According to the American College of Sports Medicine, one of the principal fitness trends involves nothing more than your own body weight.
ACSM asked 3,346 corporate, clinical, community, commercial and academic health and fitness experts to answer the question, what is likely to make up the most popular fitness trends in 2013. The participants discussed emerging trends and whether or not last years’ trendy programs continued to be appealing. The survey listed 37 possible choices and the specialists rated the top 20.
This year’s ‘it’ fitness programs include a blend of new ways to sweat it out as well as some previous fitness regimens. Body weight training, a technique that uses your body’s weight as the foundation of resistance for strength training and muscle endurance. Spinning and Pilates, however, were less popular.
“[Older trends] are coming back, and some are coming back and safer.” says ACSM’s national director of certification, Dick Cotton.
The most universally used exercises in body weight training entail push-ups and crunches, which require very little, if any, equipment. Although some brands like TRX systems, have banked on its attractiveness by creating suspension training equipment, many boot camp-style classes are promoting the use of everyday objects, which fitness experts hope will help lower the hurdles to exercising regularly.
Staying away from expensive specialized equipment is a plus, says Cotton.
Here is the full list of the top 10 fitness trends of 2013 from ACSM:
1. Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals
2. Strength Training
3. Body Weight Training
4. Children and Obesity Related Exercise
5. Exercise and Weight Loss
6. Fitness Programs for Older Adults
7. Personal Training
8. Functional Fitness
9. Core Training
10. Group Personal
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