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Keep Fit Fads & the Next Big Thing

Updated on September 18, 2015

Over the years there have been a number of Keep Fit fads that captivate the nation before vanishing once more into obscurity. We are going to look at a few of these and try to predict what the nation will be keeping fit too next.


Founded in the late 60’s it wasn’t until the 1970’s that Jazzercise swept across the nation in all its colourful glory.

Combining dance with resistance training and now incorporating pilates, kickboxing, yoga and more this keep fit fad is surprisingly still going with thousands of instructors still taking classes in the US today.


The 80s saw Aerobics arrive on the scene with a bang and morning TV’s Mad Lizzy had the nation jumping about their living rooms with her. Credit has to go to Jane Fonda though whose exercise videos released in 1982 ensured Aerobics would be the big winner of the 80s.

Tae Bo

The 90’s got serious with Taekwondo expert Billy Blanks combining Tae Kwondo and Boxing movements in Tae Bo. These elements combined with dance ensured the participant was tested to the limit increasing cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and strength.


The 00’s saw a genuine phenomenon in the shape of Zumba with classes and instructors appearing to multiply at a miraculous rate. Combing dance and aerobics, Zumba was taking fitness centres and community halls by storm before branching out into clothing and DVD’s . To date over 10million Zumba DVD’s have been snapped up by an eager public.

But what is coming next? Gyms have never been busier and with ‘selfies’ taking over the world physical appearance is at the forefront of the public’s mind. Taking the time to complete fitness training to become a coach is a career path that is appealing to more people and colleges and universities around the UK are offering courses like the level 2 fitness instructor course available in Glasgow at the moment.

But what is going to be next in the fads that sweep the nation? My guess is that it would be something that has some kind of link to MMA. The popularity of Mixed Martial Arts appears to be over taking boxing and if it keeps going this way people will be looking to take advantage and ride that wave.

So, if you are into fitness and see it as a possible career rout get your thinking cap on. If you can be at the forefront of the next big thing you could make a lot of money.

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