The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has come up with the fitness trends to watch out for in 2011. Some exercise programs like Pilates, which was ranked 9th a year ago has fallen off the charts. This may be due to economic problems. Pilates needs intensive training and specialized equipment. This list was based on an online survey of 2,200 respondents and was published in the ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal.
Most states contemplate the licensing of personal trainers and most organizations offer certifications. There is a growing trend towards professionalization of fitness trainers. There is also a need for fitness programs designed for the elderly. Fitness trainers take the time to make workouts more personalized and appropriate for the client’s physical capacity. Next is strength training which has been a mainstay for many years. Not surprising. Strength training prevents both weight gain and some degenerative diseases. This trend is followed by the need to address childhood obesity. Seventeen percent of American children are overweight or obese. Addressing this problem today can prevent further health problems down the road.
Another trend is the interest of college students in kinesiology. They are expected to get into allied professions such as fitness and personal training. Core training with its focus on the pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen comes next. Respondents want nutritional suggestions together with exercise advice too. People know that good health is not only a product of consistent physical activity. It is a combination of sound nutritional advice and proper exercise. Boot camps have made it to the list. This high intensity program is popular because it combines cardio, strength, endurance and flexibility trainings.
Functional fitness focuses on strength training to improve balance and coordination. This helps people execute activities of daily living easily. Doctor referrals make it easier to integrate exercise into the lives of clients. People usually rely on medical professionals for health advice. Coming from them, exercise becomes more credible as a therapeutic option which it is. This trend supports the “Exercise is Medicine” movement of the ACSM and the American Medical Association.
A need for more reliable exercise advice is a growing concern of the population. Baby boomers and obese children need a program specifically designed for them. The inclusion of strength training, core training and functional fitness are not surprising. People would like to benefit from exercise and fitness in more practical ways.