It’s been a while since I posted anything on this blog but it’s about time. And as we enter an new era of the technology era, I think it’s time. Plus everybody loves those end of the year prediction posts (eyes roll).
As we approach the end of 2022, it’s natural to start thinking about what the next year might bring in terms of fitness and bodybuilding trends. While it’s difficult to say for certain what the future holds, there are a few predictions that we can make based on current trends and developments in the industry. Here are my top 12 fitness and bodybuilding predictions for 2023:
- Virtual fitness classes will continue to thrive: With the ongoing pandemic, it’s likely that many people will continue to prefer virtual fitness classes over in-person ones. Look for more options to become available, including live streaming and pre-recorded classes.
- At-home workouts will continue to be popular: Along the same lines, many people have discovered the convenience of working out at home, and it’s likely that this trend will continue in 2023. Expect to see more home gym equipment and streaming workout programs becoming available.
- Wearable technology will become even more advanced: Fitness tracker and smartwatch technology is already quite advanced, but it’s likely to get even better in the next year. Look for more sophisticated tracking capabilities and new features such as virtual coaching and personalized workout plans.
- Bodyweight training will continue to gain popularity: Simple, effective bodyweight exercises like push-ups, squats, and lunges have been popular for a while, and that trend is likely to continue. Expect to see more bodyweight workouts and equipment designed to help people get a full-body workout using their own body weight.
- High-intensity interval training (HIIT) will remain popular: This type of workout, which involves short bursts of intense exercise followed by periods of rest, has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s likely to continue to be a mainstay in 2023.
- The importance of recovery and self-care will be emphasized: With the increasing emphasis on high-intensity workouts and the potential for overtraining, it’s likely that the importance of recovery and self-care will be emphasized in the coming year. Expect to see more products and techniques designed to help people recover from workouts and prevent injury.
- The popularity of plant-based diets will continue to grow: Many people have embraced plant-based diets in recent years, and that trend is likely to continue in 2023. Expect to see more plant-based protein powders, meal replacement shakes, and other products designed for people following a vegan or vegetarian diet.
- Functional fitness will continue to be popular: This type of training, which focuses on exercises that mimic everyday movements, has been popular for a while, and it’s likely to continue to be so in the coming year. Expect to see more functional fitness equipment and workouts designed to improve balance, coordination, and flexibility.
- The popularity of boutique fitness studios will continue to grow: These smaller, more specialized studios, which offer a variety of unique workouts, have become increasingly popular in recent years, and that trend is likely to continue in 2023.
- Group fitness classes will continue to evolve: Group fitness classes have come a long way in recent years, and that trend is likely to continue in 2023. Expect to see more classes that use technology to enhance the experience, such as virtual reality and interactive screens.
- Personalized nutrition plans will become more widely available: With the increasing focus on personalized wellness, it’s likely that more people will be looking for personalized nutrition plans in the coming year. Expect to see more services that offer tailored meal plans and nutrition coaching.
- The use of technology to track and monitor workouts will increase: With the growing popularity of fitness tracker apps and wearable technology, it’s likely that more people will continue to buy wearable trackers and know more about their health than ever before.
- The popularity of outdoor workouts will continue to grow: With the ongoing pandemic and the increasing emphasis on the importance of getting outside, it’s likely that more people will be looking for ways to work out in the great outdoors. Expect to see more outdoor group fitness classes, trail runs, and other nature-based workouts.
- More people will turn to online coaching and personal training: With the continued popularity of virtual fitness classes, it’s likely that more people will also turn to online coaching and personal training for more personalized attention and guidance. Look for more options to become available in the coming year.
- The use of virtual reality in fitness will increase: Virtual reality technology has already been used in some fitness settings, and it’s likely that its use will become more widespread in 2023. Expect to see more virtual reality workouts, as well as the use of VR technology to enhance other types of workouts.
Aa 2023 approaches I’m excited to say that Artificial Intelligence might be more of a reality than anybody gives it credit. And while we think it’s all about programming, and technology.. if you haven’t heard of Chat GPT you might want to head over to OpenAI and check it out. You will need an account to try this out.
There’s way too much to descibe here but one person used it to create very custom meal plans based on the total number of calories, low carb, high protein and how many meals and snacks per day. Then revised it to remove any allergies or things they didn’t like. Once they had it right they ask for a grocery list for 2. It created that on the fly as well.
The possibilities are endless and extremely exciting. Will you create your own custom meal plans? How about workouts that avoid exercises or equipment you don’t have? Maybe it will make a stretching program. Take a recipe, and then ask it to make the quanties enough for 8 people and within about 3 seconds, you have a modified receipe for 8. If you haven’t tried it you should.
The image used here was by Stable Diffusion.
As we look ahead to the new year, it’s exciting to think about all the ways that the fitness and bodybuilding industry might continue to evolve. What do you think the top trends of 2023 will be? Share your predictions in the comments below!