As we wave goodbye to 2016, we’ve been fanatical over a number of new fitness trends. From new fitness technology, to fun new ways to get our fitness kicks, it’s been a great year to get out and get moving!
As we look forward to 2017, the ACSM’s annual survey of health and fitness trends around the world has been released, compiled with the help of over 24,000 health and fitness professionals from six continents.
So what’s set to be hot for the year ahead?
Exercise and Weight Loss
Exercising to tackle obesity and maintain a healthy weight range has remained a top 20 trend since the survey began. Exercise and weight loss go hand in hand when monitored and planned with the help of qualified fitness professionals. Seeing as the obesity crisis continues to rage on, encouraging physical activity to target the issue remains crucial for professionals in our field.
Since the ACSM’s first survey back in 2006, personal training has continued to feature in the top 10. We can see why… working with a qualified fitness professional is crucial to understanding your body, your capabilities, and your fitness goals.
On the flip side, clients are now becoming much more savvy before parting with their trust, and their cash. They do their research, ask questions regarding experience, qualifications and often request references. So for those considering becoming a personal trainer, a professional certification is a must if you want to make it in the world of fitness.
Fun, low energy and a great choice for people of all ages and ability, yoga continues to keep a top ten spot. With benefits including increased flexibility, muscle strength and protection from injury, this versatile workout provides plenty of choice for those looking to shake up their regime.
Exercise Is Medicine
Exercise is Medicine is a global health initiative, designed to encourage GP’s and other health care providers to include physical activity when creating treatment plans for patients. (Take a look)
GP’s can offer advice surrounding healthy diets and weight management, though many feel that they don’t have the high quality training, or the incentive to promote exercise as a solution. Giving them the additional training and awareness they need, will help GP’s to give much more attention to exercise referral and strengthen their working partnerships with specialist fitness practitioners.
Group exercise not only helps to improve motivation, but can also enable us to perform better, whilst keeping up with fitness companions. There’s a whole world of group fitness options out there, from gym-based classes to more extreme outdoor sports. 2017 will see a rise in group exercise, this being the first time it’s featured in the top 20 fitness trends.
Strength training remains popular in all areas of the health and fitness sector. Those qualified to coach strength and conditioning go on to work with athletes and amateur sports professionals looking to increase their performance.
Educated, Certified & Experienced Professionals
More and more, clients are demanding fitness professionals with reputable qualifications. (See why). Regulation is both a way to ensure a quality experience for clients and a powerful way for fitness professionals to stand out in a crowded and competitive industry. A high quality personal training or fitness certificate will be ever more crucial for those that want to cut it in the fitness arena.
HIIT combines short bursts of high-intensity exercise with short periods of rest, for maximum results in minimal time. Popular in groups, alone, within the gym or in the great outdoors, HIIT continues to be popular amongst those that need to get their workout done, with little time to do so.
Body Weight Training
Body weight training always ranks highly on the fitness trends hot-list. It can be done any time, anywhere and without the need for fitness equipment. A winner all round!
Though science says there’s little evidence fitness trackers are effective, the professionals involved in the ACSM’s survey say wearable tech is still big business. This year, we’ve seen activity trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. Stand by for the next wave, including smart glasses, smart fabrics, and interactive textiles which are expected to take 2017 by storm.