Fitness Trends for 2018

Fitness trends evolve every year, from wearable tech to the age-old practice of yoga. We asked eight fitness trainers from various backgrounds about their predictions for 2018.


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MIKE ANDERSON | CrossFit Malibu

The CrossFit Malibu mission leads people along a pathway of fitness that yields the strength, confidence, and freedom to do anything and everything. In 2018, our goal is to provide new CrossFit trainees with support and a solid foundation to be successful in the sport. As CrossFit trends more and more to outdoor activities, our training program extends beyond the confines of our Quonset Hut to the beach, into the ocean, and up the trails as we cultivate the spirit of our motto, “Go Outside and Play.” Each day of training brings something fun and different. We devote time towards skill work and practice resulting in gains that transfer to any physical pursuit.

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NATALIE MACAM | Malibu Beach Yoga

Yoga’s popularity has increased tremendously in recent years, and studies show it isn’t expected to slow down any time soon. Yoga is attracting a more diverse range of practitioners than ever before. We now have professional athletes such as Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun on the mat, with their yoga practice paramount to their fitness regimen. In addition to a range of bodily benefits including improved flexibility, balance and physical fitness, many people look to yoga for mental wellness and stress relief as well. Yoga seeks to realize the nature of—and obstacles to—higher awareness and fulfillment, to connect us and bring us back into wholeness, to remember what our bodies know to be true. The development of yoga can be traced back over 5,000 years. This time-honored tradition stands to grow, evolve, and become an even more vital part of our culture.

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SAMANTHA BLAUSTEIN | Yoga

Yoga originating in India, did not become a popular fitness trend until the 1980s. The past decade, yoga has taken on a new trend. Yoga has shifted towards mindfulness, loving-compassion, and the use of pranayama (breath work). Using these yogic tools combined is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and ease ailments. Yoga is for all who seek peace of mind, focus, connection to oneself, and being present in the moment. Sthira and sukkah, steadiness and ease, in each pose enables us to have the ultimate experience. Choosing to turn our focus inward and find peace, helps not only the individual , but also has a ripple effect into the community. Yoga, now, is beyond fitness; it has the ability to change our vibrations, and make us the best version of ourselves. Hope to see you all in the next yoga class of 2018!

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NABIL MARDINI | Dig Cycle

In the upcoming year, I believe wearable tech, body weight training, and high intensity interval training (HIIT) will be huge. When it comes to wearables, we are going to incorporate the chest strap at Dig early in 2018 and ride the wave of this trend. Second, its easy to see why no-equipment workouts are so popular: They’re relatively easy to learn, can be modified to suit any ability level, and require more movement and dynamic as opposed to the traditional static exercises one may exert at a big box fitness place. Digfit and Digbody classes at Dig incorporate TRX training along with other exercises performed on a Bosu Ball, resistance bands and kettle bells. Finally, HIIT helps you torch calories fast by alternating bursts of high-intensity exercise with short rest periods. Our signature Dig 50 cycling classes incorporate interval training with a mixture of rhythm rides.

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NIKKITA WEERASINGHE | BeneFit Body Pilates

With every year comes a new trend in fitness. From underwater cycle to paddle board yoga, the possibilities are endless. The thing about a trend is that it lacks longevity; it comes and goes. I’m a believer and promoter of any kind of movement, mostly because we live in a very fast-paced society spending most of our time being sedentary. Over the last few years, studios like the one I own, BeneFit Body in Woodland Hills, have taken the fundamentals of Pilates and created a more contemporary form of exercise. We have evolved our Pilates practice to fit the fast-paced mindset, constantly offering a variety in each class while still prioritizing the importance of correct form and alignment. This new version of Pilates can safely and effectively help a wide range of resolution seekers in every age group and fitness level to achieve their New Year’s goals.

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NATALIE NEWHART | Crossfit Costa Mesa

CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman describes his workout by saying saying, “It can kill you. I’ve always been completely honest about that.” My first CF Games experience was in 2013, and I’m currently working on earning my spot back. Every year the sport gets harder, the weights get heavier, the times get faster and the competitors get better. The trend in CrossFit year after year is not about training harder (everyone does that), it’s about training smarter, and that’s what I set out to do. As for off the matt, CrossFit’s social media following and technology is growing rapidly. In 2018, I predict there to be better smart phone apps for CrossFit athletes to plan and achieve their goals, more CrossFit stars on social media, and even bigger numbers of participation at the Games.

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