The Top 10 Fitness Trends

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Halloween candy is in the bargain bin and holiday sales are on the horizon, which means it’s time to start thinking about 2019. For fitness professionals, that means anticipating what the top exercise trends will be next year. To get an idea of what’s in store for the future, the American College of Sports Medicine surveyed thousands of fitness professionals about health and fitness trends via an electronic questionnaire. The results went public this week in ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal.

Respondents were asked to rank 39 possible trends—25 of which were trends from previous years—from 1 (least likely to be a trend) to 10 (most likely to be a trend). ACSM received 2,038 responses from across the globe, from ACSM-certified professionals, subscribers to FIT (their content digest), and more. This is the 13th year of ACSM’s annual survey, and each time around, it hones in more specifically on the nuances of the industry. (Last year, for example, the survey asked participants about “dance workouts.” This year, the question was specified to “dance-based workouts,” to phase out the workouts where dance isn’t the primary form of exercise.) The point is to give every establishment from gyms to businesses to corporate wellness programs an understanding of what’s going on in the industry. If you’re passionate about working out, it’s probably interesting intel for you, too.

1. Wearable Technology

Wearable technology, like smart watches, fitness trackers, heart monitors, and more, has ranked in the ACSM’s top three trends every year since 2016. The merging of fitness and tech shows no signs of going anywhere, so expect to see even more ways to track and monitor your fitness in 2019.

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