What's Trending in Fitness in 2018? 3

A Q&A With the Experts

From wearable technology to wellness coaching, trends in fitness are always changing. A new year symbolizes a fresh start, so many see it as a perfect time to undertake a new fitness routine or even reenergize a stale workout. Franklin Lifestyle surveyed the local gym landscape and talked to some top local owners to get their take on 2018’s trends.

Shellie Blanks Cimarosti, owner of Team Tae Bo Franklin

1113 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 101
Franklin, TN 37064

What do you see as trending now?

The new trends for training are HIIT training, which is high-intensity interval training, where you are training at a fast pace for a certain period of time, using either a cardiovascular or strength exercise. You push yourself to your limits and beyond. People seem to be really into exercises that tap into pushing not only the physical but the mental aspect of physical fitness. CrossFit has also been an exercise that is trending lately.

In your opinion, what makes an exercise trendy?

An exercise is trendy when a celebrity endorses it, and people become interested for that reason. Also, exercises become trendy when it is “the new thing” so to speak—when something is tweaked, or there is a certain “spin” to an already familiar exercise.

What types of classes does TEAM TAE BO offer?

We offer cardio classes, (Tae Bo) a strength training class (Flex), kickboxing class (contact with a heavy bag) and a body weight suspension training and core class called TRX.

Sharon Thompson, owner of Cyclebar Franklin

9040 Carothers Parkway, Suite A-207
Franklin, TN 37067

What do you see as trending now?

There’s currently high demand for boutique fitness experiences. We see this in CrossFit, barre, yoga and with our business, indoor cycling. We see the trend going towards smaller, more intimate experiences. The idea of group fitness is nothing new, but now, we’re seeing new business models that just make these experiences more accessible and much stronger for people at all skill levels.

In your opinion, what makes an exercise trendy?

In order to be trendy, the fitness program needs to appeal to different demographics and transcend gender. The best workout programs are fun for both men and women at all skill levels. With the hot group fitness concepts that are out there now, I notice that they’re all able to accommodate everyone, regardless of age and where they’re at in their development.

What types of classes does CycleBar offer?

We really have three kinds of rides.

In our classic ride, it has something for everyone with a rocking mix of strength, endurance, challenges, hills and drills.

In the connect ride, it’s more of a restorative exercise where we dim the lights, turn off the monitors and focus on the music.

In our performance ride, we up the game with a ride that focuses on stats, group challenges and rider competitions.

These classes are 45 minutes long and are in our CycleTheater which has the best audio, video and lighting technology. After each class you will receive CycleStats which contain your class rank, calories burned, average max RPMs, average/max watts and the instructor’s playlist.

Meghan Littlejohn, owner of Orangetheory Fitness Franklin

3301 Aspen Grove Drive, Suite 107
Franklin, TN 37067

What makes an exercise trendy?

The development of new fitness-related technology. New workouts and fitness studios are trying to keep up with the evolving trend of technology. At Orangetheory, everyone wears a digital heart rate monitor that can be paired with our Orangetheory app. Our OTbeat app allows our members the opportunity to record a workout, join a challenge with other local members, review the results from their workout and book class sessions. We try to make our members’ experience convenient, fun and challenging.

What does Orangetheory offer?

Orangetheory Fitness is a 60-minute workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training, led by an experienced coach. The heart-rate-monitored, high-intensity workout is scientifically designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that spikes metabolism and increases energy, allowing clients to continue burning calories for 36 hours following the workout, backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). Participants burn an average of 500+ total calories per 60-minute training session (individual results vary).