Transform Your Gym Experience with these 2020 Fitness Trends

Group Fitness Classes in 2020

Group exercise classes have been popular in our gyms for a long time but that’s because they’re so effective in getting you fitter whether they’re cardio-based classes, indoor cycling or dance-based fitness session. In 2020 it’s predicted that fitness classes will be even more popular amongst gym goers particularly because of their social aspects. The way we socialise with friends or spend time with work colleagues is set to change in the next year with a trip to the gym tipped to replace a trip to the pub especially for Millennials and Generation Z. Group fitness classes are not just a great way to reduce some of the anxiety of exercising alone in a gym but you also learn new workout techniques, keep your fitness programme fresh and commit to going to the gym on a more regular basis. Check out our exciting exercise class timetable with up to 40 inclusive fitness classes every week free as part of your Xercise4Less gym membership.

2020 Functional Fitness Training

Group exercise classes have been popular in our gyms for a long time but that’s because they’re so effective in getting you fitter whether they’re cardio-based classes, indoor cycling or dance-based fitness session. In 2020 it’s predicted that fitness classes will be even more popular amongst gym goers particularly because of their social aspects. The way we socialise with friends or spend time with work colleagues is set to change in the next year with a trip to the gym tipped to replace a trip to the pub especially for Millennials and Generation Z. Group fitness classes are not just a great way to reduce some of the anxiety of exercising alone in a gym but you also learn new workout techniques, keep your fitness programme fresh and commit to going to the gym on a more regular basis. Check out our exciting exercise class timetable with up to 40 inclusive fitness classes every week free as part of your Xercise4Less gym membership.

HIIT Your Fitness Targets in 2020

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been popular for a while, after all who doesn’t love a workout that doesn’t last for hours! But in 2020 it will remain a key fitness trend. You can benefit from plenty of HIIT classes at your local gym as you work out for short bursts of maximum intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest. Burn lots of calories in a short time, reduce your blood pressure and keep your metabolic rate up for hours after a HIIT gym session. Taking on a HIIT class is just a great way of going to the gym regularly without having to take too much time out of your busy day.

Training Smarter in 2020 with Free Weights

We’re not fortune tellers at Xercise4Less Gyms, but we could see this future fitness trend coming! With our dedicated free weights area packed with barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, and medicine balls you won’t have to hang around to lift free weights during your trip to the gym. Free weight exercises allow you to strengthen your body’s stabilizing muscles and load each side of your body equally preventing muscle strength imbalances. Free weight sessions are also very helpful for every day functional fitness. No wonder training with free weights is predicted to be a key fitness trend in 2020.

Personal Training to Transform Your Fitness Journey in 2020

A long-time favourite in any list of fitness trends, in 2020 personal training is tipped to be a key part of everyone’s exercise plans. One-on-one training with a personal fitness coach helps create a sense of accountability and allows you to really evaluate your fitness journey at every stage. Exercise more effectively with workouts specific to your individual exercise goals and to your current fitness levels. Expert personal trainers can act as a mentor on your fitness journey and provide you with all the tools you need from training goals to meal plans. As part of your Xercise4Less gym membership you get a free one to one session with a personal fitness trainer, but you can also benefit from further personal training sessions in your local gym or take part in our fantastic boot camps led by our fitness instructors.

Working Out with Wearable Tech in 2020

You probably have wearable fitness technology on you as you read this and in 2020, you’ll pay even more attention to wearable tech and fitness trackers. Exercise data ranging from sleep patterns to heart rate will play an increasing role in achieving your fitness goals. You can look forward to more innovative fitness apps and fun group classes that use technology to improve your workout experience. Think group exercise classes making the most of wearable tech, VR technology, and fitness apps. You can already enjoy Virtual Cycling classes in some Xercise4Less gyms and advancing technology will continue to shape your fitness in 2020.

Fitness for the Long Term with Xercise4Less Gyms

Interesting as future fitness trends are, we’re a firm believer in the long term when it comes to health and wellbeing. Xercise4Less Gyms aims to be with you on every stage of your fitness journey wherever you’re starting from and no matter how long it takes to reach your destination. You can always depend on our real dedication to providing you with whatever you need to transform your body in 2020 from the latest group exercise classes to innovative fitness zones like the Ladies Only Gym Zone.

