HIIT continues to be a big “hit” in the fitness industry. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released its annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2018, and High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is in the number one slot!

The survey identifies “trends” to help the fitness industry make investment and programming decisions for the upcoming year.

HIIT alternates short bouts of intense exercise with periods of less intense exercise or brief rest. This style of workout is appealing because it’s physically effective and time efficient often completed in 30 minutes or less. Survey respondents also shared concerns about a perceived risk of injury associated with HIIT. Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, president of ACSM and the lead author of the survey, says HIIT can be safe when done properly. “HIIT offers participants a good workout that can be done without a lot of time or equipment,” Thompson explained in a press release. “Research shows that with proper precautions, like working with a certified personal trainer, HIIT can be a safe, effective and fun way to exercise.”

An ACSM HIIT information guide suggests starting with one HIIT session per week and progressing to two per week. It also suggests doing a fitness screening and checking with your doctor before starting an intense exercise program.

Here are the top 10 trends for 2018:

  1. (High-Intensity Interval Training) HIIT
  2. Group Training
  3. Wearable Technology
  4. Body Weight Training
  5. Strength Training
  6. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals
  7. Yoga
  8. Personal Training
  9. Fitness Programs for Older Adults
  10. Functional Fitness

Time to HIIT the gym!

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