Mar 11, 2024 - News

How we work out now

A person practicing core movement.

A Solidcore enthusiast. Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

We're no longer in the heyday of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and CrossFit. Now, low-impact workouts — and particularly Pilates — are all the rage for American adults.

Why it matters: As longevity becomes a primary health focus, a growing number of exercisers are opting for movements that advance their day-to-day functioning and better protect them from injury, writes Axios' Carly Mallenbaum.

By the numbers: In Austin, Pilates ClassPass bookings increased 72.36% in 2023, compared to 2022, according to data shared with Axios.

  • The most popular Pilates class on the fitness booking platform was Solidcore, a workout that uses slow and deliberate movements to toughen your abdomen.
  • "With the lights down and music up, you'll find a stronger version of yourself by the first song change," reads a description of the class at Domain Northside.

The big picture: The surge in interest in workouts like Pilates has to do with a workout mindset shift.

  • Almost 29% of consumers say they exercise for a long and healthy life, compared to 20% the year before, according to survey data from exercise platform Mindbody.
  • And more than one-third of Americans say they prefer low-intensity training exclusively, according to Mindbody.

What we're watching: "Functional fitness" is the workout buzzword of the moment.

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