Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2019 – How to Find the Right Class for You

How to Find the Perfect Class for You?

How often have you gone to a class only to feel that you couldn’t ‘do’ it, or you didn’t ‘like’ it?

Many people fail to realise that whether you ‘like’ the class or whether you can ‘do’ it often is due to the class or the teacher not being the right fit for you and where you are at at the present time.  It’s easy to say “I don’t like Nordic Walking” or I don’t feel the benefit of functional exercise classes  blaming it on the ‘type’ of class.  And if this is the case, you will lose out on what should be an amazing experience which improves the quality of your life.

A class can vary according to the qualifications, experience and passion that a teacher brings to the class.  Often people choose to be a ‘Fitness Instructor’, a ‘Nordic Walking’ Instructor, ‘Pilates Teacher’ or any other type of exercise instructor simply as a job where their soul purpose is to ‘get paid to workout’ and/or just pay the bills. One can often see an instructor finish his/her session by lighting up a cigarette!

Never be shy about asking the class instructor about his/her qualifications and always meet them prior to joining the class to see if they care about you as a person and not just as a number added to their business.

Outdoor Activity is a growing fitness trend coming in at No 17 of The Top 20 Fitness Trends of 2019, where exercising – or just being – in nature and out in the fresh air is recognised as having a very beneficial effect on stress levels, depression, confidence and brain health…in addition to all the fitness and weight loss benefits.  SW Manchester Nordic Walking runs Nordic WalkingTaster sessions, courses and regular walks at various levels and on different times and days.

Nordic Walking, using special Nordic Walking poles, enables you to get a whole body workout.  By activating the muscles of the upper body, this functional activity results in greater strength gains, a greater increase in general fitness and also greater calorie burning!  (That means faster weight (fat) loss than regular walking!).  If you would like more information about Nordic Walking visit, call Anita on 07598 12918 or fill in a Contact Form here.



Staying on top of your health, fitness and wellbeing takes more than one type of exercise.  Nordic Walking provides mainly a cardiovascular workout, plus a certain amount of strength and endurance training.

Depending upon your gender, age and lifestyle you may require to add further strength training to your exercise routine, as well as additional core strengthening, mobility and flexibility.

It is interesting to take a look at The Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2019 to see what is popular and this also means that people attending these classes are getting the results they want.

A variety of other forms of exercise class featured in The Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2019 are offered at The Sale Functional Pilates Studio by Anita Lobban, Owner, Manager and Top Instructor.

Before joining any of the classes there you will need to have a Discovery Session with Anita, to ensure that you are a good fit for her programmes and also for you to discover whether she is a right fit for you.  A true fitness professional/trainer is not able to meet the needs of everyone in a safe, effective and fun manner and usually promotes their programmes to a small sector only i.e. new Mums, Older Adults, men, 80+, etc., where each group has their own individual abilities and needs.

At The Functional Pilates Studio in Sale, all of the classes offered feature in the Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2019.  This is NOT a coincidence!  As a small business owner, Anita is able to move with the needs of her clients.  She keep up to date with the ins and outs of the health, fitness and wellbeing industry and keeps her ear to the ground:  she will listen to what you want and give you what you want AND need;  she monitors clients on a regular basis and makes sure that they benefit and enjoy their time spent with her.

At her studio in Sale Moor, Anita offers a variety of programmes that are currently very popular, extremely beneficial and a load of fun for Women who are 45-65+ and these classes/programmes just happen to be listed in The Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2019! (Anita also accepts men on a Personal Training basis).

It is no coincidence that Anita is able to adapt to the top trends as she has over 30 years experience in health, fitness and wellbeing.  Starting out with training as a Fitness Specialist and Group Exercise Instructor at the famous Kenneth Cooper Institute of Aerobic Research in Dallas, Texas, being an International Presenter for Reebok Middle East, as well as turning her passion for exercise to every new fitness trend that appeared from Steps, Aerobics and Body Training Systems (e.g. Body Pump) to Weight Management, Lifestyle Coaching and Aqua, Pilates and Tai Chi.  Now, she has the ability and expertise to extract the elements that will benefit her clients and personalise exercises to ensure that the exercises are safe, effective, functional and fun.

