Whether you’re in the fitness industry or just a gym bunny, I’m sure you’re aware of the exercise trends that pop in and out every year. From the “Shake Weight,” to the “Thigh Master,” exercise trends have a way of making big waves. A survey was preformed by ACSM (American Counsel of Sports Medicine) to reveal the top 10 exercise trends for 2014.
In previous years and since 2008 “certified and educated fitness specialists have toped the charts at number one. However, this year, “HIIT Training” has taking it’s place and rolled into the number one spot (good thing we developed Body Burn Bootcamp 😉 HIIT Training is short for High Intensity Interval Training. Now here’s how other trends stacked up ….
Top 10 Exercise Trends For 2014
1.) HIIT Training – High Intensity Interval Training – This type of exercise usually involves high intensity bust followed by short rest periods. Normally, the workouts last no more then 30 – 40 minutes.
2.) Body Weight Training – No equipment needed or minimal equipment such as a pull up bar. This type of exercise isn’t just limited to body weight exercises but it’s allowing people to go back to the basic and focus on foundational exercises.
3.) Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals – This used to be number 1 but it has now dropped to number 3! In my opinion, educated professionals is always a MUST.
4.) Strength Training – Strength training remains a central factor in health clubs and in the top 10 for exercise trends.
5.) Exercise and Weight Loss – Of course weight loss is in the top 10 trends! In addition to nutrition, exercise is a key component to weight loss.
6.) Personal Training – Eek! Personal training is number 6!? Well I suppose that the economy isn’t helping trainers reel in more clients. However, at least one on one training made the list!
7.) Fitness Programs For Older Adults – Baby Boomers are getting older and lets face it, they have all the money! Many health and fitness places are creating programs for the elderly and the baby boomers.
8.) Functional Fitness – Functional exercises allow exercisers to move through their daily lives better by tailoring exercises that mimic life movements. No more of this staionary push, pull machines. Functional fitness is 3 dimentsional and has the ability to burn more calories then traditional 2 demenstional exercises.
9.) Group Personal Training – This cost effective way to train is becoming bigger by the year! Training 2 to 3 people at a time may not be the same as personal training but it’s still a great way to get results.
10.) Yoga – Yoga will always need to be applied especially in our stressful lives.
If you are a fitness professional, you can follow the trends to help you with your personal business. If you are just a fitness buff then, you may want to follow them to know what types of training are popular at that time and why. These survey results were pulled from the ASCM site.
CES, PES, CPT, BS