Why we are seeing less cardio equipment in our fitness centres


Remember gym in the early 2000s? It was all about treadmills, bikes, steppers and the occasional rower. No more. 

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…But why? Where are they all now? We slowly transitioned to ellipticals, Water-Rowers and “cardio theatres”.

This is because gyms and fitness facilities understood that the exercise platform was changing, consumers were given more choice yet less time, and the great outdoors came back into fashion. Here’s a few other reasons why things have changed since those endless sessions in a sprawling gym spent on one machine.

  1. The introduction of HIIT
    High Intensity Interval Training has been the newly found Exercise Hit of the last 5 years because it’s time efficient, it creates the greatest increases in cardio vascular fitness (or VO2MAX) in the shortest space of time, increases cellular responses to insulin meaning better use of carbohydrates and burns the most number of calories in a short period of time, meaning its efficient and effective.
  2. The rise of specialised Group Fitness
    As most of know, these producing amazing results without traditional cardio equipment. Group fitness studios like CrossFit, F45 and 12 rounds are creating fitness communities and results by combining functional movement patterns with high intensity cardio based exercises like battle ropes, slam balls, hurdles, sleds and boxing. And as anyone who has tried these know, they make you feel amazing – mind and body-wise.
  3. People want more structure when they’re time-poor

    Whether it be personal training or group fitness we recognise the advantages of outsourcing our wellness needs. This ensures our sessions are structured and time efficient, so there’s no more walking around a gym aimlessly or watching Oprah whilst trying to get fit! Trainers know the best results both mentally and physically come from sessions clients couldn’t do by or for themselves.
  4. The Great Outdoors are back!
    Ever wondered why it’s always harder to run outdoors than on a treadmill? That’s because when you run on a treadmill you are propelled slightly forward by the moving belt as opposed to outdoors where you need to land and push off again using more muscle groups (like your booty) and more calories! Running or walking outdoors requires more neural recruitment and more core muscles, and who doesn’t want better booty or abs?
  5. We like the idea of incidental exercise over walking in a treadmill for hours!
    Thanks to the new stats, 10,000 steps is the magic number and can be done in bursts or one hit. The value of simply walking 10,000 steps per day means we increase our calorie expenditure, burn more fat for fuel and costs nothing but effort! That’s great news for both our bodies and our wallets.

Katie is a well-known speaker, lecturer and presenter within the wellness arena and has just launched a wellness service directory, Global Lip Service.



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