2021/22 Fitness Trends Survey Results

We all spent 2021 adjusting to a new normal of how, where, and why we work out.

To better understand how Americans view fitness heading into the New Year, we conducted a multiple choice survey of over 300 consumers in December 2021. We asked Americans what their resolutions are, where they will be working out in the New Year and how often they worked out in 2021 compared to 2020; along with their workout workout plans for the year that lies ahead.  

The results are in – and there are definitely some surprises in here! Below is a comprehensive list of what Americans have told us about where, when and why they will be working out in 2022. 

2021 was a fit year for Americans: More than half of Americans (50.9%) surveyed admitted to working out more in 2021 than they did in 2020. This is up from 40% of Americans that admitted to working out more in 2020 than 2019.

Music moves Americans to work out in 2021: Over three quarters (81.5%) of Americans surveyed say they prefer to work out to music. What the pros say: Six in seven Fyt trainers say that music makes their clients more motivated! 

So what genres of music did Americans prefer to work out to most in 2021? Our survey found the most popular music Americans worked out to was: Pop (32.7%), Hip Hop/R&B (23%) and Rock (20.9%).

Americans will be even more active in 2022: Nearly 8 in 10 Americans (77.9%) surveyed say they plan to exercise more in 2022 than they did in 2021. 

Weekly workouts will see more consistency: Nearly 3 in 4 (73.3%) Americans surveyed say they plan to work out 3-5 days a week in 2022. That number is up from last year, where just over two thirds of Americans (65%) surveyed said they planned to work out 3-5 days a week in 2021.

Americans are exhausted with cardio: Our survey found that strength training continues to be the runaway workout that interests Americans the most heading into 2022 (47% – up from 36% in 2020). Cardio decreased 11% as the prefered choice of work out heading into 2022 (23%) compared to 2021 (26%).

Americans are setting more resolutions for 2022: More than half (59.1%) of Americans surveyed said they plan to make a New Year’s resolution for 2022. This is up from 2021, where only 47% of Americans surveyed admitted to setting a resolution.

2022 Fitness goals focus on health, not weight: Two thirds (66%) of Americans surveyed said their top fitness-related goal for 2022 is to maintain a healthy lifestyle, get stronger or improve overall health. Only 28% of Americans surveyed are setting a goal to lose weight.

Fitness is moving outside: 75% of respondents told us they plan to predominantly work out outside the walls of a traditional fitness studio or gym in 2022.

Gym memberships on freeze: 69% of Americans surveyed that don’t have a gym membership say they don’t plan on getting one in 2022.
Survey Data Compilation: 330 US consumers ages 18 and older agreed to take a survey about their fitness preferences, behaviors and goals in 2021 and 2022. The survey was conducted between 12/2/21-12/15/21, and respondents were recruited through Fyt’s network.