to watch for the year ahead. So what will we be focussing on for fitness in 2019?

Functional Fitness

Using strength training, we are improving balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to enhance our ability to perform daily activities. Functional fitness is popular amongst those with hectic schedules and little time to head to the gym. Get some fresh air functional fitness on our functional training rig at Village Gym Portsmouth!

Exercise and Weight Loss

Exercising to tackle obesity and maintain a healthy weight range has remained a top 20 trend since the survey began. Exercise and weight loss go hand in hand when monitored and co-ordinated by qualified fitness professionals. If you need a little help in your weight loss efforts, speak to us about our Smart Start programme.

Personal Training

Since the ACSM’s first fitness trends  survey back in 2006, personal training has continued to feature in the top 10. We can see why… working with a qualified fitness professional is crucial to understanding your body, your capabilities, and your fitness goals. Need some support? We're here to help.


Fun, low energy and a great choice for people of all ages and ability, yoga continues to keep a top ten spot. With benefits including increased flexibility, muscle strength and protection from injury, this versatile workout provides plenty of choice for those looking to shake up their regime. Take a look at our upcoming yoga classes and book your space in the members area online.

Group Training

Group exercise not only helps to improve motivation, but can also enable us to perform better, whilst keeping up with fitness companions. There’s a whole world of group fitness options out there, from gym-based classes to outdoor bootcamps and the latest immersive experience, The Trip from Les Mills. 2019 will see a rise in group exercise thanks to its sociable nature and motivational new styles.


HIIT combines short bursts of high-intensity exercise with short periods of rest, for maximum results in minimal time. Popular in groups, alone, in the gym or in the great outdoors, HIIT continues to be popular amongst those that need to get their workout done, with little time to do so.


Over the last few years ballet inspired workouts have become one of the hottest trends to hit gyms and boutique studios.

Most Barre workouts are accessible to all fitness and flexibility levels. 

Although they are not designed to deliver a cardiovascular workout, incorporating Les Mills Barre into or alongside your regular workout routine will improve your posture, help lift and shape your body. Book your Barre class online via our Member's Area or download the app!

Body Weight Training

Body weight training always ranks highly on the fitness trends hot-list. It can be done any time, anywhere and without the need for fitness equipment. A winner all round!

Wearable Technology

Though science says there’s little evidence fitness trackers are effective, wearable tech is still big business. This year, we’ve seen activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. Try our MyZone technology to plug your fitness goals right into your own device.

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