2014 in the world of fitness saw a rise in personal training to tackle childhood obesity, dance-inspired workouts, a nation of Twerkers and the emergence of wearable fitness technology.
As the NHS have this year started to shape up their staff, sedentary lifestyles are being given a fitness facelift, and the demand for Personal Trainers continues to increase to help in shaping the nation.
This means that those in the industry must stay up to speed on what’s happening around them, in order to stay ahead of the game in the ever-changing fitness arena.
So what looks hot for 2015?
The top fitness forecasts for the year ahead…
A front-runner on last year’s fit predictions, HIIT is still HOT for the year ahead. High Intensity Interval Training has brought the boot camp style workout into today’s hectic social schedule. Thanks to the likes of P90X and the Insanity Workout, we’re not only able to get a sweat on in a short timeframe, but we’re realising the benefits of short bursts of exercise over long and laborious sessions on the gym floor.
These days, taking our tech onto the treadmill isn’t as unusual as it was back in 2010. If we’re not chatting with our BFF’s whilst simultaneously taking a spin class, we’re updating our Facebook pages to prove that yes, we really were at the gym this morning. Some go the extra mile with a gym selfie for good measure (shame on you!).
With this year’s boom in wearable fitness technology, tech toys are on the rise, with new fitness trackers, monitors and performance measurement devices cropping up on every wrist around.
Many of the latest wearable devices sync up with apps, iPhones and smart phones without the need for a restrictive rubber wrist band. Any the possibilities are endless! They’ll track your runs, rides, sleep, calories, heart rate and more! Though remember, they rely on regular, honest logging of information to throw out accurate results!
Thanks to the rise in outdoor fitness coaches and classes that entice us with beautiful local parks, the feel of the fresh air on our face and the luxury of being away from the crowded gym, outdoor training is becoming increasingly popular. Aside from being at one with nature, the benefits of outdoor training are huge too!
From gentle stretching through yoga-based classes, to a more gruelling military style one-to-one, whatever form of fitness you’re into, the great outdoors can accommodate!
We’ll be seeing far fewer fitness DVD’s in the Christmas stocking this year! Fitness fans are now turning to online workouts to keep up to speed with the latest trends. Personal Trainers are sharing their own video tutorials to inspire and educate the nation. Plus, we’re always on the hunt for those oh-so-secret celebrity workout regimes.
Whilst online workouts allow us to get our sweat on from the comfort of our own home, it’s usually no match for a gym or studio setting that offers much more in the way of social interaction, personal training and performance measurement. But it’s certainly a great start!
Since school PE programs have been cut, and sports activities show a high drop-out rate due to the ever increasing competitiveness, young people who aren’t especially athletic have fewer options for keeping fit.
The number of children leading sedentary lifestyles hit an all-time high this year, with alarming reports on obesity rates.
As the baby boom generation ages into retirement, many are enjoying their leisure time and spending those hard-earned savings on keeping themselves young at heart. Gym memberships and personal training sessions for older adults continue to increase, and with such clear benefits of exercise in later life, it’s certain the trend with only continue to grow.
With this increase, there’s also been a rise in the number of health and fitness professionals studying to become Older Adult Fitness Coaches in order to create age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy.
With such a wide variety of fitness trends coming with us into the New Year, the opportunities for fitness professionals to add specialist strings to their bow in order to cater for clients in these niche fitness areas, is huge.
When it comes to your own success as a health and fitness professional, it’s about keeping ahead of the game, continual personal development and moving with the times!
Are you ready?
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