Fitness is stepping up a gear in 2018, with technology carving out new modes of exercise previously unimaginable. From wearable tech to AI trainers and immersive virtual reality classes, it makes for a refreshing change to your bog-standard session at the local gym. Having said that, it can seem a bit superfluous, and although we’re big champions of innovation, especially when it involves our health and fitness, we’re also fans of some good old fashion sweat and grit. The new year is the best time to embrace exercise – even if you haven’t yet started, there’s still plenty of time to make a positive change and get motivated. And with the fitness industry evolving to make the experience more enjoyable and engaging, and the exercise more effective, there’s really no excuse not to make strides towards sculpting that muscular physique you’ve always dreamed of. Booty gains aside, the improvement to your overall health and the mood boosts catalysed by breaking a sweat are worth it alone. Here are the fitness trends we’ll be championing this year.