Top Fitness Trends
Jan 30, 2012
The fitness industry is one of the fastest growing industries today. And it has continued to be over the last 20+ years. Americans are heavier, less fit, and unhealthier more than ever. Thus giving rise to a myriad of fitness, nutrition, and weight loss solutions. Some good. Some not so good.
The American College of Sports Medicine released it's survey results for the top fitness trends of 2012.
I listed a few of the top 20 here with my comments. (feel free to add your own comments, the comments listed below are from Owner Tim Chudy in St. Louis)
Educated and experienced fitness professionals.
This trend will never fade. Trainers aren't looked upon just for the Hollywood elite anymore. Trainers are for everyone. Just as plumbers, accountants, and dentists are too. Smart people seek solutions to their problems from experts.
Jack LaLanne and Au-nold helped introduce this to the American landscape. It's changed a bit but the foundation is still the same.
Fitness programs for older adults.
Research shows baby boomers to have made more income leaps than any other generation before. You can retire with all the money in the world, but if you can't enjoy the fruits of it then what's the use? And you don't take any of that money with you when you die. Think about it... if you've managed to create financial independence then you
want to travel, be active and get out and do things. Your health and fitness is vital for that.
Exercise and weight loss.
As I've said before, you can't outwork a bad diet. You need both diet AND exercise to lose weight - that’s why Nutrition Together combined with our 1:1 or PACK training is so effective.
Children and obesity.
I've talked about this many times before. And my conversations with our clients that are pediatricians only bring home this problem even more. This problem continues to grow (no pun intended) and must be addressed. Consider a family PACK session, where your entire family can get fit together.
With the majority of Americans suffering from back pain this is a BIG area of emphasis for us. We sit in front of a computer all day, are less active day to day, and have bigger waistlines. All of these contribute to poor core strength, bad posture, and back pain. It can be one of the easiest fixes... IF it's done correctly.
Group personal training.
We realized this trend and is the very reason why we launched our Small Group Personal Training program with huge success last month. The same components of our traditional one-on-one programs, but with the energy, fun, and SAVINGS of a small group.
This type of training has exploded over the past few years. It's seeped its way into all areas of fitness. Functional training is ideal for the golfer wanting to improve his stroke to the stay at home mom wanting strength and mobility to carry kids and groceries.
ACSM lists these as trends, but some will NEVER die. Any successful fitness program should consist of strength training, cardio training, and nutrition. Versions and modifications of these will come and go. But the foundation will never change. Real lasting results come from those three. Our proprietary systems work in harmony, utilizing the most current science for a complete fitness solution:
● Aspire 8 resistance training program utilizes personal assessments, functional cross-muscular training approaches, and periodization techniques to change things up for continued results.*
● Cardio Together offers a customized cardio prescription that combines fartlek, interval, and tempo workouts with a focus on exercise frequency, intensity, duration and progression to achieve maximum results.*
● Nutrition Together offers an educational and accountability framework to improve your eating lifestyle. By eating the right foods, the right portions and the right frequency, along with our other programs the results are truly amazing.*