Fitness Trends Set to Take the UK Market By Storm in 2018

The 2017 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report revealed that the UK health and fitness industry continued to grow throughout the year. The significant growth was primarily driven by the private sector which boasts more clubs, members, and a more impressive market value than before. Last year saw more than 9.7million fitness members in the UK, boosting the penetration rate to an all-time high of 14.9%.

During 2017 UK consumers were presented with more fitness choices than ever before. Old favorites such as Zumba and yoga found themselves competing with German volume training and calisthenics, while multi-purpose training equipment and nutritional supplements all evolved at a similar break-neck speed. While 2017 was considered to be one of the best for the wellness industry, 2018 is bringing with it a variety of exciting fitness trends that are bound to appeal to the multitude of exercise enthusiasts in the United Kingdom.

Fitness trends to look out for in 2018

While spin and climbing classes were very popular during 2017 we can expect to see a hybrid class that combines incline training methods with cardio. Performed on VersaClimbers the classes are performed to music and use interval training, speed and incline to mix up the workout. An added bonus to this workout is that there is less impact on the body than what is experienced during a spin class. The upright standing position will also do wonders for your posture.

Artificial Intelligence workouts

Like personal trainers in your pocket, AI is starting to infiltrate the fitness world in 2018. From slaying playlists to audio workouts, these apps will learn from and adjust to your preferences and progress to enable them to offer you tailor-made training plans that suit your own personal needs and goals. Amazon is said to have invested in body-mapping technology that will be able to monitor your precise movements when you exercise.

Changed rules for recovery

Stretching, massaging and foam rolling have always seemed to be merely an afterthought but this year a lot more focus will be placed on the fascia – the connective tissue that ensures we stay flexible and mobile. While Australia may be leading the way in terms of super physio’s it is also starting to trend in the UK. According to Zanna van Dijk, a Balance Festival ambassador the UK will definitely start to see a rise in recovery-based classes towards the second quarter of 2018.

Moon rituals

While gong therapy made it big last year, this year is all about the moon. Full-moon sound baths, guided moon rituals and new-moon ceremonies might sound like something straight out a Hollywood movie but more and more UK residents are looking to consult the planets as a guide for everything concerning their health and well-being. Women especially are becoming intrigued by the various prophecies of the moon cycle as it is said to be heavily linked to the menstrual cycle.

As a rapidly-evolving market, the remainder of 2018 is bound to see many more advancements within the fitness-related industries of the UK. As long as consumers remain open-minded and level-headed with regards to the imminent changes they will be able to embrace all developments with ease.

Once again, thanks to Jane Sandwood for this great contribution

Why You Should Stay Hydrated During Your Workouts

The NHS recommends drinking around 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, roughly 1.2 litres of fluids to keep the body hydrated. However, the amount of fluid needed by the body when working out increases, and many people still only drink water when they are thirsty during exercise. Keeping hydrated before, during and after exercise is essential for overall health and lack of water or fluids may have detrimental effects,

Effects of Dehydration on Performance

During exercise, the body’s performance is impaired when dehydrated. Studies have shown that performance is inhibited by approximately 30 percent when the body is dehydrated. Dehydrating cells also results in raised histamine levels in the body leading to inflammation and pain. Water revitalises the body at a cellular level by transporting oxygen in and waste products like carbon dioxide out. Without water, all cells, including muscle cells, would be poisoned by these waste products leading to loss in strength. Sticking to water is healthiest but an electrolyte filled energy drink can be added as dehydration and heat combined can lead to muscle cramping.

Effect of Hydration on Bodily Health

As your body is made up of over 60 percent water, the more you replace during exercise, the better. Dehydration induced before exercise has been shown to increase heart rate, body temperature and even reliance on carbohydrates as a source of energy. This is particularly worsened in hotter environments according to a 1999 study published on the Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology. Chronic dehydration can result in fatigue and energy loss, both of which will decrease motivation for exercise. Other adverse effects include high blood pressure and obesity due to craving foods to replace water.

Effects of Hydration on Appetite

Have you ever noticed you feel fuller when drinking fluids during or before a meal? It is not recommended that fluids replace meals entirely as we retrieve some of our daily fluid intake from food too. A 2010 study published in Nutritional Review shows that the total energy intake at meal times decreased with increased fluid intake.. Lack of fluids also increases craving for sweet things. The liver uses water and reducing this may reduce its ability to function and release glucose into the bloodstream. As a result, you may eat more sweet foods such as chocolate to compensate.

The body can survive without food for longer than it can without water showing how essential it is to get enough fluids. Avoid drinking only when thirsty and try to drink as much water as possible. Your body will adapt to the extra fluids and will thank you for it.

Thanks to Jane Sandwood for this great contribution

Some tips on successful outdoor classes

So the weather seems to be getting better and we all know that the warm sun and blue skies create a perfect backdrop for outdoor workouts. There’s some great health benefits to being outside: like boosting immunity, mental health and even increasing satisfaction with the workout – great for your clients, their fitness and your business. With so many advantages to outdoor exercise, you don’t want to miss out on taking your training sessions to the park or even the beach.

