2015 Fitness Trends
The latest in health & fitness trends
For nearly a decade ACSM has distributed their worldwide survey to thousands of fitness professionals. Designed to guide fitness professionals career programming efforts, by assisting owner operators, fitness program directors, and personal trainers in making important business decisions for 2015 with the latest in health & fitness trends.
While Zumba® continues to dive (occupies no. 34 of 39 potential trends) shouldering alongside sport-specific training, indoor cycling, and physician referrals, of the 39 trends in this 2015’s survey, online training, MMA, unmonitored fitness facilities, bowka, and medical ball slamming are listed on the very bottom.
Check out the changes from 2014 fitness trends.
1. Body Weight Training or better known as Calisthenics. This movement culture uses minimal equipment, making it more accessible affordable. Practiced for centuries as a form of resistance training and not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this indoor and outdoor fitness trend allows people to get back to the basics hitting every muscle group with or without equipment.
2. HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training fell from 2014 fitness trends top spot demonstrates how this speedy and highly effective form of sport conditioning and weight-loss has taken the fitness industry. HIIT involves quick bursts of activity followed by a short period of recovery that are typically performed under 30 minutes.
3. Well Educated Certified Fitness Professionals from recognized, accredited organizations. As the economy continues to grow, the market for educated fitness professionals becomes even more crowded, competitive and interest of regulation either from the government or within the fitness industry. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 24% growth in employment of fitness trainers and fitness instructors to year 2020 through certification programs accredited by the ‘Private Career Training Institutions Agency’ PCTIA and the ‘National Association of Career Colleges’ NACC, where members meet the highest regulatory standards, ensuring the best possible education for their students. For international & USA certification, should be accredited with the National Commission for Certifying Agencies NCCA.
4. Strength Training This 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. Personal Training More people than ever are graduating in kinesiology, which indicates that they are preparing themselves for careers in personal training. Health, sports conditioning and fitness facilities are demanding proper credentialing for personal trainers.
6. Exercise and Weight Loss The combination of exercise and proper nutrition is essential for weight loss maintenance and will improve the outcome of caloric restriction diet weight loss programs.
7. Yoga Practiced in a variety of forms, including Bikram Yoga or Hot Yoga, Power Yoga, Yogalates, Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Anuara Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Sivananda Yoga. With the demand is the growing numbers of certifications for the many Yoga disciplines.
8. Senior Fitness programs for Older Adults As the baby boomer generation hits retirement, have greater sums of discretionary money and free time, fitness professionals are capturing this market by providing safe age-appropriate fitness programs done during the quieter business times of the day when most gyms are least utilized. This far lucrative market than the younger counterparts fitness pro’s should capitalize on this expanding marketplace.
9. Functional Fitness Replicating and designed to enhance actual daily living activities is applying strength training to improve force, balance, coordination, and endurance. Functional fitness programs for older adults as seen in no. 8 seems to be the most popular.
10. Group Personal Training is designed to provide near personal service to a small group of clients of 2-4, offering incentives and discounts to each member while grouped together. With challenging economic times, personal income and discretionary spending decreasing, personal trainers are required to be more creative in their marketing of personal training sessions and themselves as a brand. By training a few people at the same time as a small controlled group can make good economic sense.