It’s that time of year when operators, clubs and ourselves as personal trainers will look at the future ‘trends‘ for our industry this coming year as opposed to ‘fads‘. That way we’ll be in a stronger position to develop new principles, strategies and techniques to offer our clients in comparison to our competitors. The latest worldwide fitness survey carried out by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) shows some new trends were identified.
(e.g., High-Intensity Interval Training) while others were once again supported (e.g., Educated and Certified Health Fitness Professionals) and still others failed to make the top 20 trends (Pilates, Spinning, Stability Ball, Pregnancy/Postnatal Classes, Water Workouts, Mixed Martial Arts Kickboxing, Power Training Ropes, un-monitored Fitness Facilities, Barefoot Walking and Running, and Hula Hoop Workout).
‘Trends‘ have been defined as a general development that takes some time and then stays for a period (usually described as a behavior change), whereas ‘fads‘ come and go.
In the top 10 fitness trends for 2014, 8 have been on the list in previous years.
Appearing for the first time is High-Intensity Interval Training. Falling out of the top 20 was Zumba (in 2013, it was no. 12 on the list). It will be very interesting to watch two trends (High-Intensity Interval Training and Body Weight Training) during the next year to see if these are truly trends or fads. Pilates, spinning, balance training, and use of the stability ball continue to exist in the health and fitness industry but with not as much popularity according to the ACSM trends survey.
We at KiMotion are pleased to see Body Weight, Functional and Sports Specific training are all there and of course that Personal Training and Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals are still high in the top 20!
Now Trending: Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014
Thompson, Walter R. Ph.D., FACSM