Ever wonder if your exercise routine is a bit out of date? Let’s do a quick check—are you wearing legwarmers? No? Then carry on.
As times change, some training techniques lose ground, while others never seem to disappear. Every year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) announces what fitness trends are expected to be the most popular around the world. Now that we’re a few months into 2015, let’s see what ACSM predicted for the year to see if their crystal ball is working.
When creating their list of predicted fitness trends, ACSM pulled together 39 international health and fitness trends and asked 3,403 fitness professionals to rate each on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being most likely to be a trend). The intention here isn’t to capture “fads”— which might be popular for a year and then fade away—but instead to capture trends which might stay on the list for years to come.
Here are the top 10 trends the ACSM has predicted for 2015:
1. Body weight training
2. High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
3. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals
4. Strength training (using weights to improve strength)
5. Personal training
6. Exercise and weight loss (combining a diet with exercise)
8. Fitness programs for older adults
9. Functional fitness (improve fitness components you use in every day life, i.e. balance)
10. Group personal training
If you’re wondering why home fitness isn’t on this list, keep in mind that, depending on your program, it likely fits into one or more of the above trends. For instance, FOCUS T25 is mostly all body weight training, while INSANITY MAX:30 could be incorporated into both the body weight training and the HIIT category. It will be interesting to see if any new trends come up this year that they haven’t predicted. Especially considering that just a few years ago, body weight training wasn’t even on the list.
What trend do you think might hit this year that is missing from the top 10?