CBD oil, home workouts and veganism all went mainstream in 2019, but as we approach the end of the year, we take a look ahead to see what will be trending in the world of wellness for 2020. Based on its data, ClassPass reveals what’s here to stay and the new trends set to take the fitness and wellness industry by storm next year.
Workouts for the soul will go mainstream
ClassPass predicts a rise in workouts which put mindfulness and mental health at the forefront – not only thinking about exercise during the class, but the before and after. More studios are now prioritising spiritual wellbeing and ways we can nurture the soul and 2020 will be no different, with studios expanding their offering beyond traditional exercise to therapies like cryotherapy, meditation, breathing, massages and flotation tanks.
Variety is King
As boutique studios continue to boom across the UK and are no longer just an exclusive London offering, we will see more and more consumers seeking variety to keep them motivated in their fitness and wellness regimes. Consumers are looking for a diverse selection of ways to use their precious ‘me-time’ to nurture their bodies and soul and fitness memberships that offer access to this variety, such as ClassPass, are helping connecting consumers with this quest for choice. ClassPass is set to expand further across the UK in 2020 offering consumers the chance to put HIIT, cycling, swimming, dance, yoga, wellness classes, meditation, cryotherapy and floatation tanks all into their regular fitness routine.
How we exercise will continue to change, as 2020 will bring a surge in group sweat classes. The way we socialise with friends and spend time with work colleagues will change, as we begin to see workouts replacing happy hour and team lunches being swapped with team outings to a spin or trampoline class. Working out increases team bonding, productivity and improves culture and we’re seeing studios embrace this trend – with group sweat classes such as The Foundry and Sweat It, where you collectively train and burn off calories as a group. Going to classes with your friends or colleagues is a great way to develop friendships too and also reduces some of the self consciousness and anxiety of exercising alone in a room full of strangers.
2020 will see a change in how we practice yoga. Over the years we’ve had goat yoga, bunny yoga and even alpaca yoga- and whilst we won’t be seeing anymore animals (sad times) we will be seeing more ways you can combine the exercise. Yoga HIIT, for example, is the perfectly balanced class of hardworking stretches with sharp bursts of intensity, which ensures you’re practising all of those muscles and leaving the room with balls of sweat by the variety of moves.
Something that we’re expecting to see more recognition of in 2020 is needing more shut eye. We all know that sleep deprivation can impact you at work, your physical appearance and mental health – and we’re seeing a big focus on studios looking at ways to address this as part of a holistic wellness solution. With is a rise in technical equipment that can help combat this lack of sleep, as well as offerings by studios like The Fore – who have a dedicated space for post-workout R&R (and relaxing treatments), and Pop N Rest’s sleep pods for you to take time out and say goodnight on your lunch break.
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Work hard, play hard
Increasingly, next year will see people using their gyms and studios as a hub for socialising, chilling out or meditating – or even working! Studios such as The Fore offer a co-working space for anyone to use, so you can essentially have your whole life’s needs in one place – take a class in the morning, shower, grab your oat milk lattes or ‘pack me punch’ smoothies and crack on with today’s tasks with no minutes lost! More and more studios, like Frame and Another Space who are implementing ways they can cater for all needs with the use of cafes and chill-out zones, which are enjoyable spaces for those to hang out after their workout.