2016 is officially upon us… Happy New Year! What will this year bring for fitness?
The ACSM has released its 10th annual World Wide Survey of Fitness Trends. More than 2,800 health and fitness professionals around the globe completed the survey and identified the top 20 trends for 2016. The results can help fitness professionals determine where best to concentrate their resources for the coming year. Here are a few highlights:
1. Wearable Technology appears for the first time and has landed in the top slot. “Wearables” include fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices.
In a press release, the lead author of the survey, Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, explains, “Tech devices are now central to our daily lives and have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts.” Thompson adds, “Wearable devices also provide immediate feedback that can make the wearer more aware of their level of activity and can motivate the user to achieve their fitness goals.”
2. Body Weight Training
3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – Short bursts of intense exercise followed by brief periods of rest. Total workout time is often less than 30 minutes.
4. Strength Training
6. Personal Training
7. Functional Fitness – Strength training to increase performance of “activities of daily living”
11. Group Personal Training – Often 2-4 people per session
16. Flexibility and Mobility Rollers – Includes deep tissue rollers, myofascial release, and trigger point relief
18. Circuit Training – Often less intense that HIIT
19. Core Training
Learn more about the complete list of the ACSM’s Top 20 Fitness Trends at their website. Wishing you health and happiness in 2016!