2020 Fitness Trends

Fitness Trends 2020 - Sam Chia Rower

Transform Your Gym Experience with these 2020 Fitness Trends

At Xercise4Less Gyms we’re on a mission to help our members achieve their exercise ambitions this year and every year. As part of that desire to accelerate your fitness journey, we bring you the latest fitness trends expected to dominate the year. From wearable tech to group training and personal exercise sessions here are some 2020 fitness trends to keep you motivated and active in the New Year.

Fitness Trends 2020 - Sam Chia Rower

Group Fitness 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. 

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2020 Functional Fitness Training

Functional training is predicted to really appeal to gym goers in 2020. Improving your balance and coordination while building strength through functional training will become much more popular in the next year. Increased functional fitness through squatting, lifting, pulling, etc. ensures a healthier and more injury-free future for all gym goers but particularly for older adults. As you’d expect, we’re bang on fitness trend here with the functional fitness zone in your local gym!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Fitness is for life, not just for January

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Our Fitness Menu for your 2020 Gym Journey

Attack the new year with easy-to-follow workout menus from Xercise4Less gyms. Whether you are new to fitness or a seasoned campaigner, we have exercises to cover all levels of fitness. Simply build your workout by selecting the exercises you want to do from the options provided. We advise you give all the exercises a try, adopting your workout to suit you. Gradually build up your fitness and intensity by following our menus which have been split into four-week blocks. Each block will raise in difficulty to match your rate of progression and give you that sense of achievement when you are able to tick off your fitness goals. 

Menu Composition: How to structure your workout

We have created the simple menu-style format to break down the exercises into a starter, main and dessert. The starter component will be your warm-up, main will include a specific body part exercise, while the dessert offers a range of core exercises. All the exercises can be easily implemented into your workout, fitting around your individual goals and targets.

Fitness Menu: A Breakdown

  • Weeks 1 - 4: An introduction to your fitness journey
  • Weeks 5 - 8: Increasing your intensity
  • Weeks 9 - 12: Noticing results
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Building up your Fitness Journey: Key Points

  • Try every exercise
  • Be patient - results won't happen overnight
  • Stay motivated

Whether your target is weight loss or increasing muscle, we have you covered with an array of workout menus to keep you focused and on track throughout your fitness journey. All the exercises featured on the menu have been specifically selected to provide you with a platform to not only meet your goals, but to completely obliterate them. Here at Xercise4Less gyms we want to see you complete your fitness journey just as much as you do.

Know your Goals: Own your Fitness Journey

  • Weight loss
  • Increasing muscle
  • Improve your fitness levels

All the menus have been constructed with gradual progression in mind. We know it will take time for you to see results, and there will be those gruelling sessions along the way. Slow and steady wins the race. It is far healthier to build up your fitness over time than to be expecting it to happen overnight. With this in mind, the exercises will become more difficult and more challenging on your body to enable your journey to be a fruitful one. Your journey is in your hands, you can adapt your usual workout to incorporate the exercises, or, you can make a workout from the exercises – whatever works best for you. After all, nobody knows your own body and your capabilities better than you!

Start your fitness journey with our first menu which covers weeks 1-4. We’re fully behind you, every step of the way. Happy new [fitness] year!

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New Year Fitness Resolutions

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Six New Year’s Fitness Resolutions You’ll Stick To

Ready for the fresh start of a New Year? You’ve eaten and drunk your way through December, and you know that January 2020 is the perfect time to make some health and wellbeing changes. You know too that those New Year fitness resolutions will have faded away before the end of that first month. For all your good intentions, your good resolutions will have failed their fitness test.

Unless.

Unless you’re a member of Xercise4Less Gyms! Take a look at our 6 New Year’s Fitness Resolutions You’ll Stick To and find achievable exercise ambitions that will survive the whole of 2020. Read on for New Year resolutions that will rejuvenate your fitness journey and help you accomplish the workout targets you want.

1: Look Forward to Your New Fitness Year

Start off your New Year of improved fitness by celebrating your exercise accomplishments of the last year. No matter if your progress has been small or large, give yourself a handsome clap on the back and then plan for the new fitness year. Make your health and wellbeing goals for this year simply being better than last year. Narrow your fitness targets to just eating better. Or losing weight. Or being more active. Don’t try and achieve everything all at one. With manageable goals you’ll find it far easier to stick to your fitness resolutions as you move through the year. Above all, make your fitness resolutions about you and not about trying to impress other people. Workouts fuelled by your own desire to get fitter will be much easier to maintain right throughout 2020.

2: Resolve to Start Small

The second day of our Christmas workout routine and there are no turtle doves but turtle dove squats and 12 repetitions for you to do. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, feet pointing outwards. Bend at the knees, pushing the hips back but keeping your torso straight. Keep squatting until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Stand back up and repeat to get your Xmas season off to a healthy start.

3: Aim for Better Fitness Not Perfect Workouts

Gradual and continuous fitness improvement will help you last through the year. Aim for better workouts and avoid trying for the perfect session. Plan for your fitness programme to go wrong at some stage and plan what you can do to change your workout routine up. Busy lives and work commitments can sometimes get in the way of your fitness but don’t worry, you just need exercise consistency over time to progress. Leading a more active life isn’t going to happen overnight. Just focus on getting better little by little and you’ll find yourself sticking to your New Year fitness resolutions.

4: Schedule Your Gym Time in the New Year

Make the time for working out by scheduling your workout on your calendar. Set your phone alerts to remind you of your next gym session and prepare a backup plan for exercising on those days when you feel too tired or too busy at work to go to the gym. When you schedule a workout, you’re far more likely to go through with it. Make sure your exercise schedule is sustainable with your current work and family routine.

5: Lean on Our Gym Community

We talk a lot about community at Xercise4Less Gyms but that’s because we know how much of a support it can be. When you’re taking on some New Year fitness resolutions, don’t miss out on the communal support offered by our encouraging personal fitness trainers and friendly gym members. Wherever you are on your fitness journey it’s always valuable to get the expert advice of a personal trainer in a one-to-one session or boot camp. Find a reliable exercise buddy from our gym community and you’re also less likely to miss a session and more likely to stick to your New Year fitness goals.

6: Make Fitness Fun in the New Year

Working out may not always feel like fun but when you enjoy your exercise session you’re much more likely to stick with it. Find a way of exercising that you enjoy, and you’ll find it easier to keep your fitness resolutions right through 2020. If you hate running on the treadmill, work out in our functional fitness area. Feel constrained by resistance machines? Start lifting in our free weights zone. Try some of our fun group fitness classes and benefit from the endorphins of a sweaty class of Les Mills BODYCOMBAT or the stress release of a Yoga class in your local gym. Choose workouts that will have you coming back for more, New Year after New Year.

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New Year’s Resolutions that will Work Out

Exercise whenever you can and work out however you can, and you’ll keep on track for improved fitness in the New Year. With our 6 New Year’s Fitness Resolutions You’ll Stick To you’ll focus on making fitness fun and your exercise programme manageable. Work out in the boxing ring or in the supportive environment of our Ladies Only Gym Zone; enjoy the company of friendly gym members or the motivation of expert personal trainers in group fitness classes. Xercise4Less Gyms provides every tool you need to stick to your New Year fitness resolutions and achieve your exercise goals in 2020.

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