The Most Popular Workouts in 2015—and 2016 Predictions


For any guy who needs a little extra motivation to get to the gym, group fitness classes can be his solution. And unlike the classes of the ’90s, where groups of women wore leotards and jazzercised to “Ice Ice Baby,” today’s offerings are man-friendly, crazy-effective—and the options are endless. In fact, they are so many options—from HIIT classes to cycling to rowing to yoga… the list goes on—you may not be able to chose just one favorite. Enter ClassPass, a monthly membership service that gives you the keys to a huge network of fitness studios in your area—from participating franchise gyms to small boutique clubs worldwide. (The service, available for $125/month, gives you access to an unlimited number of classes in a month with one caveat: You can only visit each specific location up to three times.)

Though relatively new (it launched in 2014), ClassPass has seen marked success as a tool for men and women with the goal to experience new genres of exercise, relieve themselves of workout boredom, and plainly, to try something different. And in doing that, they’ve compiled a ton of data (based on 594,036,380 minutes of exercise logged by users as of December 11, 2015) on trends, members’ habits, and more. 

Click through to see their workout year in review—from the most popular classes by city, most eclectic venues, and the predicted #1 fitness trend for 2016. 

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Most popular trends of 2015

1. Strength training 
2. Yoga
3. Cycling  

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Number of New Classes Tried

“Unlimited Members” who used ClassPass for at least six months, participated in approximately 15 classes and tried about 16 studios.

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Geographic Trends

East Coast
Most popular – Cycling (most popular weekend and weekday studios are cycling studios)
Least popular – Pilates

Most popular – Barre (morning weekday classes e.g. 6:00 a.m. instead of the popular 6:30 p.m.)
Least popular – Rowing and Martial Arts

Most popular – Strength training and Yoga (earlier classes 9:30 a.m. on weekends and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays)
Least popular- Cycling and Pilates

West Coast
Most popular – Pilates and Strength Training (morning classes 7:00 a.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. on weekends)
Least popular – Cycling

Most popular – Pilates and Yoga (Morning weekday class 6:00 a.m.)
Least popular – Barre and Dance

Most popular – Boxing and Strength Training
Least popular – Barre and Rowing

Most popular – Boxing, Pilates, and Strength Training
Least popular – Barre, Cycling, and Rowing

Most popular – Yoga and Pilates
Least popular – Barre and Cycling

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Season by Season View

Most popular genre of exercise by season:

Q1 (Winter) – Cycling/Yoga (yoga slightly higher)
Q2 (Spring) – Barre
Q3 (Summer) – Strength Training
Q4 (Fall) – Pilates

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Most Popular in Class

Most Popular Class Attributes: Challenging, Encouraging, Good Sweat

Most Eclectic Venues:

East Coast: Laughing Lotus (New York)
Southeast: Shakti Power Yoga (Nashville)
Midwest: The Shed (Minneapolis)
West Coast: Swerve (Los Angeles)
Southwest: City Surf Uptown (Dallas)
Canada: MISFITSTUDIO (Toronto)
UK: Frame (London)
Australia: Hiscoes Gym (Sydney)

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Class Peak

The most popular time of the week and time for ClassPass users to work out are:

Weekend: 10:00 a.m.
Weekday: 6:30 p.m.

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Day vs. Night workouts

Most popular start hours:

6:00 a.m.
Dallas/Fort Worth

5:00 p.m.
Kansas City
Las Vegas
San Diego
St. Louis

6:00 p.m.
Los Angeles/Orange County
Minneapolis/St. Paul
New York
San Francisco
Washington, DC
7:00 p.m.

Most Popular Time: 6:00 p.m.

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Predictive Trends for 2016

And the predicted “it” workout of 2016 is… rowing! ClassPass has seen the most growth from August to December—and it’s no wonder; rowing is an excellent low-stress cardio exercise that torches your lungs and muscles.

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Most Popular Genre

Atlanta – Strength Training
Austin – Yoga
Baltimore – Barre
Boston – Cycling
Charlotte – Barre
Chicago – Strength Training
Columbus – Yoga
Dallas/Fort Worth – Pilates
Denver – Yoga
Houston – Pilates
Kansas City – Barre
Las Vegas – Yoga
London – Strength Training
Los Angeles/Orange County – Strength Training
Melbourne – Yoga
Miami – Pilates
Minneapolis/St. Paul – Yoga
Nashville – Strength Training
New York – Strength Training
Orlando – Yoga
Philadelphia – Yoga
Phoenix – Yoga
Portland – Yoga
Raleigh – Yoga
Sacramento – Barre
San Diego – Pilates
San Francisco – Strength Training
Seattle – Yoga
St. Louis – Strength Training
Sydney – Yoga
Tampa – Yoga
Toronto – Strength Training
Vancouver – Strength Training
Washington, DC – Yoga

Most Popular Genre Overall: Strength Training

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Most Active Cities

*In no particular order

1. London
2. New York
3. Los Angeles

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Most Popular Day of the Year to Workout

As you can imagine, January 13 (about two weeks into the New Year) was the most heavily used day for ClassPassers in 2015. The most restful days? Well, they revolve around the biggest parties of the year: July 4 and January 1. No judgment here. 

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