Fitness Trends for 2018
The fitness world is always changing and
evolving, with established programs continuing to exist alongside a wide range
of new ideas. If this year was anything to go by, 2018 looks to be an exciting
year for the fitness industry - with new opportunities for professionals and
more choices available to consumers than ever before. The 12th annual survey by
The American College of Sports Medicine is a great forecast of what to expect
in 2018, from high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and wearable technology through
to personal and group training programs.
The 'Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for
2018' was compiled after questioning more than 4,000 fitness professionals
across the world. Whether you're interested in fully featured commercial
programs or ideas you can implement at home for free, this survey acts as a
wide-angle lens into the fitness industry. After topping the list in 2014, HIIT
is once again back in the top position after falling to third place in 2017.
HIIT is a great way to burn fat, improve stamina, and tone up muscle over the
entire body, with this popular cardiovascular exercise involving short periods
of intense anaerobic exercise mixed with regular rest periods.
According to Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D.,
FACSM, president of ACSM and lead author of the survey, "High intensity
interval training has been a consistently high-ranking trend on the forecast in
recent years, appearing in the top three since 2014. Even though survey
respondents warned of a relatively higher risk of injury associated with HIIT,
it continues to be very popular in gyms across the world. HIIT offers
participants a good workout that can be done without a lot of time or
equipment,” said Thompson, adding “Research shows that with proper precautions,
like working with a certified personal trainer, HIIT can be a safe, effective
and fun way to exercise.”
Group training came in at second on the
list for fitness trends in 2018 - as more people gravitate towards group work
in local fitness centres and public areas. While group training is not for
everyone, exercising with professionals alongside other people can be a great
way to stay motivated and interact with people in your local community.
Wearable technology fell from top spot on the list in 2017 to third place in
2018, with fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS
tracking devices still popular despite losing some ground due to their novel
Body weight training was fourth in the
survey, with this fitness trend perhaps the most affordable due to the minimal
equipment involved. While body weight routines such as push-ups and pull-ups
can easily be performed at home, many of the other emerging trends depend on
access to fitness professionals. Strength training came in at fifth position,
followed by educated and experienced fitness professionals, yoga, personal
training, fitness programs for older adults, and functional fitness. Many of
these trends have been around for a while now, with fitness professionals and
strength training both making their first appearance in the top 10 in 2007.
Other trends continue to emerge, however, including licenses for fitness
professionals in 16th spot, core training in 19th spot, and sport-specific
training in 20th spot.
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