Medical tests that would previously require a Dr.’s visit are now becoming accessible to us at home, and where bio-science intersects with technology, we’re starting to see consumer facing dashboards that put wellness into our own hands. New blood test programmes like LiveSmart and wellnessfx keep us informed of our health on an ongoing basis, allow us to alter health outcomes, and to understand our genetic makeup and the factors that influence our training and nutrition results. DNA testing is already here, so we can understand the unique genetic markers we carry and how they shape our results, but these new at home blood tests allow us to monitor multiple aspects of our health simultaneously. Plug into the dashboard, build a health plan around it and we have the ability to make changes that really can impact short term goals and long term health. Expect to see more growth in this area in 2016.
There’s the new Apple watch, there are Fitbits, Withings, Jawbones, Nike Bands and more, and more and more of our clients using them to monitor and track their progress. The devices and the technology are getting better all the time. It’s likely that as the market grows there will be some sort of consolidation, perhaps it’s the tech that can best match up with the bio science innovations that will win the day?
One size fits all training programmes and nutrition plans are out, personalisation is in, which means an increase in the number of people using Personal Trainers to help formulate bespoke plans, monitor and track progress and discover new, bespoke training methodologies. Utilising a combination of tests and tech as above allows us to take much of the guesswork out, giving users access to the kind of data previously only available to professional athletes, which in turn means that training and nutrition can be even more specifically tailored to give outstanding results.
This won’t be for everyone, but for clients who already have a good idea of what they’re doing in the gym, the next logical step is a virtual trainer who can not only motivate them, but look at the wealth of data for a client, formulate their training and nutrition programmes, monitor them, and most importantly motivate them. The online coach isn’t just a PT, it’s a health coach, analysing and feeding information to the client, and tweaking their training to deliver the best results. Expect to see growth in this area through 2016.
It might be mighty cold outdoors, but there’s nothing quite like the buzz of an outdoor session, in natural light, in natural surroundings. Why train indoors breathing recycled air when you could be getting primal in the fresh air? As more and more kit suitable for outdoor training (see Functional Training below) we predict more people are going to start to appreciate the kick of getting sweaty in the great outdoors.
We’ve already had Cross Fit, which introduced a lot of people to a new way of training: people are realising that fitness really is a multi-disciplined event, and to be truly fit and get the body composition results, mixing it up is a smart way to go. Forget grunting out reps on machines, 2016 is going to be about hammers, tyres, ropes, gymnastic rings, kettle bells and functional movement twinned with high intensity work to build an athlete’s body, and achieve an athlete’s fitness.
In the modern world we’re all under time pressure, and after lack of motivation, lack of time is the primary reason clients give for not engaging with their training and getting results. Thankfully, if you’re prepared to put in the hard work in terms of intensity, then you can still get the results you crave in short, sharp, focused workouts. This includes things like cardiovascular work such as sprinting twinned with full body circuits, or body part focused strength training in a single session. These work-outs can work wonders and in a short amount of time. 30 minutes is do-able for general fitness and fat -burning, but 2016 will bring with it body part focused protocols of 30 – 40 minutes combining strength, hypertrophy and endurance orientated exercises twinned with hyper-effective fat burners and CV conditioners like HIIT.
Combat Sports Training
Be it MMA, boxing, or other martial arts, we’re predicting a surge in fight style training in 2016. Why? Because it’s so effective – like the ultimate in full body HIIT training. And because it requires an intense concentration, it works not only muscles but co-ordination, reactions and balance. Training for fighting is full body conditioning, which allows you to build strength without sacrificing mobility, and training in rounds with a rest in between gives you the interval effect. After all, when was the last time you saw a professional boxer or MMA fighter with a podgy belly? A strong core is key, and blasting out skipping, running, bag work, grappling, pad work and even sparring is going to get you in tip top shape in no time.
Long considered a perennial favourite, we expect that yoga will see a bit of a resurgence in 2016. Excellent for breathing, getting into your headspace, and improving mobility, yoga should be part of everyone’s training regime at least once a week. Perhaps more than any other exercise form, it’s vitally important to find a style and teacher that works for you. There are hundreds of classes out there, keep going until you find that one that resonates with you and reap the benefits of a regular practice.
When we came to Ibiza 5 years ago, it was just us and one other fitness holiday company here, last season at least another three joined the party and we already know of several others on the way. It’s a trend that’s being mirrored around Europe – with people looking to get more out of their holiday time. Investing in yourself for an experience with a team of experts and making changes in your healthy living and training is gaining traction. It’s an opportunity to try new exercises and activities, have fun, and go home fitter, stronger, leaner and with a smile on your face. In 2016 we will be supplementing our Ibiza fitness holidays with UK fitness breaks and some pretty special farther flung destinations. Watch this space…