2019 Fitness Trends in South Africa

A New Year brings new beginnings – it’s a time for New Year’s resolutions and to revitalise personal goals. With the strong correlation between exercise and overall wellbeing – fitness is a trend that never goes out of fashion.

We took a closer look at fitness trends for this year.

  • Wearable Fitness Tech

The fitness world has gone ‘tech-crazy’ so it is no surprise that wearable tech is the number 1 trend for 2019.

Fitness lovers are spoilt for choice with the explosion of fitness trackers, heart monitors, smartwatches and exercise apps. With all this wearable, readily accessible and mobile technology you can now keep track of your steps, your resting heart rate, your hydration levels and even how many hours you sleep.

As it grows in popularity, this technology is becoming more affordable, so you can expect an abundance of gadgets this year.

  • Buddy Training

Working out solo can be a tough pursuit- and let’s face it, it’s so much easier and fun to train with a friend.

The benefits of buddy training are enormous too.

It forces you to show up and not just stop training after 10 minutes to sneak off for that skinny latte. You can motivate each other and share your progress. Once you’ve achieved your goal, you’ll have someone to share that well-deserved latte with too!

  • HIIT

High-Intensity Interval Training is becoming a massive trend. It involves bursts of high-intensity repetition followed by short periods of rest.

People love it because it’s one of the most effective ways to lose weight and tone.

VSL Hout Bay has introduced a HIIT class called the ‘Warrior Workout.Most feared, but most rewarding this class incorporates a variation of HIIT cardio moves, ropes, tires and dumbbells, in a rotatory workout system. A jog outside by the ocean breeze and beautiful mountains is also part of it.

Besides burning a ton of calories without losing muscle mass, there are a myriad of other benefits to HIIT workouts.  Read more here.

4.  Ballet RIP for fitness  

Another popular exercise trend is the fusion of cardiovascular exercise with other disciplines like ballet.

Ballet RIP is a fitness model based on the principles of the classical dance without the barre. 

For Ballet RIP, you step away from the barre and engage your core to stabilise and execute each movement correctly; this popular form of ‘dancercise’ deconstructs the complex choreography of ballet into a fun, doable and effective sequence of movements. It is detail orientated and great for postural alignment. 

Read more about the history and its benefits here.

5. Secret Sunrise

Secret Sunrises was conceived in Zambia, and it has grown into a global movement.

The element of a surprise destination blended with the beauty of a spectacular dawn in Africa has rapidly grown in popularity. This trend is about waking up at the crack of dawn, discover the destination, connecting to others via wireless headphones.

Tune into the music while you connect with nature and yourself.

South Africa has a bounty of natural beauty and regular sunshine on tap, so this is a trend set to take off.


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6. Power Yoga

Yoga is nothing new in the West – it was adapted from the East already some time ago. There are many types of traditional and fusion yoga practises, wildly spread across the country.

This year we’ll see more fusion yoga programmes on offer.

The traditional form of yoga will be blended with bodybuilding movements for a more intense workout. Bikram yoga, performed in a heated environment, has also gained popularity in the last few year -this type of yoga is designed to ramp up the intensity of the workout and promotes extra agility. 

At Velocity Sports Lab Hout Bay we have introduced Budokon Yoga. An intelligently assembled sequence of slow and controlled movements designed to improve mobility, agility, flexibility and strength. These classes combines elements of Martial Arts, strength training and cardio fitness with traditional the ‘Yoga Flow’.

Try out one of our yoga classes – check out your local VSL’s schedule for all our CALM classes.

7. Meditation

Have you noticed the proliferation of meditation apps lately?  Stress is one of the biggest killers of our decade, so justifiably, society is becoming more and more involved with stress management techniques.

Meditation has positive effects both on the mind and the body. There’s another good reason meditation works so harmoniously with exercise: when we workout our body releases cortisol. A post-workout meditation is becoming a more common recovery technique as it lowers serum cortisol level – therefore, it may lower your stress levels, and the risk of imbalances and diseases that derive from stress, such as peptic ulcers, migraines and psychiatric problems.

8. Sleep Glorious Sleep

Never underestimate the value of sleep. Studies have shown that exercise improves sleep quality.

The beauty of sleep is that this principle also works in reverse: better sleep also equates to a better workout and a healthier physique. For both stress and holistic purposes, it’s more important than ever to get your eight hours of quality rest in. 

Ultimately, modern workouts are just getting better and better! With more customisation, new tech, and everything fusion, workout have become more accessible and fun for everyone. 

Book your classes for 2019 at VSL Hout Bay or VSL Hilton and be the best you can be this year.

“Everything you want is outside of your comfort zone” – Life Motto for Matthew Altern – Personal Trainer at Velocity Sports Lab, Hout Bay.

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