Fitness trends can be tricky to predict, but the ACSM’s Worldwide Trends Survey usually does a pretty good job. Top of the list for 2018 is tough but effective high intensity interval training (HIIT).
Last year we highlighted a shift towards more minimalist fitness – something that’s become even more evident in the latest survey. Activities that don’t require any special equipment (such as yoga, functional, HIIT, and body weight training) all feature in the top 10.
However equipment-based activities (like indoor cycling, stability ball workouts, and suspension training) are nowhere to be seen. Even the popularity of wearable technology seems to be declining, dropping from the top spot to #3 this year. Perhaps the allure of stylish smartwatches and GPS trackers is starting to fade, as people question how effective they actually are for achieving goals.
Fitness Trends – Minimalism & Millennials
This overall trend wasn’t highlighted in the survey analysis, but seems to mirror a larger cultural shift towards simpler living. The tiny house movement, minimalist product design, and preferences for real food over processed, all reflect our desire for a simpler lifestyle.
It also appears to reflect millennial preferences towards personalisation and experiences over material things – as demonstrated by the rise of boutique studios. This is hardly surprising given that fitness pros aged 22-34 were the biggest number of respondents to the survey.
Since the full survey write-up is several thousand words long, we thought we’d summarise the results into a handy infographic. It provides an overview of the top 10 fitness trends for 2018 – feel free to share with anyone who might find it useful…
So there you have a summarised version of the ACSM fitness trends survey results. You might now be wondering what didn’t make the top trends… Well, the exercise is medicine program, exercise and weight loss, indoor cycling, Zumba classes, and sports-specific training were all notably absent. Perhaps most surprising though, was that exercise programs for overweight and obese children were no longer featured. With childhood obesity on the increase, it’s a little concerning that the focus on supporting this area seems to be declining. However fitness programs for older adults did make it into the top 10, as the baby boomer generation is reaching retirement and looking for ways to stay active.
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