Emerging Fitness Trends for 2014


Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conducts a survey of fitness professionals to see what they think will be the biggest trends in fitness for the upcoming year. Much like fashion, fitness trends come and go and come back again. So, did your favorite make the cut? Here’s the top 20 for 2014.

1.  High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT managed to bump down the reigning champ, Educated, Certified & Experienced Fitness Professionals. This is the first year that HIIT has made the list, so the fact that it made the top slot shows how popular (and effective) this form of training is.

Want to try it out for yourself? Many of the Landry Fitness Center group exercise classes incorporate high intensity interval training. Try out “A Lotta Tabata” on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6 a.m.

2.  Body Weight Training

Another first-timer to the list, the popularity of body weight training may reflect the current economic client. Everyone is watching their budget, and body weight training, which requires minimal or no equipment may be a more affordable option.


3. Educated & Experienced Fitness Professionals

With so many different certifications out there, how do you know if your personal trainer is knowledgeable or if he was certified by a fly-by-night online course? Make sure your personal trainer is at least certified through a program that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The personal trainers that the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center are required to have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in an exercise-related field, and they must be certified through either the American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Several of our trainers hold Master’s degrees, and many of them hold additional “specialty” certifications.

4.  Strength Training

This is the cornerstone for most fitness facilities.  Strength training is an important component of overall health and fitness.  It is essential for building lean muscle tissue and for maintaining bone mineral density.

5.  Exercise & Weight Loss

Studies show that the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off is through a combination of proper nutrition and regular exercise.  The Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center offers a 12-week, individualized Weight Management Program for members and non-members.

This program pairs the participant with a Registered Dietitian and an Exercise Specialist.  For more information on our program and our current promotions, please contact Matthew Ward at 214-820-7996.

6.  Personal Training

Personal Trainers are becoming extremely knowledgeable and effective.  Working with a personal trainer is a great way for those new to fitness to get started.  Many personal trainers specialize in different areas, such as kettlebell training, corrective exercise programming and fat loss.  For more information on personal training at BTLFC, please contact Katie Brumley at 214-820-7871.

7.  Fitness Programs for Older Adults

The baby boomers are hitting the gym as they ease into retirement. The Landry Center offers several classes geared to this age group, including 65+ Cardio & Strength, NIA and Pilates Gold. Visit our website for class descriptions.

8.  Functional Fitness

This form of training focuses on improving balance and mobility to make activities of daily living easier. Functional Fitness is not just for older populations; with a rise in the younger population becoming sedentary, we see more injuries and limitations linked to excessive sitting and poor posture.

9.  Group Personal Training

Group Personal Training is a more affordable means of working with a personal trainer. You can share the cost and the expertise of a personal trainer. At the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center, we offer small group personal training for groups of 3-8.

10. Yoga

Yoga continues to be popular because with so many different varieties, there is a format for different goals and needs.  Yoga is also popular because of its calming effects, which many people enjoy in today’s go, go, go society.

Rounding out the top 20:

11.  Children & Exercise for Treatment/Prevention of Obesity

12.  Worksite Health Promotion

13.  Core Training

14.  Outdoor Activities

15.  Circuit Training

16.  Outcome Measures

17.  Wellness Coaching

18.  Sport Specific Training

19.  Worker Incentive Programs

20.  Boot Camps

About the author

Katie Brumley
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Katie is the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at the Baylor Tom Landry Fitness Center in Dallas, Texas and a certified personal trainer through the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

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Emerging Fitness Trends for 2014