The fitness industry, as any industry, is prone to change and evolution as the world around it changes. Factors contributing to change include development of consumerism, the increase of dependence on technology, and better understanding and improvement of the field. Here are some examples of how the fitness industry is changing in dynamic and exciting ways:
Live Online Fitness Instruction
Live communication via the internet and video, in particular, is set to have a profound impact on the way that people exercise and take online fitness classes. Now, with the accessibility of Youtube videos, the internet, and the ability to tune into live sessions, fitness instruction has the possibility to be delivered in different ways. It creates the ability of fitness instruction to be accessible from anywhere in any condition. People will no longer necessarily need to be in the gym all the time to get in a rigorous and productive workout, yet this doesn’t mean that gyms need to decrease in popularity–they just need to adapt to take advantage of this new trend. For instance, they can run online classes that members have access to for when they can’t make it to the gym.
This has the advantage, as well, of making fitness classes more accessible for introverts or those who can not make it to the gym within opening hours, as these programs can be set up to be any time and anywhere, while also being more personal than just rudimentary fitness videos.
New Fitness Machinery
New fitness machinery and new ways to study the human body makes it more possible for people to create machines that maximally optimize and target desirable muscle groups more accurately. These new fitness machines can really be used to maximize the workout in addition to more traditional exercises, like deadlifts, free weights, squats, and others.
Changing Ability to Track Progress
A huge part of the changing fitness history has to do with the technology that is being developed to track progress, both by gyms and by those working toward their fitness goals. There are numerous apps that enable people to quickly and easily track their workouts or dietary information over time, and shows them statistical evidence for their progress. Even the health app that comes with the iPhone provides for a basic yet comprehensive version of this.
These sorts of apps can be used in collaboration with gym staff to help those working toward their goals to easily and clearly set and track goals.