Jen Murphy

Smarter training could be the wave of the future. With gyms closed during the pandemic, people have embraced Zoom workouts and

focused on wide open spaces. Functional exercises to help get around in everyday life have become more relevant than vanity exercises aimed at pumping up the biceps. Today, the fitness industry is looking to come up with technologies and strategies to take healthy workouts to the next level. Here are some of the upcoming trends.

You will embrace neuromuscular training

Many people sit on a gym machine and turn on autopilot as their muscles follow a controlled motion. But in years to come, sessions like these will be supplemented with neuromuscular exercises like sideways jumping and landing on one leg, according to sports medicine experts. Neuromuscular control exercises use movement to train the brain to activate the right muscles and recruit more muscle fibers to oppose resistance in a coordinated way, whether it’s from a defensive linebacker in a football game or the a neighbour’s dog bumps into you. Now primarily used for the rehabilitation of injured professional athletes, neuromuscular training is likely to become an adjunct to strength and cardio training for aging baby boomers, says Andrew Jagim, director of sports medicine research at Mayo Clinic. Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The next wave of seniors are particularly suited for such training, he says. Many have previous injuries, multiple areas of muscle weakness or lack adequate mobility, he notes. “Targeted neuromuscular training can help them restore some of those temporary losses in motor control, the ability to properly activate a muscle group, or help improve a weak muscle group.”