The votes have been counted for the 2017 top fitness trends. The big winner…drum roll please… wearable technology!
This is the 11th year the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) has circulated its annual survey to fitness professionals around the globe. The goal of the survey is to separate fitness trends from fads. The results serve as a guide for businesses to help determine programming for the upcoming year and beyond. Fads tend to be highly popular and short lived. Trends are longer lasting and alter situations or behavior.
The top 3 trends for 2017 are the same as 2016:
1. Wearable Technology – Includes activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, GPS tracking devices, and smart eyeglasses.
2. Body Weight Training – A low cost class option using minimum equipment.
3. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) – Features short bursts of intense activity followed by shorter periods of rest and recovery. These workouts are often completed in 30 minutes or less…appealing for today’s busy schedules. The report notes that some fitness professionals have concerns about the risk of injury with HIIT.
Rounding out the top 10:
4. Educated, Certified, and Experienced Fitness Professionals – Moving up from #5 last year, “The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted and recently affirmed that ‘…Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 8% from 2014 to 2024.’” More people are going into the fitness industry and there are more opportunities for education in this field.
5. Strength Training – Down from #4 last year
6. Group Training – Appearing in the top 20 for the first time. Group exercise classes are defined as classes with more than 5 people led by an instructor.
7. Exercise is Medicine® – “…a global health initiative that is focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients and referring their patients to exercise professionals.” Click here for our previous article on this program.
8. Yoga – Up from #10 in 2016
9. Personal Training – Has appeared in the top 10 every year
10. Exercise and Weight Loss – Down 1 from last year
Click here to check out the complete report the ACSM’s 2017 worldwide survey of fitness trends. These results may help you ‘elect’ where to put your time and money in the coming year!