The beginning of the year often shows a surge in sign-ups for gym or health club memberships. With New Year’s resolutions still fresh and motivation still high, a lot of people are eager to work on their health and fitness goals. How many will stick to their workout routines is another story. But with several options on how to keep fit to choose from those who are committed enough to follow through improve their chances of getting the results they want. Here are some of the top fitness trends that we can expect according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2017.
Wearable technology has been around in the past few years. But if you think that it has seen its heydays, think again! Expect to see more and improved versions of fitness trackers and other types of wearable tech. These gadgets that come with features like distance trackers and heart monitors among others are increasingly becoming a favorite among those who want to keep track and get a better read of their fitness goals and progress.
Body weight training
Ranked number two in the survey, body weight training has become a fitness trend in recent years. It may only have become popular in the past three years or so as some fitness centers started incorporating it in their programs. But it is a type of workout that has been around for many years. It is a great workout option for people who prefer or require little or no equipment and may only have a small space to do some exercises. There is a wide range of body weight exercises that include planks, push-ups, squats, and more to choose from and could provide a good workout if done correctly and properly.
High-intensity interval training
HIIT workouts are not going away anytime soon or at least in 2017. Expect to see this type of workout not just in fitness boot camps or CrossFit workouts. Many gyms and health clubs around the world have been offering this type of workouts to their clients. While there have been concerns about increased risk of injury among those who do this, the benefits of doing high-intensity exercises in short bursts still appeal to many. If you are thinking of adding HIIT to your list of options and still unfamiliar with how to do it properly, it is best to work with a certified fitness professional first to learn the proper ways of doing it.
Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals
A growing number of people are becoming more selective in choosing personal trainers. Competence is often measured not only by knowledge and skills but also with appropriate certification or accreditation, and relevant experience. This prompts fitness professionals or personal trainers to aim for continual improvement and getting the right accreditation to stay on top of their game.