Each year the ASCM releases a survey which determines what the biggest fitness trends of each year will be.
The survey is in its 11th year now and has proven to be quite accurate in spotting what will be the ones to watch each year.
In 2014 it accurately predicted that HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) would be the no 1 trend that year and it was 100% correct.
1,801 trainers from all over the world were surveyed and responses were received from just about every continent and included the countries of Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, Venezuela, Switzerland, Jamaica, South Africa, Bermuda, Greece, Finland, and the United States.
“There were 42 possible trends in the 2017 survey. The top 25 trends from previous years were included in the survey, as were some potentially emerging trends identified by the editors of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. To try and establish equity, the editors represent all four sectors of the health fitness industry (corporate, clinical, community, commercial), as well as academia.”
So here they are.
The top 10 Fitness Trends of 2017
There can be no doubt that wearable tech is the hottest thing in fitness and health this year.
Pieces like activity trackers, smart watches, Apple iWatch, heart rate monitors, Myzone, jawbone, Garmins and step counters have sold millions in the 1st 6 months of the year and there are reports that the iWatch will exceed $485 million by the end of the year.
If you aren’t tracking you are only guessing.
It might be time to up your training game with a piece.
2. Bodyweight Training
Bodyweight training was put back on the list in 2013 and has been in it since.
It has become more popular with the rise of HIIT training and the growing popularity of group training.
With an array of exercises, you can do to work the full body and little equipment needed, you can see why it is becoming a popular way to train once again.
High Intensity Interval Training topped the poll in 2014 and has been one of the top contenders since.
HIIT has become popular because of the short workouts and the intensity of them seems to entice people to train harder.
There has been warnings about the possible injury rate of HIIT, but this hasn’t stopped it being adopted by gyms all around the world.
4. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals.
As fitness becomes more popular and people become more educated towards what works and what doesn’t work, they are starting to seek out better educated trainers.
The people who have done a ‘transformation’ and now call themselves a ‘PT’ are being seen through and the general public are looking for a quality trainer who can cater to their training needs, rather than everyone getting the same workout regardless of their goals.
5. Strength Training.
Everyone is finally seeing the benefits of strength training.
Sports clubs are adopting it.
More females are finally taking note of the benefits it can make to their physiques.
Sports like Powerlifting are at an all-time high in popularity.
If you are not adding some sort of strength training into your weekly routine, it is time to start.
6. Group Training
Group training is at an all-time high.
Whether it is spinning, aerobics, body pump or my Fit in 42 program, group training is proving to be more and more popular for people to get their daily exercise in.
It is only this year that group training has made the top 10 on the list.
It is thought that the slowdown of the boot camp style of workouts has been the reason that group training is on the rise.
7. Exercise is Medicine®.
“Exercise is Medicine® is a global health initiative that is focused on encouraging primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans for patients and referring their patients to exercise professionals. The program is committed to the belief that physical activity is integral in the prevention and treatment of diseases and should be regularly assessed and treated as part of all health care.”
“Yoga comes in a variety of forms including Power Yoga, Yogalates, and Bikram Yoga (also known as “hot” Yoga).
Other forms of Yoga include Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Anuara Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and Sivananda Yoga. Instructional tapes and books are abundant, as are the growing numbers of certifications for the many Yoga formats.”
9. Personal Training
Personal Training has been in the top 10 since the survey began in 2009.
If you are looking for 1-1 training, please ensure that your trainer is certified and insured.
Ask them when the last time they upskilled or attended a certification was.
But more importantly, make sure that they are giving you a program that fits your lifestyle and is in line with YOUR goals, not theirs.
10. Exercise and Weight loss.
These go hand in hand when most are starting out on their fitness journey.
Most people who enquire about my services are looking for both exercise and weight loss.
This is great as not only will it improve their health, the combination of the 2 can have better rate of adherence.
There you have it, the top 10 fitness trends of 2017.
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