Top fitness trends for 2017

Wearable technology has retained the number one spot, as the top fitness trend of 2017, according to a worldwide survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). More than 1,800 health and fitness professionals from across the globe took part in the survey to reveal trends in a variety of fitness environments. The ACSM have used this data to forecast the leading trends for the year ahead.


The top 20 trends for 2017 are:

  1. Wearable technology – activity trackers, heart rate monitors, GPS tracking devices and smart eye glasses;
  2. Body weight training – exercises such as push-ups and pull-ups that are inexpensive and use minimal equipment;
  3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT)- short bursts of intensive exercise followed by short periods of rest and recovery;
  4. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals – accredited educational programmes taught at colleges, universities and other training providers;
  5. Strength training – most commonly using weights to improve strength;
  6. Group training – exercise classes where instructors teach, lead and motivate groups of five or more;
  7. Exercise is Medicine® – a global initiative for primary healthcare professionals to include physical activity in treatment plans for patients and to make referrals to exercise professionals;
  8. Yoga – in its various forms, including power yoga, yogalates, and bikram yoga;
  9. Personal training – including community-based, commercial, corporate and medical programmes, as well as those who are self-employed or work independently;
  10. Exercise and weight loss – exercise within specific weight-loss programmes;
  11. Fitness programs for older adults – age appropriate, safe exercise programmes;
  12. Functional fitness – using strength training to improve balance, force, power, coordination and endurance to enhance daily living;
  13. Outdoor activities – examples include sport, hiking, kayaking and mountain climbing;
  14. Group personal training – a trainer aims to give the same level of service as in one-to-one sessions but in groups of two to four;
  15. Wellness coaching – integrating behavioural-change science with health promotion, disease prevention, and rehabilitation;
  16. Worksite health promotion – workplace programmes to improve the health and well-being of employees;
  17. Smartphone exercise apps – a wide range of apps are available, monitoring progress and helping people achieve personal fitness goals;
  18. Outcome measurements – using measurable results to prove selected programmes are effective;
  19. Circuit training – similar to HIIT but at a lower intensity, typically involving 10 predertimed exercises completed in succession; and
  20. Flexibility and mobility rollers – including deep tissue rollers, myofascial release and trigger-point relief.

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