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The biggest trend in 2018 may be a lack of new trends. Could it be that the fitness industry is finally getting it?

“There will always be fitness trends that come and go, but generally speaking, the health and fitness community is becoming smarter each year that passes,”says certified personal trainer and owner of Heat Studios Jake Giamoni says. “The science of what works and what doesn't seems to be getting clearer and we don't see as many people falling for gimmicks as we have in the past. In 2018 we will see men take another step forward, approaching fitness in a smarter and more sustainable way.”

But that didn’t stop of from reaching out to some of the leading professionals in the business to see what’s leading the way next year. What we do know is that some of this might seem familiar. From incorporating your fitness routine into networking to technology that gives real-time results and feedback, here’s a look at how fitness will evolve the next 12 months from leading experts:

Fitness At The Office 

Your father might have enjoyed several rounds of scotch and copious cigars when he networked at your age, but these days, a heightened attention toward health means networking and sweat are become synonymous. In fact, fitness coach and expert Nadia Murdock says more companies will offer extensive wellness offerings - from standing desks to walking meetings - to fight against sedentary office habits. “Forget sitting in front of the computer for hours or getting on a business call at your desk. More and more people are prioritizing movement during the workday,’ she adds. 

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Beyond allowing more flexibility to network and strategize in more active ways, Adriane Abraham, the co-owner of The Fit Shop also says companies will also incentivize employees with fitness, too. “I think in 2018 more companies are going to start catching on that if they are able to provide their employees with incentive to stay healthy, they are going to have a happier and more loyal employee,” she says.

Recovery Will Become More Important. Finally.

It’s not only about what you do to work up a sweat, but what you do to cool down from it, too. From floating tanks to cryotherapy, more and more fitness lovers are ensuring their taking care of their body by prioritizing recovery. “The research is clear, if we want better results we need to train hard. If we want to train hard consistently we need to recover. Techniques that used to be reserved only for high end athletes are now becoming more mainstream and available to the general public,” Bott says.

Erik Marthaler, the co-owner of Lateral Fitness in Chicago agrees, adding more people are turning toward acupuncture or massages, too. This is all in an effort to stay injury-free and healthy. “Your body is like a car in a way. If all pistons aren’t firing to keep the engine driving properly, the other pistons have to work harder to make up for that shut down piston. When that happens, ultimately, the engine will shut down. Doing things to keep all of those muscles from being tight, shut down or overactive. It’s important to take care of the body properly,” he explains.

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Men Will Embrace Pilates

Next time your girlfriend, mother, sister or best friend invite you to their Pilates class? Don’t roll your eyes, Marthaler says. Pilates is on the rise for men - and for good reason: it works the intrinsic muscles that are difficult to reach through other exercises. “Pilates has been a secret amongst the very fit. It works the whole body, especially the core, making people leaner and ‘taller’, due to better posture and body alignment. It may look easy, but it can be harder than flipping a 300-pound tire,” he explains.

By the way, NFL stars including Antonio Brown, Martellus Bennett and Brandin Cooks are all Pilates fans.

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And Meditation

You don’t have to visit Buddhist temples in Indonesia to find your Zen today. Instead, you can simply download apps like Headspace or Calm to relax and center. Master instructor and creative director at Flywheel Sports Victor Self says more men will give their best ‘om’ to meditation this coming year.  “Tried and true and making a huge resurgence in 2018, you’ll see guys all over taking a moment or two to clear their minds, re-focus and integrate mindfulness into their packed lives,” he predicts.

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Gyms > Doctor’s Offices

Instead of only doing crunches when you’ve lost all definition or cutting out red meat because your doctor is concerned about your heart health, Murdock says more personal trainers will prescribe a preventive attitude toward fitness instead of one that’s designed to fix medical conditions. “It’ll become more important to find ways to stay healthy before you are sick or injured this year,” she says. “From building strong bones with impact workouts to maintaining a healthy heart with cardio induced exercises people are turning to exercise as a more holistic way to cure ailments.”

Yes, Even More Tracking

It should likely come as no surprise - given you lug around your smartphone, tablet, charging cable, extra battery and laptop daily - that technology is at the forefront of 2018. Much like years pass, avid exercisers will turn to analytical data to help guide their health and fitness progression goals so they’re working harder, sure, but more efficiently and effectively, too. As certified biomechanist and head performance enhancement specialist at NY Science Lab, Michael Greene explains, “We’ll see more people ditching antiquated heavy resistance training for more modern modalities which yield data and track performance. Technological advances in exercise equipment has led to the transformation of many traditional exercises and lifts. For example, isoinertial flywheel devices are being used as alternative to barbell squatting for many professional organizations. Many recognize the additional benefits of the isoinertial resistance opposed to resistance provided by gravity on athletic performance and injury prevention.”

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Community/Group Fitness Will Still Be A Thing

Gone are the days where you loaded up your playlist, ran a few miles, lifted a few things and went off to the rest of your day without uttering a word to anyone. As certified functional strength coach, author and owner of Aspire Fitness, LLC Brian Bott explains, more gyms and boutique studios will invest in community-building efforts that will introduce you to like-minded individuals. How come? There’s motivation in numbers! “Let's face it, fitness isn't ‘fun’ for everyone and people want to feel like they are a part of something. The community aspect that smaller clubs can offer is a trend that's here to stay. These clubs tend to have highly trained staff who are extremely knowledgeable in delivering great workouts to a wide variety of clients. These gyms serve as a spark to their community to get people together and actually enjoying where they work out,” he explains.

People Will Still Love Mud

Since events like the Spartan Race, Epic Series, Tough Mudder and American Ninja Warrior are growing in popularity with each month, Bott says more gym experiences will cater to this friendly competitive spirit. “Once guys get lean, a lot of them need some other sort of motivation to keep them training hard. Training for these events is a great test of both your strength and conditioning,” he notes.

Fitness On-Demand

It all started with the expensive Peloton Bike, which brought the intensity of indoor cycling classes to living rooms, and it’s only going to continue to grow. Especially with mega fitness startups like ClassPass opening the door to at-home workouts, too. As Batt explains, for millennials with travel-heavy, packed schedules, being about to sneak in a sweat wherever your unpredictable life takes you is become chief to any other frill or perk these days. “At the click of the button you can either cue up a class or look for one of the scheduled live classes that are broadcast worldwide. You can ride solo, or see the performance of your friends to compete and push each other. Look for similar technology to start to make its way into the strength world as well,” he recommends.

Gymnastics-Style Training

Throughout 2017, Giamoni says a shift was happening in the fitness space, where more men and women wanted to train toward skills instead of adding on muscle or meeting specific goals. Instead, they wanted to be mentally challenged with new techniques and methods, making gymnastic-inspired workouts grow in popularity. “These can be a great way to break up the monotony of a workout program. Working on things like handstands and rings can increase your mobility and strength while keeping you more engaged in your workout program as you build up and learn these challenging bodyweight skills.  GST gyms have already popped up in major cities, and will likely continue to spread,” he says.

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