Let’s talk about 2016. What are your fitness goals this year? Are you going to try something new?
There are new gyms, workouts, social media fitness celebrities and exercises to try popping up all the time. Trends have come and gone – you’ve only got to think of weird vibrating belt machines in the 60s and 70s, leg warmers, Jane Fonda and aerobics in the 80’s, Tae Bo in the late 90s as well as the rise of Boot Camps in the 90s.
This year it seems technology has topped the list and is becoming even more central to the way we exercise and live a healthy life – you’ve only got to look as far as apple watches and the health app, the myriad of fitness watches and trackers available as well as integrated cardio equipment at your gym. The Sydney Morning Herald reported the biggest seller at Rebel Sport before Christmas was the Fitbit.
Now in its tenth year, the annual Fitness Trends survey was completed by more than 2,800 health and fitness professionals worldwide, many certified by ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments.
Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey and associate dean in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta said, “Tech devices are now central to our daily lives and have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts,” said Thompson. “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.”
Following tech devices for fitness, Body Weight Training, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength Training and Educated Fitness Professionals rounded out the top five.
Body Weight training was first included in the survey in 2013, and has seen an increase in interest since then in the industry. There has been an increase of body weight programs including ‘celebrity’ trainers such as Kayla Itsines, Jillian Michaels, Emily Skye, Amanda Bisk as well as workouts such as TRX training.
Let’s take a look at the Top Fitness Trends for 2016:
1. Wearable Technology: includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices.
Introduced just a few years ago, wearable technology includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices.
2. Body Weight Training: 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.
Typical body weight training programs use minimal equipment, which makes it a very inexpensive way to exercise effectively.
2. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): 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.
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. (The other essential components are aerobic exercise and flexibility.)
Many younger clients of both community-based programs and commercial clubs train exclusively using weights. Today, however, there are many other individuals (men and women, young and old, children, and patients with a stable chronic disease) whose main focus is on using weight training to improve or maintain strength. Many contemporary health and fitness professionals incorporate some form of strength training into a comprehensive exercise routine for their clients and patients.
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), such as those offered by ACSM. ACSM is one of the largest and most prestigious fitness-certification organizations in the world.
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 health and fitness facilities that employ them.
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.
8. Fitness Programs for Older Adults. As the baby boom 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.
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.
10. Yoga. 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.
What will be your go-to workouts this year?