Is Your Favorite Workout on Trend?  The Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2018

Is Your Favorite Workout on Trend? The Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2018

What will the hottest workouts be in 2018?  And, more importantly, will you be doing them? Every year the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) releases a survey of thousands of fitness professionals and I report on them.  The survey authored by Walter Thompson, PhD., FACSM asks a sample of fitness professionals to choose their top picks for the biggest fitness trends for the following year.  This year’s survey had a record number of respondents at 4,000.  See if your favorite workouts make the list. Here are the top 10 1.  High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).  HIITs have reclaimed the no. 1 spot.  It was in the top spot back in 2014.  But then in 2015 and 2016 it moved down to the 2nd and 3rd   Flying into the top spot for the last 2 years was wearable technology as Fitbits became the UGGs of fitness accessories and everyone got fired up to move more with the help of trackers and apps. Dr. Thompson said he was surprised HIITs moved back to top spot.  “Typically, as a trend starts to fall on the list it continues to fall, like Pilates and Zumba a few years ago, until it no longer trends.” But HIIT workouts are just so damn good!  Every study shows how beneficial they are for everyone from the obese to older adults.  Plus, they’re  convenient because they can be done in a short amount of time and with little to no equipment. Dr. Thompson says, “our research shows that, with proper precautions like working with a certified personal trainer, HIIT is a safe, effective and fun way to...

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...

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...