Gold’s Gym co-founder decodes fitness trends for 2020: HIIT will be big, wearable tech to get a boost

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It’s safe to say that Karan Valecha knows a thing or two about fitness trends. While the co-founder of Gold’s Gym India is a complete water baby and loves to scuba dive in Maldives when he has the chance, when it comes to everyday fitness, it’s HIIT for him.

In fact, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a form of exercise that really took off a few years ago and it looks like it’s here to stay. With some modifications.

Valecha says, “Group HIIT workouts are going to be a big trend in the new year.” Apart from that, Valecha also says that wearable tech with a fitness angle is going to get an even bigger boost in 2020.

​Because it makes your body get into an anaerobic zone, HIIT workout is good for the heart.​
Because it makes your body get into an anaerobic zone, HIIT workout is good for the heart. (Representative image)

Mind matters
Stress and health is also a connection that people and fitness centres will still focus on in the new year, thanks to our awareness on holistic fitness and not just physical fitness. Valecha says that this mindset will be taken forward as well. “In 2020, I think we will see more of a balanced mindset towards fitness and wellness. There will be more movement, eating better, pause and mindfulness and most important good sleep to regenerate.” And one thing that Valecha says needs to be done away with is extreme dieting.

BOX: What is HIIT?
This workout includes intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or complete rest. A good example is running as fast as you can for 1 minute and then walking for 2 minutes.

Benefits of HIIT
· The workouts are usually short which means it’s great for those strapped for time.
· Because it makes your body get into an anaerobic zone, HIIT workout is good for the heart.
· The workout uses your own body weight which means there is no equipment involved, making HIIT an anytime, anyplace workout.
· With HIIT you lose weight – not muscle.

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