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2016 Fitness & Wellness Trends

  • January 4, 2016
  • By Brittany
2016 Fitness & Wellness Trends

I recently read an article in Well & Good about the 2016 Fitness & Wellness Trends and it had me thinking about exactly what we are going to see this year in terms of fitness, health and wellness and what I WANT to see.  Sometimes I get so caught up in what is supposed to be “good for you” or what is trending in wellness that I forget what I actually want to do for myself to be healthy.  And let’s face it, fitness and health are a very personal matter!  So here’s the 2016 Fitness & Wellness Trends!


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This was one of Well and Good’s picks for 2016 Fitness & Wellness Trends and I couldn’t agree more.  Everything healthy comes in a bowl these days.  Smoothie bowls, acai bowls, lunch and dinner bowls.  I’ll be featuring a few healthy bowl recipes in the near future, but if you want to make your own bowl think about adding healthy grains, veggies, beans and lean protein with good-for-you sauce toppings or herbs and spices.   

acai bowl

Fitness Fashion 

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Fitness fashion definitely hit its stride in 2015 and it only seems to be going up from here.  With the invention of athleisure and the culture of wearing gym clothes not just to class or, well, the gym, but to brunch, the grocery store, coffee and more, fitness fashion is only going to grow.  Big names like Tory Burch, Derek Lam, Stella McCartney and more are launching their own activewear lines or pairing with big name activewear brands to bring cool sophistication to our yoga leggings.  And with more businesses popping up you’ll be seeing a lot more options.  So what do I predict will be big for 2016?

  • Cutouts and mesh
  • Leather or pleather
  • Stripes
  • Prints
  • Skirts, dresses and sweats that go from gym to lunch

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Online Workouts


2015 was all about the boutique fitness studio scene and while I predict further growth in this area, there has been a huge shift to online fitness classes.  DVDs are becoming obsolete with more and more services offering online videos and streaming classes.  This is the way that the hottest trainers are going to reach you!


Fitness Celebrities


It used to be that we always wanted to know what celebrities did to keep themselves in shape, but these days, fitness gurus are celebrities in their own right.  Take the new Bravo TV show Workout New York, that follows some of the city’s hottest trainers.  Or the fact that people like Beto Perez, Gabby Reece and Chalene Johnson are making millions and have a huge following just for sharing their passion of fitness.  Fitness celebritydom is definitely on the rise.

zumba with beto

Fitness & Lifestyle Plans

No more fitness only or nutrition only, people these days want a holistic approach with plans addressing not just fitness but health coaching, nutrition, recipes and life coaching.  It makes sense, if you are going to commit, why not go all the way and deal with any other issues that may be holding you back from reaching your goals.

More Meditation 


Meditation has always been on the fringe of popular fitness but these days it is being wholly embraced.  With meditation studios popping up and more people beginning to espouse the benefits, it looks like meditation is here to stay.  One of my favorite sources for guided meditations is My Yoga Works.  Spend 5 minutes at the end of your workout giving it a try!


Being Strong Instead of Skinny


I’ve noticed a distinct change in the type of women we are seeing on the cover of fitness magazines, modeling fitness wear and just in general in the media.  Instead of tiny skinny models, we are seeing stronger, sculpted ladies.  I love it!

Gyms Die, Boutiques Take Over


I said before that 2015 was the year of the fitness boutique studio and I think ultimately 2016 is going to be the year gyms die.  Less and less people are spending their money on a full gym membership as more and more people are joining boutique studios that cater directly to their interests.  The issue I see here is pricing.  The boutique studios are generally extremely pricey, which precludes a huge number of the population and business like Class Pass, who offer discounted memberships to these studios have stepped in to fill some of the gap.  It will be interesting to see how the pricing model develops.

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The Return of Pilates (and the continue power of barre)


Towards the end of 2015, an article came out that asked whether pilates was dead and the resounding answer was NO!  I think that pilates is not only not dead but is experiencing a resurgence with more studios opening and a focus on a more modern approach to the practice.  2015 was the year of the barre and while I still predict and upsurgence on the barre scene, I think it is spilling over into pilates with newer tougher classes being created and more people interested in both traditional equipment classes and newer classes like the megaformer or Chaise Fitness!

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Training Mashups 

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In 2016 it is not about one form of exercise but the mashup.  Combined workouts like barre + HIIT or dance plus strength training are the next big thing.  Changing it up and adding in an unexpected twist will help make you stronger and leaner.  I’m looking forward to seeing what inspired trainers and studios are up to!

Readers, what are your predictions for 2016?  What would you like to see more of in the fitness and health industry?  

By Brittany, January 4, 2016
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  • Marielle
    January 4, 2016

    I love that activewear is such a “thing” now…because that is basically my daily wardrobe! 🙂 And I also love the boutique fitness boom….There really is something for everyone in regards to fitness!

    • FitBritt
      January 7, 2016

      Me too! I honestly try to wear real clothes but I always end up in workout gear. Haha. I feel bad for all my work dresses gathering dust in my closet.

  • Christen
    January 4, 2016

    i LOVE that we’re seeing more fit women as models rather than rail-thin, underweight women! It’s such great inspiration for me to work out and appreciate the body I have, rather than beat myself up over the body I don’t have!

  • Holly
    January 5, 2016

    Absoultly, on the bowl lunch and dinners–I want some meatless protein bowls.
    Hopefully, on the athletic-wear dresses from the gym to lunch (or work)!
    Uniquely, Pilates infiltrates into all types of workout routines!
    Unequivocally, I applaud your predictions!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    January 5, 2016

    Yes, yes, yes – I love pretty much all of these trends! I dig that you’re predicting that health coaching is on the up & up… as a health coach I certainly hope that’s true! I’m all about fitness fashion translating into everyday life too. It’s funny that you mentioned gyms dying, because I belonged to a gym for years and years, but last year was the first time in my adulthood that I didn’t belong to a regular gym. Instead I opted for lots of different boutique classes, online at-home workouts, and got outdoorsy as much as I could.

    • FitBritt
      January 7, 2016

      I totally think it is on the up and up! I hope to hear more from you about it this year! 🙂

      I totally agree that boutique classes, online workouts and outdoor workouts are the way to go!!

  • Nellie
    January 7, 2016

    I totally agree, everything is in bowls these days!! so weird. I am ALLL about cutouts and mesh in the workout pants. I can’t get enough!!

  • Tommy
    January 8, 2016

    I am looking forward to trying something new where fitness is concerned so I am really hoping more fitness boutiques sprout up this year! Also, I am glad the trend to healthy eating has moved from mason jars to bowls, I find that the quantity is much more realistic for men 😛

  • Carly @ Fine Fit Day
    January 9, 2016

    I didn’t even think about bowls being a ‘thing’ but as soon as you mentioned it I realized you’re so right! And yes please to gym clothes being okay for everyday!!

    • FitBritt
      January 14, 2016

      I honestly have to make myself put on real clothes and then when I do, I always think I would be way more comfortable in gym clothes!

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