The Seven Big Fitness Trends Of 2017 So Far

In 2017, there are more fitness choices than ever before. Do you try HIIT or resistance workouts? Calisthenics or German volume training? Wellness or mindfulness? Crosswords or sudoku?

The answer, of course, is completely personal. You do whatever works for you. The good news is that we live in a very rich time for health and fitness options – with just a bit of work, you should be able to find an approach that works for your personality, your location, and your daily calendar (however busy it may be).

2016 was a good year for these options; as someone who works in the health sector, it felt as though my industry was evolving in a positive direction. Now that we're over half way through 2017, it's time to look at this year's major emerging trends and analyse what they mean for the wider future of our physical and mental fitness.

1. Mind the gap

For a while now, the fitness industry has been pushing in opposite directions on cost: a race to the bottom at the affordable end, versus vertiginously escalating prices at the top. In 2017, the disparity between the two is growing ever more exponential.

One of the big factors in falling prices at the bottom end is the rise of the low-cost chain gym, which benefit from economies of scale to offer their service at attractive entry points. Largely, this is proving to be a positive thing: the gyms are now more likely to offer pay-as-you-go membership, rather than a monthly subscription fee that puts off a lot of people. And generally the environment in these gyms is conducive to getting in shape: the chains can offer a range of equipment that wasn't previously possible, and the knowledge base of their trainers is improving (although arguably it still needs work).

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The seven big fitness trends of 2017 so far
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