These are the fastest-growing fitness trends for 2024, according to Garmin users

If your plan to get fit for 2024 is already floundering in the notoriously tricky first week of January, fear not – some new Garmin data has arrived to give us all some fresh inspiration, based on the biggest fitness trends of last year. 

The 2023 Garmin Fitness Report is based on the data it collected from tens of millions of Garmin Connect users worldwide. So while it doesn’t tell us what new kinds of workouts Apple Watch fans are doing, it does reveal some interesting trends that could help guide your plans for 2024.

The biggest takeaway is a boom in gym workouts, in particular HIIT (high-intensity interval training) sessions. Among Garmin users, these increased in popularity by 112% year-on-year, which is the biggest spike in the whole report.

The fitness equipment section of Garmin’s 2023 fitness report shows HIIT way out in front for year-on-year growth. (Image credit: Garmin)

In fact, the usage of fitness equipment was up all round, with stair climber sessions (up 31% compared to 2022), strength training (a 30% increase), ellipticals (a 17% rise) and indoor rowing (up 14%) all showing the popularity of these machines, whether they’re being used in the gym or at home.