That Fitness Trends That Defined Men’s Lives in 2021


My gym shut its doors the other day after another COVID outbreak.

It’s closed for the rest of the year, and based on the latest Omicron numbers, I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t reopen until mid-January. Obviously, there are far worse plights than not being able to go lift weights for 45 minutes, but the development still stings. There’s a bit of PTSD at play. It brings me back to this time last year, when we were deep in the throes of quarantine, and all the usual outlets — gym, office, bar — were still closed or unthinkable.

December’s unwanted reversion aside, though, this was a worthwhile year for personal fitness. While 2020 forced us into sudden DIY workouts (lots of desk-side pushups and online fights for dumbbell sets), 2021 saw us ease into wellness’s new and chaotic world order.

For many Americans, it was nearly a full year of WFH, capped by a sneak peak in Q4 at what would appear to be the permanent future of the workplace: some sort of hybrid, on-off schedule, which should continue to afford employees a degree of flexibility as they plot their workouts for the week.

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