Here are 5 fitness trends that'll be big in Tampa Bay in 2019

Some old, some new — and some hybrids of the two.

click to enlarge Local fitness trends in 2019 include old favorites, like personal training, mixed with some new ones. - PHOTO BY BRUCE MARS ON UNSPLASH
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Local fitness trends in 2019 include old favorites, like personal training, mixed with some new ones.

How will we stay fit in Tampa Bay next year? Unlike fads — we're looking at you, kale smoothies — the following fitness trends are predicted (according to Crunch Fitness) to hit big from Allendale to Ybor City, and they'll help you keep your New Year's resolution.

Here they are, along with some of the CL staff's favorite places to try them.

click to enlarge HIIT hybrid training should come to town this year. It's like yoga and CrossFit had a baby. - PHOTO BY CHASE KINNEY ON UNSPLASH
Photo by Chase Kinney on Unsplash
HIIT hybrid training should come to town this year. It's like yoga and CrossFit had a baby.

1. HIIT hybrids
The acronym for High Intensity Interval Training looks funny, but HIIT's been around for a while. No shocker, then, that we're now seeing HIIT hybrid classes (so, uh, HIITH?). Think HIIT yoga and barre. Also, the class lengths should shorten — look for compact HIIT workouts running no more than 30 minutes. 

Where we go: Marketing, Promotion and Events Director Alexis Chamberlain loves the workouts at VKNG Fitness in Hyde Park.

The group class returns, sans this attire. Although, fanny packs are back, so you never really know. - MYSELF [CC BY-SA 2.5 (HTTPS://CREATIVECOMMONS.ORG/LICENSES/BY-SA/2.5)], FROM WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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The group class returns, sans this attire. Although, fanny packs are back, so you never really know.

2. Exercise classes
Once upon a leotard, this meant two things: jazzercise or aerobics. There were wristbands and headbands and... well, it wasn't really a good look for most of us. But fitness, like humans and that leftover Thanksgiving green bean casserole in your fridge, evolves, and in 2019, "group training" will expand. We'll see more — not less — kickboxing, Zumba, yoga, barre and spin classes.

Where we go: Food & Drink Editor Meaghan Habuda swears by Tampa's SoHo Cycling, while Alexis also loves VKNG Fitness for rowing.

click to enlarge Steam rooms and self-care are gonna get even bigly-er around town. - PHOTO BY ACTIONVANCE ON UNSPLASH
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Steam rooms and self-care are gonna get even bigly-er around town.

3. Recovery
This sounds so heavenly it must not be good for us — but oh, man, is it ever. In America, we've starting to move toward something a lot of other countries already know: Fitness is a whole-body and a whole-soul experience. So, while foam rolling is all the rage right now, expect a greater focus on sleep, IR saunas, steam and float tanks.

Where we go: When she can, A&E Editor Cathy Salustri's partial to the Turkish steam room at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa and the steam room at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. Music Editor Ray Roa lets go of his stress at Tampa Floats.

click to enlarge Mindfulness gets integrated into fitness in 2019, experts predict. - PHOTO BY THOUGHT CATALOG ON UNSPLASH
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Mindfulness gets integrated into fitness in 2019, experts predict.

4. Train yo' brain
Just be, right? On my desk is an iPhone and two MacBooks. I have a notebook next to me, and my brain's spinning with a list of things to do as I jump between three browser windows.

Sound familiar? Maybe that's why the concept of mindfulness has so much traction. In the coming year, we'll hear more about mindfulness while we're working out, something that won't be only for yogis anymore. Of course, yoga's always a great place to start. If you set an intention at the start of your yoga practice, and you practice regularly, it isn't too hard to set an intention before you go for a run or spin class.

Where we go: Cathy uses Headspace, which recently partnered with Nike for mindful running, and she also goes to St. Petersburg's Body Electric Yoga CompanyMarketing Coordinator & CL Space Venue Manager Kristin Bowman frequents Yoga Loft in Ybor.

click to enlarge Local fitness trends in 2019 include old favorites, like personal training, mixed with some new ones. - PHOTO BY BRUCE MARS ON UNSPLASH
Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash
Local fitness trends in 2019 include old favorites, like personal training, mixed with some new ones.

5. Go with the pros
Certified fitness trainers aren't new — and every gym has them. And if you're really not sure where to start, this may be the way to go. Or, you know, if you won't work out to your fullest unless someone's screaming at you for just one more push-up. Apparently, this is a trend on the rise (not the yelling — most personal trainers aren't that hardcore).

Where we go: No one at CL uses a personal trainer, but we've seen them in action. Our choices include Fit For Life in St. Pete Beach and the Gills family at St. Pete's YMCA. Alexis loves the small-group fitness training at VKNG, too.


CL's "amateur athlete" Resie Waechter tries new trends, like floating, as they come her way. Sign up for Creative Loafing's weekly Do This newsletter to read all about her adventures.

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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