Halloween sweets are on sale, and the Christmas business is on the horizon. That means it's time to think about 2019. For fitness pros, this means anticipating what the top movement trends will be next year. To get an idea of what's in store for the future, the American College of Sports Medicine interviewed thousands of fitness professionals in an electronic questionnaire on health and fitness trends. The findings were published this week in the ACSM Health and Fitness Journal .
Respondents were asked to rate 39 possible trends, 25 of which were trends from previous years, out of 1
In advance, the top 10 trends for 2019 have predicted the pros.
. 1 Wearable Technology
Wearable technology such as smartwatches, fitness trackers, cardiac monitors, etc. has been one of ACSM's top three trends every year since 2016. The fusion of fitness and technology shows no-one expects even more opportunities to track and monitor your fitness in 2019.
. 2 Group Training
ACSM defines "group training" as any training with more than five participants. It first appeared in the top 20 trends in 2017, and industry innovations – such as the online training courses [19459004 – remain at the top of the list.
. 3 HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
HIIT came first in 2018 (and 2014), but despite its small decline, the experts also see a big role in the industry this year. According to the ACSM, HIIT training includes "short bouts of intense exercise followed by a brief rest period". They are usually 30 minutes or less, although they can be longer. But the most important thing is a fast and very efficient training. The best part? You can try HIIT training right in your living room .
. 4 Fitness Programs for Older Adults
As the age of the population increases, it only makes sense for fitness to age with us. These programs "underscore and fit the fitness needs of the baby boom and older generations," says the ACSM. This is wise, considering that training is a great way to maintain bone density and muscle mass as you get older, and to take advantage of the many other health benefits that being active bring.
. 5 Body Weight Training
This modality only uses your body weight (push ups and planks) to sweat. We are big fans of No-Equipment or Home Improvement since they are extremely convenient – great for anytime, anywhere. And good, they work. Your body itself is really a great resistance training.
. 6 Employment of Certified Fitness Professionals
With the growth of the fitness industry, the recruitment of qualified professionals is becoming increasingly important. ACSM predicts that next year, as in the previous year, the industry will continue to hire senior professionals accredited by "education programs and certification programs that are fully licensed to health / fitness professionals." Please no snake oil here.
. 7 Yoga
The old practice has been on the list for many years. ACSM notes that yoga has taken many forms in 2018, such as "Power Yoga, Yogilates, Yoga in Hot Environments" and more. Now that we've seen goat yoga who knows what other forms of yoga has the future?
. 8 Personal Training
ACSM defines personal training as a "fitness test and goal setting with a trainer working one to one with a client." It was one of the top 10 trends since the survey began 13 years ago, but now there are innovative iterations like the online Personal Training to make it even more accessible.
. 9 Functional Fitness Training
One of the most practical items on the list of functional fitness training is training to "improve balance, coordination, strength and endurance and to improve the activities of daily life." For example, a squat is a functional exercise because it can mimic the movements required to bend down and pick something off the ground. According to ACSM, this trend is increasing in part, also thanks to the increasing fitness programs for older adults.
10th Exercise is Medicine
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is an ACSM-developed global health initiative that encourages healthcare providers to bring their patients to a training program and to analyze physical activity as part of their regular check-ups. Since the survey was sent primarily to ACSM members and members, this is a self-selecting pool.
Some of our favorite trends have not cracked the top 10, but that's not the case It does not make them any less worth talking about (and trying at home). At # 14, mobility / myofascial devices will increase from # 15 in 2018 to # 20 in the previous year. foam rollers is not only for professional athletes; It is a popular recovery method that uses many exercise machines to release tense muscles and increase your range of motion. "Outdoor Activities" (# 17) is also on the rise for next year. The trend is self-explanatory. It includes activities such as group walks, group bike tours or hiking trips. Whether it's "trendy" or not, at it's always a bad thing to climb a mountain.
As ACSM explains, this list represents general trends that may be missing regional specific trends (such as hip-hop yoga) or ax throwing) that are on the rise in your hometown. Trends such as virtual training / online training, boutique fitness studios, bootcamp and mixed martial arts were included in the survey this year. However, none of them is ranked among the top 20. Trends that may seem popular, such as: Circuit weight training, core training, and sports-specific training all fell out of the top 20 this year.
As 2019 approaches, we'll wait and see how these predictions falter.