Top 10 fitness trends for 2018

January 02, 2018 | by Carol Teteak, M.S.
Categories: Healthy Driven Life

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) surveyed over 4,000 Fitness Professionals to forecast the fitness trends for 2018 and here are the top 10:

  1. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): In the top 3 since 2014, HIIT can be a very effective and efficient form of exercise. Performed with or without equipment and requiring only 30 minutes or less, it can be very taxing on the body so we recommend getting guidance from a certified personal trainer before starting.

  2. Group Training: Designed to be cost effective and format specific, Group Training can fit the needs of many fitness levels simultaneously while promoting camaraderie and fun!

  3. Wearable Technology: Dropping from the #1 spot for 2017, this is still a hot buy and a great gift idea! From tracking steps and heart rate to listening to music and mapping runs, this tech comes in watch, clips and clothing form.

  4. Body Weight Training: Get back to the basics by using your own body weight to reach your fitness goals. You can perform cardio, strength, flexibility and neuromuscular exercises without equipment — making it the cheapest way to work out!

  5. Strength Training: Needed to maintain bone density, increase lean muscle mass, lose weight and improve joint strength, this form of training is a must for both men and women alike!

  6. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals: Always make sure you are getting advice and guidance from a qualified fitness professional to assure program safety and effectiveness. All EEHF personal trainers and group exercise instructors are nationally certified by accredited organizations and our fitness specialists also hold degrees in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, Physiology, or similar health-related fields!

  7. Yoga: Based on ancient traditions, yoga uses a series of specific postures and poses to aid in health and relaxation. Styles include Flow, Power, Bikram, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga.

  8. Personal Training: Whether seeking a trainer to help reach health and fitness goals through personalized programming or seeking employment as a trainer due to a passion for the industry, be sure education, experience, certification and accreditation tops the list when hiring one or becoming one!

  9. Fitness Programs for Older Adults: The baby boomer generation wants to remain active and healthy into their later years. The experts at EEHF have created specialized programming to fit all their needs, such as Fitness for Senior Populations, Falls Prevention for Senior Populations and our ‘Energized’ Group Exercise classes. Learn more.

  10. Functional Fitness: Training created to help improve movement and performance in life or sport, this form of fitness typically includes strength and neuromuscular exercises such as agility, coordination, balance and power.

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