According to results from a new survey from the American College of Sports Medicine, the top three fitness trends for 2012 are educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals; strength training; and fitness programs for older adults.
The findings, part of the college’s sixth consecutive “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends,” appear in the November/December 2011 issue of ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal. Results were based on a survey of more than 2,600 fitness professionals. You can access the article for free here.
Outcome measurements and clinical integration/medical fitness both dropped out of the top 20 trends this year, but physician referrals ranks No. 20. “This is a trend toward an emergent emphasis being placed on partnerships with the medical community, resulting in seamless referrals to a health and fitness facility and health fitness professionals,” according to the article, which was assembled by Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., a regents professor of exercise science in the department of kinesiology and health at Georgia State University.
The top 20 fitness trends for 2012 are:
1. Educated and experienced fitness professionals
2. Strength training
3. Fitness programs for older adults
4. Exercise and weight loss
5. Children and obesity
6. Personal training
7. Core training
8. Group personal training
9. Zumba and other dance workouts
10. Functional fitness
12. Comprehensive health promotion programming at the worksite
13. Boot camp (a fitness activity structured after military-style training)
14. Outdoor activities
15. Reaching new markets. An estimated 80% of Americans don’t have a regular exercise program.
16. Spinning (indoor cycling)
17. Sport-specific training
18. Worker incentive program
19. Wellness coaching
20. Physician referrals
— By Doug Brunk
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