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Fitness pros rank top trends for 2013

Worldwide survey of fitness trends

Jan. 9, 2013
 
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1. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals. The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that in 2010, there were approximately 251,400 fitness trainers employed in the United States. It projects that by 2020, that number will increase to 311,800, up 29 percent in 10 years.

2. Strength training. This trend calls for both men and women to incorporate strength training into their exercise routines or to use it as the primary form of exercise.

3. Body weight training.

4. Children and obesity. More focus on exercise programs aimed specifically at the problem of childhood obesity.

5. Exercise and weight loss. The combination of exercise and weight loss is a trend toward incorporating all weight-loss programs with sensible exercise programs.

6. Fitness programs for older adults.

7. Personal training.

8. Functional fitness. Functional fitness is often used in clinical programs to imitate activities done around the home.

9. Core training. It stresses strength and conditioning of the stabilizing muscles of the abdomen, thorax, and back. Core training often uses stability balls, BOSU balls, wobble boards, foam rollers, and other pieces of equipment.

10. Group personal training. Training two or three people at the same time in a small group seems to make good economic sense for both the trainer and the clients.


2013 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends- Based on 3,346 responses to Survey Monkey online questions sent to health and fitness professionals from just about every continent, including Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, North America, and South America.

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