[2018] National Fitness Day

★ Doing our bit to move the nation ★

To celebrate National Fitness Day 2018, we hosted a number of exciting activities!

We encouraged the public to celebrate their strength and empowerment through fitness.

#Train4Free ?

An open house across all of our clubs nationwide.

Regardless whether you had trained with us before, the nation were encouraged to trial our facilities to the max for free for the whole day!

#Transform4Free ?

We hosted two free transformation camp taster sessions from 11:15am – 12:00pm and 5:15pm – 6:00pm. 

#Treats4Free 

In collaboration with Scitec Nutrition we ran a competition across facebook, instagram and twitter. 

#nationalfitnessday2018 fitnessday #fitness2me #xercise4fitness #beactive4less

Benefits of HIIT Training

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What is HIIT?

High intensity interval training describes any workout that alternates between bursts of high intensity and fixed periods of low intensity. So an example of this could be running as fast as you possibly can for 1 minute and then jogging for 2 minutes, and then repeat this constantly for about 15- 45 minutes. You can do this on the treadmill, the road, a bike, cross trainer or skipping rope. Doesn’t sound too bad does it? Go for it for a few minutes, then rest. Push yourself for a few minutes, then rest. Really feel the burn for a few minutes, then rest. High Intensity Interval Training, sound scary? Well yes it might but that’s just because of what you’re imagining in your head. Military style ‘go go go, faster faster faster, more more more…!’ There is an element of this but when you actually break down what this style of exercise means, interval training, actually means it’s not high impact 24/7. It means you train in sections, therefore you get to have rests, so what’s there to worry about?


Well, this powerful method of exercise can be a heart pounding, pulse raising, sweat pumping experience, we realise that not everyone loves going to the gym and for some it can be a means to an end just to balance out other life choices, but whatever your reason is for going to the gym, think about all the good HIIT could do for you. HIIT burns… And with that kind of pain, there’s got to be a whole lot of gain! So whilst we all like to think that ‘just turning up’ to the gym counts, and that doing a class a couple of times a week means you’re fit, we guess you could really say it doesn’t always quite work like that?
If you want serious results you do need to really go for it, you need to put the effort in, and you need to work hard. As HIIT really does embrace application and intensity of effort, we think this exercise approach is spot on.

We get that people look for quick fixes and this is perfectly natural. The only problem is these don’t really exist! The good news is that high intensity interval training has been proven to generate great results at a much faster rate than any other exercise methods, so when you look in the mirror and notice the difference, you might just begin to like this ‘HIIT’.

Why should I consider HIIT training?

High Intensity Interval Training encourages fat blasting. Not only do you burn more calories when engaging in HIIT, but you also have what is known as an ‘after burn’. Which means that you continuously burn fat even after you have finishes exercising- bonus. As we say, it has been scientifically proven that by doing a mere 15 minutes of interval training you will have the same results, if not better, than someone who has run for an hour constantly.

It’s perfect for those that have a limited amount of time on their hands but still wish to get in an intense workout. The great thing about HIIT, is that you can do it anywhere. It does not require any equipment, or gym membership, just you and your will power. 

Best aspects of HIIT Training?

You will not get bored, some workouts can be so monotonous and boring that you manage to lose interest about ten minutes in. HIIT is both challenging and stimulating, as soon as you get comfortable working at a lower intensity level, then BOOM…it’s back to high intensity.

You will be huffing and puffing, feeling like your lungs and heart may explode out of your chest at any moment but you will most certainly not be bored.
Do you want to lose the weight and get going with increasing your fitness, right now? Then stop asking why and get moving.

Many celebrity trainers chose to use this technique on their clients. We’ll leave you this week with the message that re-training your brain to take on new challenges is part of the trick of getting fit. Yes you need your body to be behind you, but if you are ready in your mindset to take exercise on, and make it work for you, you’ll not only see better results but you’ll enjoy the process a lot more too.

There is always the incentive, just think about how you can reward yourself after a hard, fast workout!