Just remember to keep in mind that heading outdoors to train clients can bring some unique challenges. Here are four tips to ensure the safety and success of your outdoor workouts:


The idea of outdoors fitness classes has growing in popularity, boosted by Bootcamps and the likes of British Military Fitness. Before starting an outdoor fitness class or boot camp you should just check with your Local Council to see if any permits or licenses might be needed – or if there are any restrictions on what you can do, where and when. Policies can vary and we’ve all seen the challenges Park Run have had recently with some Councils trying to start charging them to use the park. Most will be free, but worth not getting caught out.


Safety is the most important aspect of any type of group training, and taking workouts outdoors poses a few extra considerations. Once you have found a location, familiarise yourself with the space to locate any available medical and safety resources. Locate and avoid any hazards or debris that may interfere with your program or potentially injure your clients. It is also important to bring safety equipment with you, such as first aid kits, water and a mobile phone.


When running your outdoor class, you should always abide any restrictions. You must respect the park’s landscaping and fixtures by using exercise equipment that is portable, does not attach to trees and limits the wear and tear of the space and its resources. Remember there are a lot of other people who have equal rights to be there and want to enjoy the open space—parks and public spaces are intended for the use and enjoyment of the entire community. Don’t abuse it and avoid busy areas. When you’re finished the class, be sure to remove all equipment and rubbish that you and your clients may have left behind. Don’t do anything which will risk future use of the area for other trainers.


Just be professional. Do what you have been taught to do and do it in a safe and respectful manner and the outdoor class will be a great success. That professionalism should also extend to ensuring your professional liability insurance is up to date. What if that member of the public trips and hurts themselves on your equipment?

Why Pilates should be part of your fitness routine

There are loads of reasons you should include Pilates in your weekly routine, but let’s begin with this short list.

  1. Pilates is a full-body exercise. It focuses on the core while training the entire body as an integrated system. The workouts include ones that improve strength and balanced muscle development, flexibility and increased range of motion.
  1. Pilates sessions are tailored to individual needs. Pilates is for everyone, including elite athletes, the injured, seniors, pregnant women and everyone in-between. There are literally hundreds of exercises and modifications for each client.
  1. It lengthens the spine and improves posture. Poor posture creates a string of structural changes throughout the body that can cause pain and imbalance in the shoulders, neck and head as well as a tilt of the pelvis or a shift of the hips adding pressure to muscles and joints. This, in turn, may cause migraines, neck, lower back, hip, knee and foot pain. For example, if the head is tilted forward 20 degrees it is forced to bear twice the weight than if it were vertical. Pilates targets the deep postural muscles creating a strong, aligned core from which to move.
  1. Pilates heals and prevents back injuries. Dr. Vijay Vad, sports medicine specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, states that in a recent study of patients with back pain, the participants that included Pilates in their exercise routine saw ”dramatic improvement” compared with those taking only pain medication. Doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists recommend Pilates exercise for most back pain. “Lasting improvements come with regular exercises that stretch and lengthen the spine, loosen up tight hip muscles and strengthen the abdominals, “ says Dr. Daniel Mazanec, Medical Director of the Cleveland Spine Institute.
  1. Muscular balance. For example, the golfer will repeatedly bend over a ball and twist in one direction. This overuse of the same muscles creates imbalance in the shoulders, neck, hips and feet, but the most vulnerable is the lumbar spine (low back).  Pilates works to restore the balance and re align the body.
  1. Core strength. If the trunk of a tree is not strong, what use are its limbs? We can train our arms and legs to be strong with weight training, but in Pilates you are never working just one muscle. Why not get more results in less time? Train your center while stretching and strengthening other muscles. This is called functional fitness.
  1. Weight loss, really! If you practice Pilates regularly, you will change your body. Pilates creates long, lean, strong muscles. Just because it is low-impact does not mean it is easy. Once you have the routine down, expect to work up a light sweat. The formula for weight loss remains the same: burn more calories than you consume. Because Pilates is a full-body exercise, it will help you do just that!
  1. Breath efficiently. Pilates will increase your lung capacity and your ribs will move more freely.
  1. Mind and body connection. Joseph Pilates was insistent that Pilates was about “the complete coordination of body, mind and spirit”. Pilates practice gives complete attention to each movement by instructing the brain to release tension, center oneself, control movement and breath with precision and flow.
  1. Improves balance and circulation. Strengthening the core and working one limb at a time will improve balance. The classic “Pilates Hundred” exercise is meant to get the blood circulating and act like a “rain shower” inside your body.

Try Pilates today! As Joseph Pilates once said, “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 2 you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body.”

5 Reason to join your local Bootcamp Fitness

We all love Bootcamp training don’t we? Not tried it? Well you should at least give it a go.

