US News did an article in January predicting the 2014 Fitness Trends: What's In, What's Out. I thought it would be fun to check out how the predictions have panned out!
#1-HIIT-High Intensity Interval Training-I am all for this one as long as people use good form. Who doesn't love doing burpees??? Disclaimer: It is so easy to get injured doing the high intensity activities, so use good form and make sure you stop if it gets too intense!!
#2-Body Weight Training-I'm on board for this one too. Free and a great workout!! Pushups, pullups, etc. I like to combine body weight exercises into my HIIT workouts for a little cardio mixed in with strength training. This is a tough full body workout that requires no equipment.
#3-Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals. According to the article the trainer industry is expected to grow by 24% by 2020. It is a great thing and a dangerous thing all at once. I have heard so many people say that they want to be a trainer or wellness coach when they begin their fitness / wellness journey. It is natural to be on a high and want to bring others with you. The problem is that this drive fades, and what works for you might not work for everyone else. I personally love sharing my journey, but in no way to I claim that what I do will work for you. I'm pretty sure that wine-loading instead of carb-loading before a race is not for everyone!! This article predicts more regulations and restrictions in the industry.
#4-Functional Fitness-I'm not sure I get this one. Here is the description: The functional fitness solution: an upper-body strength training program geared toward lifting and carrying heavy bags. Huh?
#5-Fitness Programs for Older Adults-This makes me think of my future father in law. He hired a trainer and she makes him do all kinds of fun exercises. We even got him to do a burpee before walking his daughter down the aisle last year. Isn't this what Richard Simmons has been trying to do for years?!?!
#6-Exercise Programs for kids-This is a hot topic. I am not a parent, so knowing how to handle childhood obesity is not something that I have any expertise or advice on. I know it is an issue and something should be done, so having a fun way for kids to play and exercise seems like a great thing!!!
#7-Group Personal Training-What a great way to get some 1x1 attention and advice from a trainer and spend some QT with friends. Plus, if you are crazy competitive like me, you will push harder!!!
Now for what's out-per US News. Pilates, Zumba and Spinning. I disagree on spinning. I think there is still a lot of people who like to do spinning and it is a great workout.
Overall-the list was pretty good and pretty interesting.
What is your favorite fitness trend in 2014?
Do you agree with this list of what's in and what's out?