Fitness Trends 2016

2016 is just around the corner, which equals New Year resolutions for lots of people. Many of these New Year resolutions probably have something to do with a desire to improve health and/or fitness. Therefore, this post will focus on the fitness trends for 2016.

Thompson (2015) found in the American College of Sports Medicine's annual Worldwide Fitness Trend survey that wearable technology is predicted to be the biggest fitness trend in 2016. This includes activity trackers, GPS tracking devices, smart watches and heart rate monitors (on a side note the wearable technology market is estimated to approach a whooping $6 billion by 2016). The runner up in the survey is body weight training, which is so much more these days than just push ups. Gymnastic training such as calisthenics is very impressive as it requires extreme body control, it primarily consists of body weight training, it is seen at many gyms and parks these days. The third trend to watch out for is High Intensity Interval Training also know as HIIT, which is popular as it typically takes less than 30 minutes but you still perform with high-intensity (here are some ideas for HIIT). Number four on the list is strength training, so be sure to pick up the dumbbells the next time you hit the gym.

The Top 20 Worldwide Fitness Trends for 2016 are as follows:

  1. Wearable technology
  2. Body Weight training
  3. High-Intensity Interval training (HIIT)
  4. Strength training
  5. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals
  6. Personal training
  7. Functional fitness
  8. Fitness programs for older adults
  9. Exercise and weight loss
  10. Yoga
  11. Group personal training
  12. Worksite health promotion
  13. Wellness coaching
  14. Outdoor activities
  15. Sport-specific training
  16. Flexibility and mobility rollers
  17. Smart phone exercise apps
  18. Circuit training
  19. Core training
  20. Outcome measurements

I am hoping that 2016 will be the year where I get to participate in Denmark's Ninja Warrior. I already have my Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire Rose Gold (check #1 Wearable technology) on, and it's no secret that my training program includes most of the other Top 20 trends as well, so I am READY for the 2016 Fitness Trends - HAPPY NEW YEAR.

About the survey:
The survey is conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine and published in ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal. The respondents come from all over the world and 24% of them are personal trainers.

Thompson, W.R., Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends For 2016, ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal, 2015


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