There’s no doubt that some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include eating healthier, signing up for gym, running more or taking up a new sport. Well this year you’re in luck because the fitness trends forecast list for 2018 is looking both doable and rewarding at the same time.

This list of fitness trends has something for everyone regardless of what your body goals may be. Some of the workouts are more intense than others, so you may want to start with the less physically taxing routines if you’re a beginner, and then start pushing yourself more as the year progresses.

1. HIIT – High-intensity interval training

According to the World Survey of Fitness Trends for 2018, HIIT will be the leading trend this year. It simply entails alternating between short intervals of high- and low-intensity activity. So if you’re jogging at a steady pace, sprint intermittently for 30 seconds.

CNN notes that the recommended times for HIIT are 150 minutes of moderate activity, which means 75 minutes of high-intensity per week. However, vigorous activity increases the risk of injury, so if you’re not sure how physically fit you are, it’s best you get a physical exam before you jump on it.

2. Bodyweight training

It’s the best way to avoid pricey gym memberships because all you need is your body. Bodyweight training works multiple muscles at the same time.

Local Instagram fitness pro FitnessBunnie (@sbahle_mpisane) has also recommended this in the past before as she said ‘all you need are your surroundings.’

3. Strength training

It’s has been around for ages, so we can hardly call it a new trend, but rather a form of training that’s here to stay. We’re way past that period where the weights section at the gym was a men’s only section. More women are starting to stack those barbells as they squat, deadlift, and lunge.

Strength training also includes bench presses, push-ups, pull-ups, chin-ups, and core exercises (planking, ab rolling, hanging leg raises).

4. Heated fitness classes

Hot yoga was the first of this kind and heated cycling studios have been around in the US for a few years now. This new attraction to heat training is based on the fact that being drenched in sweat within minutes of training creates the feeling of a more fulfilling workout.

But be careful not to exercise in a room where the temperature has been cranked up too high because it may result in heat stroke. Not ideal.

5. Suspension yoga

Virgin Active Health clubs offer suspension yoga classes at a few of their branches across the country. Suspension yoga involves ‘performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics an aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus, in order to achieve a total-body workout.’

The great thing about it is that you don’t have to be a yoga pro in order to join a class.

6. Boxing

According to the IDEA Fitness Journal, boxing is a highly recommended form of stress relief for women. Not only does it take your mind off things, but throwing punches at a bag or in the air also works out your whole body.

There are a variety of options to try out, from kickboxing and boutique boxing to mixed martial arts. It really all depends on how tough you consider yourself to be.


Time to get geared up for a fitter, stronger year.