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2020 is here! The start of this new year (and new decade) offers us a chance to reflect on both the past and the future. Is your fitness facility keeping up with the latest trends that will appeal to your exercisers?
Ready for a quick run-down of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for this year? Let’s get started!
#1. Wearable Technology
It’s hard to avoid the presence of wearable technology these days. Smart watches, heart rate monitors, fitness trackers, and GPS tracking devices appeal to a wide audience, from those just beginning their fitness journey by counting steps and tracking sleep, to seasoned athletes who record every single workout to analyze their performance over time.
ACSM Past President Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, says “Wearable tech has become ingrained in today’s culture, and the industry shows no signs of slowing down. Tech advances have made it easier than ever for users to collect important health metrics and work with fitness professionals and health care providers to improve exercise efficiency, develop healthy lifestyles, manage chronic diseases and, ultimately, increase quality of life.”
Unsurprisingly, the HIIT style of training remains a popular trend in the fitness industry. In 30 minutes or less, exercisers can achieve an efficient, results-driven workout of high-intensity exercise followed by short rest breaks. HIIT training incorporates strength training, cardiovascular exercise, or a mix of the two, and can be done solo or as part of a group training class.
#3. Group Training
Similar to #2 on the ACSM list, group training involves five or more participants in a variety of workouts and exercise styles led by an instructor.
Strength and toning class, yoga, indoor cycling, barre – these classes are everywhere, and with good reason. Group training programs are designed to be effective for people of different fitness levels, creating a highly motivating environment that holds them accountable and helps foster a tribe-like mentality.
#4. Training with Free Weights
New to the 2020 survey is the more specific category of free weight training – the previous category of strength training was deemed too broad. Free weight training includes free weights, dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells, and medicine balls. This style of training can be done individually or as a class.
The emphasis of free weight training is on ensuring proper form for each exercise. Once form is mastered, resistance and new exercises are added to build progressively.
#5. Personal Training
Since the ACSM survey was first published in 2006, personal training has been among the top ten trends. Tried and true, this style of training involves one-on-one sessions among trainers and clients, where specific workouts are prescribed to help the client reach their unique needs and goals. Over the years, personal training has grown from being in-club to being available in-home, at workplaces, and 24/7 online. Personal training is used for both strength and cardio training.
This blog comes from our fitness partners at Precor and was written by Katie, a self-proclaimed food connoisseur who loves playing in the great outdoors, traveling, and learning new things.