Mar 14, 2024 - News

Pilates, yoga and low-impact workouts are having a moment

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We're no longer in the heyday of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and CrossFit. Now, low-impact workouts 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.

The big picture: The surge in interest in workouts like Pilates and yoga has to do with a workout mindset shift, writes Axios' Carly Mallenbaum.

  • 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.

By the numbers: Pilates was the most popular ClassPass workout of 2023, with booking reservations up 92% from 2022, according to data shared with Axios.

  • Locally, that figure doubled and Pilates-based [solidcore] was the top booked studio among Indy ClassPass users.
  • Yoga classes were the second most popular booking.

What they're saying: "It's about the lifelong exercise experience versus the acute exercise experience," said Tyler Shorter, senior general manager for Yoga Six Indy.

  • The popular boutique fitness studio has locations in downtown, Carmel and another opening this fall in Fishers.
  • "People are starting to move toward a more conscious way of living, more conscious of what they eat, drink, how they breathe, things they do. It's more of a mental health focus post-COVID."

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


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