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Fitness Trends - Top 10 of 2014

fitness professionals world wide help determine the top fitness trends

This American College of Sports Medicine survey had more than 3,815 fitness professionals world wide to determine the top fitness trends for 2014 in various fitness environments. The survey results were released published in the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®.

top fitness trendsTop 10 Fitness Trends are

1. HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training appeared for the first time this year taking the top spot on the list. HIIT on top demonstrates how this speedy form of training has taken the fitness industry by storm. HIIT involves quick bursts of activity followed by a short period of recovery. This intense exercise program is typically performed in 30 minutes or less.

2. Body Weight Training or Calisthenics: This top fitness trend uses minimal equipment making it a more accessible and affordable form of training. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness.

3. Well Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals. With various international organizations offering health and fitness certifications, there is a concern with substandard credentials. It is crucial that consumers select professionals certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), such as those offered through Infofit such as ACE, ACSM and NSCA.

4. Strength Training. This fitness trend is a major emphasis for many health clubs and an essential part of a complete fitness program for all ages, fitness levels and genders.

5. Exercise & Weight Loss. In addition to proper 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. A fitness trend that is sure to last!

6. Personal Training. More people than ever are graduating in kinesiology, and attending Infofit School for Fitness Professionals. This fitness trend indicates that they are preparing themselves for careers in personal training. Health, sports conditioning and fitness facilities are demanding proper credentialing for personal trainers.

7.Senior Fitness. While the baby boomer generation ages into retirement and have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts, many fitness professionals are developing age-appropriate fitness training programs to keep older adults healthy and active. Take advantage of this Fitness Trend by obtaining certification in Senior Fitness

8. Functional Fitness. Using strength training to improve balance is designed to ease daily living. Functional fitness and senior fitness programs for older adults work closely together.

9. Group Personal Training With challenging economic times, many personal trainers are training 2  or 3 people at a time making economic sense for the trainer and the clients.

10. Yoga. Utilizing a series of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation.  Includes Bikram, Power Yoga, Yogalates,  Kripalu, Anurara, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Sivananda and more.