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New year, new you? That’s what they say. But it’s not only the fitness fanatics who change with the times; fitness trends are constantly coming and going. And with every new year comes a new set of trends and fashions. From Zumba and HIIT to Boxercise and LIIT.

And whilst not all of them can stand the test of time, one thing’s always certain: when January comes around, it brings a sack full of trends with it.

With that said, here are 5 fitness trends to watch out for in 2020. . .

Community fitness

Exercising with others has always been a popular way to keep in shape. But with increasing numbers of people engaging with fitness regimes, and a growing number of local and national exercise clubs, working out in groups is now easier and more accessible than ever before.

And thanks to the prevalence of fitness apps, many of which allow you to connect with others locally, there are myriad ways to meet and engage with like-minded individuals.


Rowing seems to be experiencing something of a revival at the moment, which seems set to continue into the new year. One reason for its popularity is its low-impact nature. This makes it an excellent option for older people or those who have sustained impact-related injuries.

Not only that, but rowing offers one of the most effective full-body workouts around. In fact, a study from the English Institute of Sport showed that it works 86% of the muscles in your body.


Though it may not seem like a traditional fitness trend, meditation is an amazing supplement to any exercise regime. After all, the modern world is a busy and hectic place, and though exercise itself helps with stress, meditation is an incredibly effective antidote for 21st Century life.

And now with the ever-increasing public awareness of the myriad benefits of meditation, it appears that more and more fitness instructors are starting to incorporate mindfulness into their classes. So 2020 may just be the year of mindful workouts…

Tech-free exercise

This one might seem a little bit illogical. The general assumption is that the further we progress into the “future”, the more we rely on technology. But it appears that the opposite is taking place. More people now are beginning to opt for a less technologically-dependent lifestyle. And one aspect of modern life that has become heavily infused with apps and tech is health and fitness.

But, of course, technology isn’t always good for our mental wellbeing, so the ability to unplug and disconnect once in a while is incredibly important. This means that exercising the old fashioned way, without apps or heart monitors or social media leaderboards, may be one fo the best ways to keep fit (both physically and mentally) in 2020.

Low-impact training

2019 was the year of HIIT. But 2020 could well be the year of HILIT (high-intensity, low-impact training). Most people are well aware of the benefits of HIIT training, but one of its primary pitfalls (especially for those who need to watch out for this sort of thing) is how much stress it puts on the joints.

One solution to this problem is low-impact training. All the benefits of HIIT without any of the impact. This form of training could prove to be particularly popular this year amongst runners and CrossFitters.

New year fitness

For more tips on keeping fit in the new year, why not take a look at our guide on how to beat the January blues.