Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2015

Posted 12/17/2014 | By HealthCorps

Body Weight Training – Body weight training is popular because it is inexpensive.  You use minimal equipment, since many of the exercises just involve your own body weight.  It’s not just limited to just push-ups, pull-ups and crunches.  This trend allows people to get back to the basics but still with a great deal of variety and intensity levels.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) – HIIT involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These exercise programs are usually performed in less than 30 minutes, sometimes as two ten or fifteen minute sessions in the same day.  It’s perfect for people who are pressed for time.

Using Fitness Professionals as Coaches– if you’re going to use a personal trainer, make sure they are one of the professionals certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA.   There are several well-recognized  certification programs, and ACSM is one of the largest and most prestigious fitness-certification organizations in the world.

Strength (weight) Training – Though aerobic exercise and flexibility are important exercise modalities, weight training is key to maintaining muscle mass, maintaining bone density, and even helping to keep your metabolic rate at optimal calorie-burning levels.  This trend ebbs and flows, but is expected to trend strong.

Specialized Personal Training – Addressing teen needs, baby boomers, pregnancy and senior citizens are just some of the niches that personal trainers can fill.  College students are taking exercise physiology, kinesiology to prepare for a career in personal training.

Exercise to address obesity – Nutrition plus exercise combined help to make up a balanced weight loss program.  Professionals need to be well versed in strategies to address America’s growing waistlines, and exercise is a key component to weight loss and weight maintenance.

Yoga – With Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and other modalities, this ancient form of exercise continues to trend strongly.

Fitness Programs for Older Adults – Many gyms are now offering Silver Spoons or other group classes specific to boomers and seniors.  Insurance may cover it and if not, many seniors are able to afford classes or even a private coach.   So many health and fitness professionals are making age-appropriate fitness programs a priority.

Functional Fitness – This approach uses strength training to improve balance and to ease the movements of daily living.  This type of exercise is often a component of programs for boomers and seniors so they can preserve functions of daily life.

Group Personal Training – With finances tight, many personal trainers are offering group training options for two individuals or more.  Trainers can still focus on individual movements, and buddying up helps clients to remain commited.

The full list of top 20 trends is available in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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