Every year the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) creates a list of what’s hot in the fitness industry for the coming year. As with any business, trends are determined by the people who use the products and services. What’s great about the fitness industry is that it not only offers new ideas on staying healthy and fit, but also adds a little variety we can incorporate into our lives.
Fitness trends evolve over time. Some ideas that are a century old have come back because the basic principals remain sound. The human body is still created the same, though. While technology, physiology and education have grown by leaps and bounds, the basic need for movement hasn’t changed.
Keep in mind the difference between fitness trends and fads. According to the ACSM, a trend is a general development or change in a situation or in the way people behave. A fad is a fashion that’s taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period. Remember the ThighMaster? That’s a great example of a fitness fad. I think I still have one of those in the basement somewhere.
Let’s get on with the results of fitness trends for 2015.
The top trend is body weight training. The basic principal isn’t new. Using our own body weight to create an effective workout goes back to the basics. Think of such familiar exercises as pushups, lunges and squats, and you’re thinking about body weight training.
“It’s no surprise to see body weight training claiming the top spot this year,” said Walter R. Thompson, lead author of this year’s survey. “These kinds of exercises provide the benefit of requiring little to no equipment and are incorporated into many fitness programs that are currently popular.”
High-intensity interval training ranks second. This type of workout involves short bursts of exercise followed by a short period of recovery. This training provides a dynamic workout with many health benefits in a short session, usually less than 30 minutes.
The next three fitness trends involve a personal trainer and strength training. Hiring a certified personal trainer or other experienced fitness professional is on the rise. Strength training is one of the main components of a fitness program. The others are cardio and flexibility. By working out with a trainer, you get not only the benefits of strength training, but also an educated coach preparing a workout program to fit you and your needs.
Other areas that made top spots for 2015 include weight loss, Yoga and age-appropriate fitness for older adults and children.
This list offers a sampling of what’s available. Whether you’re looking for a fitness facility or just getting started in your fitness journey, it provides options. The ultimate goal of providing this information is to keep you moving. Whether it’s a fitness fad, a studied trend or something new, finding fitness activities you enjoy is the key.