Four Fitness Trends for Summer 2017, According to Julia Buckley

Four Fitness Trends for Summer 2017, According to Julia Buckley
Following on from Dr Sally's look back at 2016's fitness trends, online personal trainer Julia Buckley tell us which four fitness trends she expects we'll see this summer. I really hope these predictions come true, as we certainly need a shake up of the fitness industry landscape. 

1. Real life fitness 

The recent proliferation of fitness-related social media accounts has created a gap between what people see online and the everyday reality of simply maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Professionally shot and edited images of models, celebrities and even their meals creates a false impression of effortless perfection. Under the guise of #fitspiration, these posts are merely self-promotion with the additional negative effect of intimidating and deterring those seeking to make positive changes to their lifestyle. 

“We need to put a lid on the current trend for perfection. Like most people, I enjoy images of colourful smoothie bowls sprinkled with flower petals, or I-just-woke-up-accidentally-looking-gorgeous portraits.

“However, as a professional in the fitness industry, I see these images as entertainment. But many people take them seriously and end up feeling depressed about their lives,” says online trainer Julia Buckley.

“Of course, I also have to make my social media interesting, so I can’t post images every day of me sitting at the computer with the cat on my lap. But to make a point, I post reality-check pictures as often as possible. Recently it was a shot of a very normal plate of scrambled eggs, spinach and tomatoes. A healthy breakfast doesn't have to mean chia seed mousse and fresh juice served in a jar.

“Keep it simple, take care of your body, eat natural, wholesome foods. Enjoy moving around, and appreciate the health you have. That’s the simple route to a healthy and happy life that the fitness industry should embrace and promote in 2017,” adds Buckley.

2. Simple workouts 

Disillusioned with complicated training protocols and classes requiring special equipment or outfits, people are increasingly aware that to get in shape they simply have to move. In 2017, simplicity will be a key trend.

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Bodyweight exercises (callisthenics) have been steadily growing in popularity, as has strength training with free weights. In 2017, both of these timeless conditioning methods - traditionally marketed at men - are more likely to be enjoyed by women of all ages.

“People are waking up to a more balanced approach to fitness,”, explains Julia Buckley. “They want to be able to workout anywhere, anytime. Fitness needs to fit with their lives and not the other way round.

“Most people limit themselves to repetitive cardio workouts, but the truth is that to achieve a lean, strong and athletic body, it’s not enough. Plus, it’s boring! Adding variety by mixing it up with strength-based exercise keeps the motivation high and brings results.

“What most people don’t know is that effective training can be done with practically no equipment. You don't need anything fancy for push-ups. And if you don’t have dumbbells, water-filled bottles or a heavy bag will do.”

3. Wellness on the Web 

Technology is present in every facet of our lives, and with millions of people enjoying on-demand TV, similar accessibility is becoming a new standard in fitness.

With many clients reporting that work and family obligations prevent them from going to the gym, working out at home is the answer to their increasingly busy lifestyles.

“In 2017 you don’t need to go anywhere to get fit. There are a ton of options available to those wanting to squeeze in a quick training session before or after work.”

Staying active and monitoring your progress is now made easier than ever thanks to mobile apps, wearable gadgets, and online training. You can stream sessions on-demand or live, and you can stay in touch with a fitness professional to guide you.

“Virtual gyms offer hundreds of workout videos and detailed training programs, as well as access to a supportive community. I’m always there for my clients to ask me anything, or simply get a little support when their motivation runs low.”

“The internet offers amazing opportunities, so instead of focusing on the bad, why not make the most of the good?”
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4. Responsible Weight Loss 

With weight loss still topping the lists of New Year’s resolutions, it is consistently a very important driver behind people’s interest in fitness. However, as more and more attention was drawn to the potentially dangerous effects of negative body image, in recent years many people felt somewhat uneasy about weight loss.

“For a while it wasn’t in fashion to exercise for weight loss. You definitely heard of the ‘strong is the new skinny’ trend. Being strong is of course awesome, but we shouldn’t just ignore the issue of obesity. In 2017 people are facing the reality that carrying excess fat is simply not good for the body,” said Buckley candidly.

“I’m not saying everybody has to run themselves into the ground until they look like an airbrushed model. That’s just not realistic! Bodies are meant to come in different shapes and sizes, especially given that we all change with age. My philosophy is to move your body because you love it - not because you hate it!”

More and more people realise that staying active is not about conforming with fashion trends, but about physical and mental health. Physical activity counterbalances the effects our sedentary lifestyles. In 2017 we will see more employers encouraging their workforce to stay active.

“Body and mind are a single unit. Well balanced training fires up multiple muscle chains, burns fat, releases endorphins, and builds true athletic strength and control. It makes you feel fantastic, and that feeling should be available to everybody.

“As a fitness professional I see it as my responsibility to present the public with realistic, easy-to-follow fitness options. It doesn’t have to be all about busting out complex yoga poses on a beach, wearing designer leggings, as the sun sets over the sea.”

“Strong, lean, energised bodies and calm, clear, confident minds can be achieved by real people, leading real lives. Being fit feels amazing and enhances all aspects of our lives – no Instagram filter needed.”

Julia Buckley discusses 'Instagram fitness' further on one of her motivational Kitchen Table Talks in her online gym. These talks are so worth a watch! 

About Julia Buckley 
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Based in London, Julia Buckley is one of Britain's top fitness trainers, transforming bodies across the world. Previously a renowned journalist, Julia is the author of the best-selling book and a 12-week training program, The Fat Burn Revolution (Bloomsbury). She has been featured in The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post UK, Evening Standard, ITV This Morning, and many others. 

Julia Buckley Fitness Online Gym 

The Julia Buckley Fitness Online Gym is an inclusive virtual space inviting everybody to make healthy changes to their lifestyle. Offering exclusive fitness courses, a supportive community, pep-talks and Q&A sessions with Julia, as well as direct coaching in a private forum, The Julia Buckley Fitness Online Gym is everything you need to get into the shape of your life.  

You can join Julia Buckley's online gym by signing up here for FREE! I've also written a full review of the JuliaBFit Online Gym.

Be sure to check out my review Julia's book The Fat Burn Revolution and eBook, Ignite: 4 Weeks to a Leaner, Faster and Hotter BodyYou can also check out her three guest posts for BTBS:

Julia Buckley's 'No Shizzle, Just Sizzle' Tips for Burning Body Fat

Julia Buckley's Take on #ThisGirlCan 

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