Plan for a brisk outdoor run... or just a cozy night in.

By Blake Bakkila
December 06, 2017
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Is there anything worse than a packed gym? For those looking to avoid waiting for the right machine or locating a spot in a studio class, be sure to mix up your routine on February 28. According to ClassPass’s release of U.S. fitness trends for 2017, that late February date was this year's most popular day to work out. 

In 2017 February 28 was a Tuesday, which also happens to be the most popular day of the week to workout. The breakdown of trends for gym-goers also determined that the most popular times to take a class were 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends. So, if we’re using this year’s data to predict the most hectic gym day of 2018, beware of Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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Of all the classes booked via its site, ClassPass found that the most popular fitness genre was strength training. And while getting stronger physically took the top spot, the fastest growing trend among classes was all about finding zen. The company reported a significant spike (up 16 percent) in the popularity of meditation, restorative, and recovery classes this year.

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The data also determined that, on average, sporty Kansas City residents checked into more morning classes (6:30 a.m. or earlier) than other cities nationwide. Meanwhile, New Yorkers were the most likely to take a class at 7:30 p.m. or later. And those in Charlotte, North Carolina, were more likely to use their lunch break to squeeze in a sweat session.

Need a plan for February 27? Here, a full-body workout you can do at home. 

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