A New Top Trend Emerges
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) revealed the top 10 fitness trends for 2016 in its annual survey published this week.
The "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016: 10th Anniversary Edition" appears in the November/December 2015 issue of ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal.
The following slides show the top 10 trends as provided and ranked by ACSM.
Based on ancient tradition, 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.
9. Exercise and Weight Loss
In addition to nutrition, exercise is a key component of a proper weight-loss program. Health and fitness professionals who provide weight-loss programs are increasingly incorporating regular exercise and caloric restriction for better weight control in their clients.
8. Fitness Programs for Older Adults
As the Baby Boomer 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.
7. 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.
6. 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. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers have become increasingly important to the fitness facilities that employ them.
5. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals
Given the large number of organizations offering health and fitness certifications, it’s important that consumers choose professionals certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), according to ACSM.
4. Strength Training
Strength training remains a central emphasis for many health clubs. Incorporating strength training is an essential part of a complete exercise program for all physical activity levels and genders.
2. Body Weight Training (tie)
Body weight training uses minimal equipment making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness.
Body weight training was ranked No. 1 in the 2015 ACSM survey.
2. High-Intensity Interval Training (tie)
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These exercise programs are usually performed in less than 30 minutes.
1. Wearable Technology
Wearable technology includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices.
"Wearable technology has overtaken activities like body weight training and high-intensity interval training to claim the number one spot in this year’s survey," said Walter R. Thompson, the lead author of the survey and associate dean in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta. "Consumer interest in fitness technology may signal that the low-cost, DIY exercise trend is waning."