No 4 in The Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2019 is ‘Fitness Programs for Older Adults‘ and this is definitely what is offered both at SW Manchester Nordic Walking and at the Sale Functional Pilates Studio where the average age of clients is 58.  Being in her 60’s herself, Anita knows what it is like to suddenly find yourself past the middle of your life when some activities start getting a little harder and perhaps our exercise routines and diets need tweaking a bit to cater for changes – mental and physical.

With ageing,  our priorities, attitudes, preferences and ideas change.  Life is no longer a rehearsal – it’s time to know exactly who you are, what you want, what you deserve and what you need to know and do NOW in order to make the most of those precious years remaining.  When you are younger – even through our 50’s – it feels that life will go on for ever yet somehow, after we turn 60 we suddenly become very much aware of just how fleeting life really is!

Personal Training comes in at No 8 on the Fitness Trends list and will always be the gold standard of getting the best results possible…..although perhaps not always as much fun as Small Group Training which continues to be in the top 20 trends for this year.  PT offers clients not just the extra element of personal coaching but also greater flexibility of timings and choice of day and therefore ideal for the busy professional woman trying to fit everything in to a tight and busy schedule or those who want and/or need greater accountability and supervision.

Small Group Training  is the most popular type of training that is offered by both SW Manchester Nordic Walking and at The Sale Functional Pilates Studio as it gives almost as good results as Personal Training but at 1/3 of the cost.  With  just a small number of people in a class this training modality offers plenty of instructor to student teaching and interaction, as well as support and camaraderie from fellow members.

Another type of class – which comes in at No 20 on the Top Fitness Trends for 2019 – is Post-Rehabilitation Classes.  Nordic Walking Wellbeing Walks and specific indoor rehab classes are a must once you have been signed off by the Physiotherapist for whatever biomechanical issue you have been undergoing.  So often the Physio sends you home with a list of exercises you need to do in order to make full – or the best possible – recovery and you do not remember exactly how to do them. Exercises done incorrectly are better not done at all!

Anita is qualified in back pain and has experience in treating clients who have had a hip or knee replacement. She also has first hand experience of broken bones!  She broke her right arm whilst snowboarding in 2014 and her left leg/ankle in 2016 whilst trekking the Tour de Mont Blanc!

Sometimes we suffer acute injury (as happened in Anita’s case) but most often biomechanical issues in the body are due to chronic injury.  That means that they happen overtime usually through incorrect movement patterns, imbalances caused by sports, poor exercise technique or poor posture.

You can avoid chronic biomechanical injury by preventative exercises i.e. keeping yourself strong and flexible on a regular basis.  Don’t wait until something goes wrong!  Do specific exercises TODAY to prevent what may happen you tomorrow!

Finally, do make sure that your prospective instructor/trainer/teacher is a good role model and that he/she practises what he/she preaches!

At both SW Manchester Nordic Walking and at The Sale Functional Pilates Studio, Anita not only draws upon her studies and client experience, but also upon her own real life experience.  She has always looked at ways to get the most out of her life – aka her body – and as a woman in her 60’s herself, she is very much aware of what can go wrong.  As a consequence, she gears half of her own training on prevention and the the other half on performance.  Anita gives her training sessions priority in her life as she knows that she cannot help others if she first doesn’t help herself!

If you are between the ages of 45 and 65+ why not get in touch? You can start Nordic Walking straight away by sign up for a Nordic Walking Taster Session.  To join small group indoor classes at Anita’s Sale studio you will need to take a 75 minute 1:1 Personal Consultation first.  Or why not sign up for one of Anita’s FREE Discovery sessions TODAY and, if there is room, you may be able to observe a class.

CALL Anita today on 07598 129189, FILL in a Contact Form  online, BOOK a Discovery Session, BOOK at Taster Session or EMAIL her at to take an important step towards making the best of the rest of your life!

Updated: January 20, 2019 — 1:41 pm