Once again, High Intensity Interval Training, also known as HIIT, looks set to be the biggest fitness trend of the year.
The Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2018 surveyed more than 4,000 fitness professionals to reveal the top 20 trends for the year with HIIT coming out on top.
“High intensity interval training has been a consistently high-ranking trend on the forecast in recent years, appearing in the top three since 2014,” American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) president Walter R. Thompson said.
However, concerns are still associated with the form of exercise, with the main one being the rate of injury.
“Even though survey respondents warned of a relatively higher risk of injury associated with HIIT, it continues to be very popular in gyms across the world.” Thompson said.
But he played down the injury concerns.
“HIIT offers participants a good workout that can be done without a lot of time or equipment,” he continued.
“Research shows that with proper precautions, like working with a certified personal trainer, HIIT can be a safe, effective and fun way to exercise.”
It’s important to ensure you know how to correctly perform each exercise. Being aware of your body and any limitations is also key when it comes to preventing injury, or even aches and pains.
So, while the big HIIT class sessions are great for some, they are not so great for others. As with any form of exercise, it’s not a case of one size fits all.
Check out the top 10 fitness trends for 2018, according to the survey:
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
“HIIT involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, these exercise programs are usually performed in less than 30 minutes.”
“Group exercise instructors teach, lead and motivate individuals though intentionally designed group exercise classes. Group programs are designed to be motivational and effective for people at different fitness levels, with instructors using leadership techniques that help individuals in their classes achieve fitness goals.”
“Includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices.”
Body Weight Training
“Body weight training uses minimal equipment, making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness.”
“Strength training remains a central emphasis for many health clubs. Incorporating strength training is an essential part of a complete exercise program for all physical activity levels and genders. (The other essential components are aerobic exercise and flexibility.)”
Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals
“Given the large number of organizations offering health and fitness certifications, it’s important that consumers choose professionals certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), such as those offered by ACSM. ACSM is one of the largest and most prestigious fitness-certification organisations in the world.”
“Based on ancient tradition, yoga utilises a series of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation. This includes Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and others.”
“More and more students are majoring in kinesiology, which indicates that they are preparing themselves for careers in allied health fields such as personal training. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers have become increasingly important to the health and fitness facilities that employ them.”
Fitness Programs for Older Adults
“As the baby boom generation ages into retirement, some of these people have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts. Therefore, many health and fitness professionals are taking the time to create age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active.”
“This is a trend toward using strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living. Functional fitness and special fitness programs for older adults are closely related.”