Top Fitness Trend for 2014
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) was just crowned the top fitness trend for 2014. This is the first time that HIIT took the number one spot according to the American College of Sports Medicine survey. Also called burst training, the activity involves short period of high heart rate intensity followed by short periods of rest and recovery. Most sessions are less than 30 minutes in elapsed time for the stress:recovery circuits.
Following HIIT workouts in the sequential order of other fitness trends are:
1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
2. Body Weight Training: Body weight training uses minimal equipment and isn’t limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness.
3. Certified Fitness Professional: It’s important that consumers choose professionals certified through qualified programs.
4. Strength Training. Strength training remains a central emphasis along with aerobic exercise and flexibility components.
5. Exercise and Weight Loss. Exercise is a key component of a proper weight loss program which should include regular exercise and caloric restriction for better weight control.
6. Personal Training Services. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers have become increasingly important to the health and fitness facilities that employ them.
7. Fitness Programs for Older Adults. As the baby boom generation ages into retirement programs, age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active are growing in popularity.
8. Functional Fitness. This is a trend toward using strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living.
9. Small Group Personal Training. Growing in popularity, personal trainers are offering more group training options. Training two or three people at a time makes economic sense for the trainer and the clients.
10. Yoga. Based on ancient tradition, yoga utilizes a series of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation. Some types of yoga include: Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and others.
Join me and the Heart Zones Training Master and Certified Trainers and the ZONING Fitness Specialists at the 2014 Heart Zones Conference “Get Hooked on Training” March 29, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA or from the convenience of your home, fitness facility, or delayed broadcast. One of the featured keynote lecture by the past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, Carl Foster, Ph.D. is titled: Why-What-How of HIIT training.