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.
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