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2013 Fitness Trends

The Most Popular Fitness Trends of 2013

Body-weight training and strength training will be among the most popular fitness trends of 2013, according to a new survey released by the American fitness trendsCollege of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The annual survey of 3,346 international health and fitness professionals asked them to rank 37 emerging trends in fitness. Their votes listed the top 20 fitness trends of 2013. Dropping out of the top 20 fitness trends this year was spinning or indoor cycling, sport-specific training (regimens for your athletes), and doctor referrals (developed partnerships resulting in seamless referrals between health and fitness professionals).

Fitness Careers are Expected to Increase Faster Than the Average

1. Certified, Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals has remained in #1 spot for the last 6 years. The Bureau of Labour Statistics stated ” fitness careers are expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020 and projects a 29% increase in the workforce from 2010 to 2020.”

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2. Strength Training: Fitness professionals today recommend some form of strength training into a comprehensive exercise routine from post puberty on to seniors and for patients with stable diseases.

Body weight training is calisthenics

3. Body weight training appearing 1st time in the survey is an inexpensive way to exercise effectively and involves minimal equipment often practiced in city playgrounds. Body weight training is calisthenics and classic exercises like pull-ups, pushups, and sit-ups.

Specialized Physical Activity Programs for Children

4. Children and Obesity: Many public school systems continue cutting programs such as physical education. Fitness professionals are taking the problem as an opportunity to positively influence the health issue that immediately impacts the health care industry. The health and fitness industry should recognize this chronic health issue and start new programs targeted specifically at these children. Corporate and clinical programs also may see this as an opportunity to develop specialized physical activity programs for children of their staff and clients.

Exercise and Diet

5. Exercise and Weight loss: A growing trend since the survey began, is that combination of exercise and diet is essential for weight loss maintenance. Diet and exercise can improve compliance to caloric restriction diets and in particular weight loss programs.

Age-Appropriate Exercise Programs

6. Fitness Programs for Older Adults: As Baby Boomers age into retirement (and because they may have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts), smart fitness clubs will capitalize on this exponentially growing market by providing age-appropriate exercise programs.

Personal Trainers Continue to be Important

7. Personal Training: Although there have been some minor variations of personal training (e.g. small groups as opposed to one-on-one), many people believe that personal trainers will continue to be an important part of the professional staff of health and fitness centres.

Functional Fitness Programs

8. Functional Fitness: Defined as using strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power and endurance to improve the ability to perform activities of daily living, functional fitness programs better prepare people to tackle real-life activities.

Exercising and Developing the Core Muscles

9. Core Training: Exercising and developing the core muscles to improve overall stability of the trunk, which transfers to the extremities, enables people to not only meet the demands of activities of daily living, but also perform better in various sports that require strength, speed, and agility.

Training 2 or 3 people Together

10. Group Personal Training: Training 2 or 3 people at the same time in a small group to make good economic sense for both the client and the personal trainer.