With the new year well under way, what better reason to start shaping up for summer. So we asked Matt Roberts www.mattroberts.co.uk, personal trainer to the stars (and the UK’s Prime Minister!) for his view on the top fitness trends for 2016. We hope you’re inspired!
“Working from home, lacking time, wanting personal input, and a desire to work with the best practitioners, plus amazing developments in interactive technology will make online, live and on-demand training big in 2016,” predicts Matt. You can tune in to the leading trainers, instructors, nutritionists, yoga and pilates teachers live and on-demand programmes to take part in sessions that would otherwise be out of geographical or financial capabilities. Online training looks set to become more interactive with Q&As, live feedback and access to the top trainers and their celebrity guests are about to make your workouts a whole lot more interesting and effective. To train with the Prime Minister’s trainer Matt Roberts and some of the biggest health and fitness experts in the world from your own home try Body.Network.
Devices to wear on your wrist, chest and head or even built into golf clubs, tennis rackets, bicycles and footballs to track all sorts of sports data is a sector that has been gradually growing over the past five years. Even mobile phones have multiple sensors that collect data whether you asked for it or not. “The difference now is that there are great apps that are delivering the information back in a clear, acceptable and simple enough way to make it interesting and useful,” says Matt, who predicts very soon that we will be wearing clothes very soon that contain sensors and devices. “This sector makes us one step closer to some of the most incredible ability to allow everyone to have bespoke training at the touch of a button.”
High Intensity Interval Training
High-intensity interval training typically involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery and usually takes less than 30 minutes to perform (although it is not uncommon for these programs to be much longer in duration). “It has stayed popular because those people who are into their training like its hard, high intensity, barrier pushing appeal, whilst for those who are less exercise inclined it offers a solution that doesn’t eat up too much time but does produce good results,” says Matt.
People have been using their own body weight for centuries as a form of resistance training, however, it did not appear as a trend before 2013 because it only became popular in gyms around the world during the last couple of years. “Strength Training” has become more popular generally, but specifically “dynamic training” such as circuit style training, suspension training and sports specific work have stayed high and hot on the list, says Matt. “People want to get strong but not big, and have a usefulness to their strength rather than just bulk for the sake of it.”
Yoga is expected to remain a significant trend in 2016 and now comes in numerous forms, including Power Yoga, Yogalates, and Bikram Yoga (done in hot and humid environments). “Yoga has become a perennial player in the trend lists and its massive range of different styles, alongside its continuous results in participants means that it is staying in the top list and going nowhere,” says Matt.
“It’s cool to be strong and to be fit, and this proves that the cool factor is not a fad as it has lasted for a number of years now,” says Matt. Strength training is now being used in training with children, the elderly and other groups who have been opened up to the broad benefits it gives. Bodyweight training, personal training and HIT all crossover into this category.