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Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2013

Posted Nov 28 2012 10:00am

Did you miss it?… The Annual ACSM Fitness Survey is out! So your saying tell us  whats hot!! Well just forget about all the fancy fitness equipment. Your body is the only equipment your gonna need for one of the hottest New/Old fitness trends: Body-Weight Workouts.

This years survey of fitness trends shows body-weight training, including some back-to-basics exercises like planks, push-ups and pull-ups, is expected to be one of the top 10 fitness trends of 2013.

We’ve been using own own body weight for centuries as a form of resistance training. But this is the first time body weight exercising has made it into the trend survey.  Some gyms are even packaging it as part of exercise programs. It cost you nothing but time and space so anyone can do it.

So get on with it you say! OK!
According to the survey, the top 10 fitness trends predicted for 2013 are:
  1. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals takes the top spot in 2013 for the sixth consecutive year. —  And with jobs for fitness workers expected to rise faster than the average for all other occupations, according to the U.S. Labor Department ( , cited on July 27, 2012). The importance of obtaining certification through academic accreditation is now highly recognized by the fitness industry. 
  2. Strength training —  No. 2 for the second year in a row, strength training continues to be a strong (get it strong I make me laugh) trend. Now that everyone knows its not just for body building alone, people are now incorporating in some form to improve or maintain muscle strength.
  3.  Body-weight training — Body-weight exercises using little to no equipment and using exercises like planks, pull-ups, push-ups and squats. Example Workout ( Another Mad Body Weight Workout
  4.  Children and obesity — Exercise programs aimed at the problem of childhood obesity are also a major fitness trend. Schools are increasingly partnering with commercial and community-based physical activity programs to prevent and treat rising childhood obesity rates.
  5.  Exercise and weight loss — Consistently a top fitness trend, researchers say most popular diet plans now incorporate exercise to encourage weight loss. Example Workout ( Weight Loss For Beginners )
  6. Fitness programs for older adults —  The baby boom generation is growing older and living longer. Physicians are recommending that these patients enroll in some form of physical activity, thus more opportunities for physical fitness are being provided
  7. Personal training — As more personal trainers are becoming certified, they are becoming more accessible in a variety of settings, such as corporate wellness, community-based, and medical fitness programs.
  8.  Functional fitness — Researchers define functional fitness as using strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to perform activities of daily living. Functional fitness programs are designed to reflect actual activities done as a function of daily living and are often used in fitness programs for older adults. Example Workout ( Mad Plyometrics )
  9. Core training —Core training stresses strength and conditioning of the stabilizing muscles of the abdomen, thorax, and back. It typically includes exercises of the hips, lower back, and abdomen, all of which provide support for the spine and thorax. Exercising core muscles improves overall stability of the trunk and transfers that to the extremities, enabling the individual to meet the demands for activities of daily living and sports performance. Researchers say exercising the core muscles in the hips, lower back, and abdomen improves overall stability for daily activities and sports performance. Example Workout ( Mad Core 2 )
  10.  Group personal training —Group training is great for the budget-conscious. With the economic times being hard for both trainers and clients have become necessary.  This allows groups to have a discounted rate, while still giving the trainer a full schedule of clients.
This survey was completed by 3,346 health and fitness professionals worldwide and appears in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal October 29, 2012 To read the whole survey go to ACSM Health & Fitness

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