The face of fitness has evolved. Living in a post-pandemic, technologically modern age has given us the ability to effortlessly tap into the multifaceted aspects of fitness.
Before we can truly understand what the future of fitness looks like, we need to look at the current state of the fitness industry and then define the parameters by exploring the meaning of fitness and considering what the term “future” represents.
Where we've come from
The fitness industry has always been a rapidly evolving entity, having to continuously adapt to changes presented to it by the needs of individuals who on a daily basis identify and set higher goals for their lifestyles based on the increasing pace of society. However, this all came to a sudden pause once we were faced with a global pandemic. Most brick-and-mortar gyms stood empty, and some did not survive the sudden dip in attendance, but this also presented a unique opportunity which some gym companies capitalised on by developing and presenting online workouts to the public who were stranded at home.
Fast forward to today where a lot of people work from home, sitting for extended periods of time but also exercise at home using equipment that now employs the technology that was developed when we could go nowhere. Technology that has built-in tutorials and workout routines accessible at the push of a button. The only missing factor in this equation is that there is no physical, human interaction when choosing this as your new normal. It unfortunately comes with vitally unavoidable limitations.
When you consider the definition of fitness as one’s ability to execute daily activities with optimal performance, endurance and strength with the management of disease, fatigue, and stress, would you not question the true effectiveness of modern home-only workouts?
It is hard to believe that world class athletes, soccer, rugby and cricket players, marathon runners and rowers confine themselves to their garage while preparing to compete. They also do not use a single piece of equipment in their training routines, as there is a need for multiple specialised pieces of equipment to stimulate cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition and flexibility.
Where we're going
It is with all this knowledge and perspective that the future of fitness can be evaluated more accurately. There are no objections to working out at home, in fact it is recommended to be consistent, especially with time becoming an increasingly rare commodity to us all, however, the benefits to working out in a gym facility have become invaluable through access to diverse technologically advanced gym equipment across disciplines, the support offered from fitness professionals through one-to-one engagement and being able to motivate yourself and a training buddy through your fitness journey.
When one thinks about the word “future”, it often translates into something reminiscent of science fiction, but when you combine that mindset with the word “fitness”, what do you picture?
Imagine a world where your wearable technology is built into your gym gear and not only your “wearable” watch. Imagine a world where not only does your wearable technology record your movements, but it can also identify health risks and alert you while you are training. Does this seem a little far-fetched? Shockingly, it is not, it is currently in early phases of development.
Wearable smart garments are without a doubt a subject of great interest and controversy. It should be very clear that the future of fitness is a personalised approach and lies deeply seeded within our own perception of achieving the fitness lifestyle we desire, whilst maintaining our vast amount of personal and professional priorities, complimented by an invisible fitness partner that keeps track of our physically exerting activities as we go about our daily routines.
We have all struggled through an event that touched everyone on a global scale. We did our best to maintain a lifestyle as healthy as we were able to, through what we had access to, but the time has come for us to shift our dependency onto the professionals who have our best interest at heart in this regard. We are talking about the fitness facilities that took the initiative to evolve alongside us while facing industry-crippling odds. We are talking about fitness facilities like Body Action Gym.
It is easy to find a gym that promises to give you all the tools you need to stay at the top of your game, but what we truly need from a fitness partner is the assurance that they will provide not only the tools, but the complimenting expertise and support to guide us while we strive to turn our fitness goals into our daily reality.
Fitness for the future, or more so, fitness for your future is attainable right now. Through our partnerships with Technogym and Les Mills International, we offer the widest range of specialised and technologically advanced equipment as well as cutting-edge group classes. Every aspect of our facility is specifically geared toward giving you exactly what you need as an enthusiast, athlete or fitness professional all under one roof, with the added benefit of tracking all of your workouts in statistical breakdown format via our MyWellness application. If you were looking for a partner that embraced fitness for the future, you found us.