For a start, don’t be scared of its military ‘beasting’ reputation. The instructor is there to get the best out of you and help you achieve your fitness goals. It’s meant to be hard, but the instructor will not push you too far too fast. There are loads of reasons we love Bootcamp, but here are just 5 of the best:

FITNESS: If you attend your bootcamp at least twice a week we guarantee you will get fitter! The instructor will get to know what you’re capable of and will push you through to progress and build your fitness.

MOTIVATION: At a bootcamp the instructor is there to motivate you and get the best out of you. The motivation comes from the instructor, but also everyone else who will encourage and help you keep going. If you did the same workout at home you would probably start off well, but as you start to get tired you would slack off.

FRIENDS: You’ll make friends very quickly. Working out through a tough sessions help you bond through a shared experience. People that sweat together tend to become friends! And most importantly, once you get to know each other, you will have fun. A session rarely passes without some real belly laughs.

OUTDOORS: What better reason. Some won’t like the cold – who does? But the feeling you get when you’re out there, working hard can never be beaten in a studio or a gym. You have to experience this one to get what we mean.

STRESS RELIEF: We all have different types of stress and bootcamp is great at giving whatever stress you’re feeling a bit of a relief.

Give it a go and I’m sure you’ll find out we’re right. It’s a great addition to any fitness regime, whatever your goals are. Once your there, we think you might just want to keep going back for more.

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Six Fitness Classes to try this Autumn

The hot water bottle and blanket are starting to look pretty tempting as the nights draw in and the days get colder. Big jumpers, scarfs and coats are about to come out of storage and back into the wardrobe, but that’s no reason to not feel your absolute best underneath all those layers. Lean in to autumn fitness and find an exercise class near you to put some punch into your fitness regime.

Hot under the collar

If warm is what you’re after, then hot yoga has to be top of your list. Find hot yoga classes near you and you’ll be saluting the sun in around 40°C heat – beat that, summer! The heat not only makes you work that little bit harder – you can be burning calories in the thousands depending on the class – but it also helps loosen those muscles for increased flexibility.

Make a splash

Swimming outdoors: alright, this one might be a tough sell, but bear with us. With that gorgeous autumn light and a backdrop of sunset-coloured trees clinging onto the last of their leaves, swimming outside can be more of an experience than an exercise. Local outdoor pools – and there are more than you can shake your goggles at in London, as well as a handful right across the UK – regularly put on classes to help improve your technique and get you ship-shape.

You’re barred

The last time you tried ballet might have been as a kid in a shocking pink tutu, but ballet is back in a big way now and it’s all grown up. It ticks off core strength, flexibility, alignment and posture, as well as being super fun and getting you looking graceful as.

Work it

Pole dancing might conjure up images of PVC platform heels and minuscule bikinis, but pole dancing is taking the UK by storm as a major exercise class – no tiny costume required. Challenging your body to move in ways you probably wouldn’t believe it could, pole dancing or pole fitness is incredibly dynamic and it’s a bit of a laugh too.


As the name suggests, CrossFit uses a blend of techniques from aerobic exercises to weightlifting. It’s high intensity but if you want to up your strength and condition your body, this is the class for you.

Fast fitness

Insanity classes are insanely (ahem) intense. We won’t sugar coat it; the pace is strong, most classes last for around 30 minutes – but can go on for up to an hour – and you’ll be working at close to flat out doing everything from burpees to squats for longer periods and with shorter breaks. Red faces are to be expected and being sweat shy isn’t an option; but all that hard work will get you fit in no time.

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Clubbercise – nightclub dancing takes a new fitness twist

Picture club anthems turned up loud, flashing disco lights, glow sticks, and some serious adrenaline-pumping dancing. It’s new fitness craze Clubbercise which is taking the UK by storm.

If you like the idea of a workout that burns around 500 calories but feels more like a night out on the town then Clubbercise is probably right up your street. Part aerobic, part dance, it’s taught in a darkened room with disco lighting set to a soundtrack of uplifting club anthems, with anything from 90’s classics like N-Trance, Set You Free to the very latest floorfiller from David Guetta. The trademark flashing LED glow sticks are not only great fun, but as a bonus they also tone up the arms due to the full body workout that a Clubbercise class offers.

Sam Haith, 40, a Clubbercise convert from Doncaster says “I’m completely hooked! I love that it’s so carefree, nobody worries about looking silly you get such a buzz from the music and lights. It’s brilliant for me as a single mum, I get to dance to fantastic tunes, chat to interesting people, get home at a decent time and there’s no terrible hangover the next morning! My cardio fitness has really improved and I’ve toned up as well”.

Clubbercise was created in the UK by three friends who say they hate the gym but love to dance. Co-founder Claire Burlison Green explains “So many people, including ourselves, don’t go clubbing regularly but still love the music and want to keep fit so we decided to start our own Clubbercise class to see if people liked the idea. We quickly realised there was huge demand for more classes so we started running instructor training courses. We launched in early 2014 and have already trained about 250 instructors, the response has been overwhelming!”

There are hundreds of Clubbercise classes up and running throughout the UK, with new ones launching frequently. Find out more at