What fitness looks like in 2020
Sleep–the final frontier
We all know the importance of sleep and recovery for performance levels. With an emphasis on how important a good’s night shut eye is, places like the Equinox Hotel are looking to push the envelop by offering soundproofed and climate-controlled rooms that are devoid of ambient light to ensure that sleep conditions are as close to perfect as possible. Such is the success in its New York hotel that two more properties are scheduled for Seattle and Los Angeles, the latter designed by Frank Gehry. In London, Equinox Kensington offers actual sleep coaching lesson using medically approved methods.
The mind gym
Creating spaces that cater for both physical and mental wellbeing has been a key focus in fitness for a while now, with more and more gyms offering guided meditation in purpose-built quiet rooms to help members relax and recover.
The niche fitness retreat
Dedicating a week of valuable holiday time to health and fitness is a growing trend, focusing on specialist skills and themes to make real progress in a short time. As an example, Anthony Joshua’s specialist boxing gym BXR will partner with Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas to open its first fitness retreat on Crete, giving guests the chance to hone skills and build stamina in ways that are approved by the Heavyweight champ. There will be eight week-long retreats throughout the year with the opportunity to work with trainers on bespoke programmes.
As the mental side of health increasingly attracts attention, so the mood-lifting benefits of exercise are becoming more tailored. Many Spinning work outs are now being geared towards elevating mood and supporting mental well-being through a rush of endorphins, addictive beats and a high-energy environment.
Holistic fitness classes
The goal of most gym-goers is to be well-rounded, building strength and flexibility in equal measure. You will likely see many gyms offering drill-based repetition classes to help people achieve progressive and sustainable improvements. Whether you can’t touch your toes or want to get stronger, they will work on weaknesses to get you back in balance.