Want to know what’s hot and trending in the fitness biz for this year? The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently completed their ninth annual survey of fitness trends in America and we’re going to take a look at their Top 5. The ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world and the complete survey lists the top 20 trends, check it out if you want to see the complete list!
and the survey says…
Bodyweight Training has taken over the number one spot from last years winner HIIT. While body weight training has been around for years (most people think push ups and pull ups), it’s only been in the last few years there’s been a re-branding and surge in bodyweight training options in gyms, clubs and home fitness. Popular because it requires little to no equipment and can be done virtually anywhere, bodyweight workouts are a great option to supplement any training plan. Look for this trend to continue, bodyweight training is the cornerstone of INSANITY®, PiYo® and the brand new P90X® LIVE group fitness classes sweeping across the country.
High Intensity Interval Training dropped to number two this year after coming on strong as last years favorite. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) typically involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery and typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform (although some workouts can go longer) If you’ve ever done the home fitness program INSANITY® or TurboFIRE® you know HIIT! If you’re a beginner, you should start with a basic fitness assessment by a personal trainer or coach to determine your readiness for a HIIT program, the very nature of the programs push you to your limits and injuries can be a concern if you’re not properly warmed up or don’t learn proper form and technique. HIIT’s may not be number one, but it’s definitely here to stay.
Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals are in high demand as more people begin to focus on wellness and improving their own fitness. Colleges and Universities are adding educational programs focusing on fitness and nutrition to meet the demand for accredited trainers. Just as professionals in the other industries are required to maintain Continuing Education Units to stay proficient in their field and up to speed on current trends, so too are Personal Trainers.
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts “…employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24% from 2010 to 2020”. As the economy continues to grow and as the market for fitness professionals becomes even more crowded and more competitive, interest in some degree of regulation either from within the industry or from external sources (i.e., government) seems to be expanding.(http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos296.htm, cited on July 20, 2014)
Strength Training remains an integral part of all comprehensive training programs. Once looked at as primarily for people who wanted to “Bulk Up” or compete in bodybuilding competitions, strength training plays an important role in rehabilitative programs, weight loss and general fitness. Young or old, men or women – it doesn’t matter; it’s been proven that lean muscle mass is a more efficient calorie burner and keeps our bodies strong to meet life’s daily challenges. Protecting bone health, improving body mechanics and just making you feel better are all great reasons to make sure you’re including strength training in your program. If you’re intimidated by beginning a lifting program at your local gym, check out the Body Beast® program and get started in the comfort of your own home.
Personal Training continues to be a consistent resident of the Top 10 List over the life of the ACSM Survey. As you saw above, there is an increase demand for educated and trained professionals in the fitness industry. Personal Trainers can be found in every gym, running Boot Camps at your local community center or park, performing one-on-one training, often through in-home training sessions. There are many disciplines within the Personal Training world and you’re sure to be able to find a trainer that meets your needs. There’s no doubt that Personal Trainers will continue to be an important part of the professional staff of health and fitness centers.
Be sure to check out the full list and see what’s Hot and what’s Not; just because some popular fitness activities like Zumba® and Indoor Cycling dropped off the list, doesn’t mean they’re not great fitness options. Remember the BEST workout is the one that you will do!
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