A new year, a new decade, and a new you. That’s the ideal, the dream, but the reality can often diverge. That gym membership doesn’t quite see the action you’d intended, those new running shoes gather dust, and all too often it’s back to square one. 

In 2020, then, expect to see Brits considering new and exciting ways to freshen up their fitness regime, in order to inject new life into things and to keep the motivation going far beyond the end of January. Here, we’ve teamed up with Steven Virtue, Fitness Experience Manager at Total Fitness, the North’s leading mid-market health club, to bring you these; our 5 IDEAL New Year fitness trends for the new you.


One of the fastest-growing trends to hit the UK over the last few years is HIIT training, with fitness experts including The Body Coach regularly sharing exercise routines focused on this method. The programming developed within the HIIT concept is becoming more comprehensive and is set to make an even bigger impact in 2020. For those who enjoy an intense method of training which burns fat quickly, Les Mills GRIT, Les Mills SPRINT, Insanity and Synrgy 360 Rig classes are a great place to start, all centred around cutting edge results. 


Fitness apps are becoming a popular training tool for gym-goers at all levels, as they have been specifically designed to make the fitness experience easier. Users can do all sorts, including book classes, monitor workouts and gain specific advice and guidance to help achieve their goals using app technology. 

This decade’s ever increasing digital omnipotence will see even more prevalence of fitness apps, covering topics from training, nutrition, lifestyle and more. The apps are easily accessible to anyone with a smartphone and are ideal for those who need some guidance, inspiration and motivation as we enter the new year. With a wide range of exercise videos, workout tips and supporting information available, there’s something out there in the online world to support everyone’s fitness routine. 


There are more and more operators offering the Express Les Mills Classes as a quick and intense training option for gym-goers. This is a 30 or 45-minute variant of class disciplines such as Body Combat, Body Pump, RPM and Body Balance, and is expected to grow in popularity next year. The class runs the same focus on cardio, body tone and strengthening, but removes any lower intensity tracks, so members still get an effective workout in half the time. This training class is great for those who are limited on time but still want to gain an intense, full-body workout.



Virtual classes were extremely popular in 2019, with the virtual concept is set to develop even further this decade. Equipment manufacturers are developing more equipment which has built-in virtual training concepts, including x-trainers, treadmills and indoor cycles, which are all set to be big in 2020. 

Total Fitness itself has a Life Fitness Treadmill Run Social which immerses users in the ultimate, virtual running experience allowing them to remotely run alongside a partner – great for those who need a further injection of motivation. Machine-based training can often become tedious, so by including a virtual element into the equipment, the user receives an assisted approach to their exercise training and stay focused. 


Growing demand and improvements in materials means that Functional Training Rigs are becoming more accessible for 2020 with improved designs to meet the training needs of its user. Available in a range of sizes, Functional Training Rigs bring together a variety of exercises and allow the user to weight train, bodyweight train and stretch all in one space. These rigs are hugely practical as they offer a full functional training experience, like our Life Fitness Synergy360 rig which has been designed for everyone. Rigs are becoming more affordable for people to use at home, so it’s easier to continue exercising between gym sessions.  

“Consumers can expect to see a broad range of fitness trends set to make their mark in the industry next year. This is the time for people to start a new fitness journey or assess their existing training, so they can identify what trends are most suitable for them and implement this into their 2020 routine.”

Total Fitness is the leading mid-market health club in the north and provides more ways to get fit, stay in shape, and more support to keep members focused. With 17 health clubs across the North of England and Wales, Total Fitness provides a full-service fitness offering; guided by knowledgeable and supportive fitness teams, the brand works hard to meet the individual needs of its members.