In this year’s “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market” published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®, the top results on what’s going to change and shake up your work outs for the biggest gain (or loss, so to speak) are in. The American College of Sports Medicine asks thousands of fitness professionals across the world come up with a great list of what is trending in gyms and in the fitness minds of people for 2015, and the list may surprise you. Popular exercises like spin and Zumba have dwindled lower on the list and others basics have crept back up the chart.
1. Body Weight Training: Topping the charts is body weight training, which uses little to no equipment (other than your body) to perform basic lunges, push-ups, pull ups, planks and squats. Perhaps because it is more affordable and you can do these almost anywhere.
2. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): More and more popular, HIIT involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These are your Beach Body and RIPPED workouts that bring DVD aerobics and modern day boot camp together. The best is that most of these HITT workouts can be completed between 20-30 minutes. Biggest amount of gains for the shortest amount of time.
3. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals. Health gyms and institutions are everywhere and with the growth of the on line based certification and schools, fitness and nutrition professionals are growing at an exponential rate. It’s always a good idea to go with someone that has extended knowledge on how to best execute certain exercises and plans for goal achievement. And they are like a built in fan and cheering squad.
4. Strength Training. Still a must, regardless how many people join in on group fitness or claim elliptical and treadmill as their go-to gym must, strength training remains in the top 5 as an essential piece in a complete exercise program for all physical activity levels and genders. “The other essential components are aerobic exercise and flexibility.”
”5. Personal Training. More and more students are majoring in kinesiology, which indicates that they are preparing themselves for careers in allied health fields such as personal training. MAT, muscle activation technique is also a growing interest among certified personal trainers. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers have become increasingly important to the health and fitness facilities that employ them.
6. Exercise and Weight Loss. In addition to nutrition, exercise is a key component of a proper weight loss program. Fitness clubs and health coaches are engaging their clients in more weight loss competitions to help motivate and engage everyone.
7. Yoga. Not just for hippies and Reiki seekers, this eastern Indian Ayruvedic tradition of yoga utilizes a series of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation. This includes Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and others.
”8. Fitness Programs for Seniors and Older Adults. As the baby boom generation ages into retirement, some of these people have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts. Therefore, many health and fitness professionals are taking the time to create age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active.
9. Functional Fitness. This is a trend toward using strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living. Functional fitness and special fitness programs for older adults are closely related.
10. Group Personal Training. In challenging economic times, many personal trainers are offering more group training options. Training two or three people at a time makes economic sense for the trainer and the clients.
The full list of top 20 trends is available in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market.” or visit:
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