2015 Top Fitness Trends

By Liz Montes

Every year one of the leading fitness institutes releases its survey on fitness trends for 2015. It is to be published in the November/December issue of The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health and Fitness Journal. As a trainer it is important to stay abreast of not only what’s driving the fitness market but the results of those trends. The ACSM does a great job of staying in contact with health and fitness professionals and every year sends us a survey of how we see fitness evolving. The truth is we are the ones on the front line, so to speak. We are in touch with what people are into, what they like, and what they think benefits them most.

If you are one of the growing number of people I see doing squats, lunges, pushups, and planks then you are a huge part of that trend; people becoming more interested in the latest in fitness.

The survey is in its ninth year and sends out more than 3,400 surveys to health and fitness experts across many countries, incorporating various fitness environments. Walter Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the study, states that it is no surprise to any of us that once again body weight training leads the survey. It is definitely what I see. This type of training is where I have seen the best results in clients in my gym; they become more confident, stronger, and fitter faster. These exercises also add a great deal of energy to their workouts.

Here are the top 10 fitness trends based on the survey we were requested to participate in:

1. Body Weight Training: Body weight training is hard. It requires little to no equipment, making it easier for some to incorporate into their workout programs. It involves all the oldies but goodies, such as push-ups and pull-ups. It is a back-to-basics type of training; many of these exercises we did as kids out on the playgrounds of grade school during recess or P.E.

2. High Intensity Training: Short bursts of activity followed by short rests. These training programs generally last only 30 minutes. Very fast and very effective if you can stand the intensity.

3. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals: It’s becoming more important to choose an experienced, educated fitness professional to lead you through your programs and help prevent injuries, which are also on the rise. Find one that is certified, trained, and educated. ACSM is one of the largest, most prestigious and most influential fitness education organizations in the world.

4. Strength Training: Strength training is still the base of any good fitness program, and remains the central emphasis of many gyms. It is an essential part of any complete exercise program and everyone, regardless of age or gender, should be participating in some type of strength training program designed for them.

5. Personal Training: Many qualified personal trainers’ education and training are in kinesiology. One of the trends we see now are more people majoring and preparing themselves for careers in allied health fields such as personal training which include kinesiology.

6. Weight Loss Nutritionist: Aside from exercise the other key component is nutrition. Health and fitness professionals who can provide weight loss programs for the growing numbers of overweight and obese clients offer a double value. With weight gain increases around the globe and no end in sight, this is a key element to fitness in 2015.

7. Yoga: Based on ancient tradition, yoga incorporates a series of different movements and body postures for health and relaxation, including Power Yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Sivananda, and others.

8. Fitness Programs for Older Adults: Many of the retiring baby boom generation have discretionary funds and would like to live a healthy and active lifestyle until their later years. There are numerous facilities in the US (including ours) that have special programs designed for the 55-plus group.

9. Functional Fitness: Functional fitness and programs for older adults are very similar. There is a great deal of balance and core work involved.

10. Group Personal Training: In difficult economic times, training a group of two to four persons makes sense for everyone.

These are the fitness trends for 2015. Now is a good time to start thinking of how you will incorporate some of these into your New Year’s resolutions list.


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