The 10 Biggest Fitness Trends of 2018

The 10 Biggest Fitness Trends of 2018

While there’s no “right” way to get sweaty, there’s no question that fitness trends can influence how people work out. And with the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual survey, we’re getting a look at what’s going to be big this year. They’ve pinpointed the top fitness trends of 2018 to watch for, and chances are, if you haven’t gotten in on any of them yet, you just might soon.

The 10 Biggest Fitness Trends of 2018
Published in the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, more than 4,000 fitness professionals (including trainers, exercise physiologists, and fitness directors) gave their thoughts on the trends they think will be big in 2018. The survey respondents represented organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, National Council on Strength and Fitness, and The Cooper Institute. The responses were international, too, coming from 41 countries across the world and nearly every continent.
Here are the top 10 fitness trends of 2018, according to the pros—and what you need to know about each one.
1. High-Intensity Interval Training
2. Group Training
3. Wearable Technology
4. Bodyweight Training
5. Strength Training
Strength training has been a strong trend since the first year of the survey.According to the ACSM. And with good reason: Strength training is an extremely important element of any fitness routine. Strength training helps prevent the age-related decline of muscle mass, keeps your bones and heart healthy, and helps prevent pain and injury in everyday life. Muscle mass also plays a role in maintaining a healthy metabolism (although it won’t drastically increase the number of calories your body burns at rest).
6. Educated, Certified, and Experienced Fitness Professionals

The 10 Biggest Fitness Trends of 2018
7. Yoga
While yoga has landed on the trends list for many years, it moved up one spot in 2018. Devoted practicers credit yoga with mental clarity and stress management, and it’s also a great workout for improving flexibility and balance (which are important to an overall fitness routine). Depending on the style, it can also help build muscle strength and endurance.
8. Personal Training
9. Fitness Programs for Older Adults
10. Functional Fitness

The 10 Biggest Fitness Trends of 2018
Think of functional training as training for life, whether you’re hauling boxes into a new home or reaching up to grab a suitcase from the overhead bin on a plane.

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