When it comes to spotting fitness trends, ClassPass is in a unique position. The boutique fitness subscription startup, which lets users book classes at various parter gyms and studios in their cities, is a treasure trove of data on what workouts people are signing up for and when. The company decided to sort through its user data from 2017 to learn what the biggest fitness trends were in the U.S. this year.
A ClassPass spokesperson tells SELF that her team analyzed the data from over 40 million reservations that have been booked this year to arrive at the 2017 fitness trend data, which includes some interesting insights into how we work out. Here’s what they found.
The most-booked class varied greatly by city, but overall, strength training reigned supreme.
Pilates was the most popular workout in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, and Houston, while barre was the top workout only in Orlando. Exercisers in Austin and D.C. preferred cycling, while users in Seattle, Portland, Kansas City, Columbus, and Raleigh booked a ton of yoga classes. Everywhere else, though, strength training was the most popular genre of fitness classes booked.
The majority of ClassPass users are fitting in their workouts at night.
Meanwhile, Tuesday is apparently the most popular day to work out, and while 6:30 P.M. was the most popular class time during the week, 10 A.M. was the most popular time on the weekends. New Yorkers were most likely to take a class after 7:30 P.M., while the folks in Kansas City seem to be early risers—they were most likely to take class before 6:30 A.M. Charlotte, North Carolina was home to the most lunchtime workout classes. That said, we don’t know if these statistics were based on percentages or just the number of classes booked, the latter of which could be skewed if there just happen to be more night, morning, or lunchtime classes offered in these cities.
The fastest-growing fitness trend? Actually taking time to recover.
One of the more surprising findings of the data was the fastest-growing fitness trend in the U.S. The number of users taking , restorative, and recovery classes this year has grown by 16 percent—which is significant, especially since these activities fall under the purview of “wellness,” not necessarily fitness. Part of the growth could be simply due to the fact that more meditation and recovery-specific classes have been offered this year; or maybe we’re all just starting to finally recognize how important mindfulness and recovery are to our workout routines. Either way, the fact that more people are taking time to dial down the intensity and listen to their bodies is always good news.
Check out the rest of the findings here: