Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2017: What’s Hot and What’s Not?

Are you the type that likes to try new workouts or do you prefer sticking with the same old, same old?  If you're trying to make a visible change on your body, you don't want to let your workout routine get stale.  Mixing things up and trying new workouts can help your body spark faster change.  Here's a look at what the pro's are predicting to be the top Fitness Trends for 2017. Fitness Trend or Fitness Fad? Every year the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) takes a poll querying thousands of fitness professionals across the globe about what they see the biggest trends will be for the following year.   The list doesn’t change fast because strong trends tend to keep growing.  Like a Drake song, the best ones will stay near the top of the charts for good, long while.  Eighteen of the same trends from 2016 made it back onto the the 2017 list with two new trends breaking into the top 10.  The new trends are group exercise programs and Exercise is Medicine®.  Interesting since Socrates promoted exercise as medicine thousands of years ago.  Sometimes trends take a long time catch on!  And of course, group exercise programs go back to the very beginning of the fitness industry itself, but like fashion, trends come and go cyclically. Trend: “a general development or change in a situation or in the way that people are behaving”  Fad:  “a fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period”  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Fitness is a lot like Fashion. Both industries see their share...

The Super Hundred Rep Circuit

I guess I have a thing about the number 100 haha!  It may have started years ago when I started doing Pilates (and the exercise called "the hundred").  Someday I'll ask a shrink about my mild obsession. For this circuit, you can pick any 4 exercises you like (make sure the are not too similar or over using the same muscles unless you have a specific reason to).  Perform each exercise for 25 reps taking minimal breaks in between unless you are loosing good form, in which case you should listen to your body and keep your technique top of mind. When I do it, I complete the circuit 4 times so I get 100 reps of each exercise.  See how many times you can complete your circuit with the ultimate goal being 4 times!  Let me know how you...

Top Fitness Trends for 2016. Does Your Workout Make the Cut?

My latest blog on Huffington Post reveals the inside scoop on the upcoming year's top trends in fitness.  Is your favorite fitness routine falling flat or trending up? Based on a few surveys, I've got the "official" news on what's hot and what's not for 2016! [ That's me in the most recent P90 video doing a HIIT workout with Tony Horton First let's get our semantics straight. This list is about trends, not fads. The difference being that a fad is a phenomenon that blows up quickly, lasts only for a short time, then, fades away. A trend is something that gains momentum and can create long-term impact in the way people think or behave. In other words, a trend is a "movement." The ACSM's (American College of Sports Medicine) just released its annual "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016," in which nearly 3000 exercise pros predict what you'll see in fitness next year. In anticipation of this report, I spoke with three colleagues at the IDEA World Conference earlier this year to see if their top picks were on the list. Sure enough, several of their predictions made the list. Are yours? 1. If you're wearing it, you're trending. Wearable technology like fitness trackers, smart watches, heart-rate monitors and GPS enabled gadgets are the undisputed champs. Brett Klika, CEO of SpiderFitkids.com predicted this would be the #1 trend and he was right. Some industry analysts have predicted that the wearable technology market will approach $6 billion dollars by 2016. Wearables also include smart glasses, with a predicted $1.5 billion in sales (according to Juniper Research) and...