With such a revolution taking place, it’s only natural to be interested in what current and future trends have in store for us. Are the trends we witnessed in the past still going strong, or are they becoming temporary fads? Will new emerging trends set the line for the strategy of the whole industry for years to come?
In response to these needs, the 14th Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2020, conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), highlights 20 of the most relevant fitness trends in the commercial, clinical, community and corporate sectors for the year to come. The survey, whose first edition dates back to 2006, has been compiled with information from more than 2000 respondents worldwide and has produced interesting results on a trend-by-trend basis, evidencing the decline of traditional fitness practices with respect to the new needs of the audience.
The past edition has revealed the presence of four macro categories on the rise, with at least one trend per category occupying the first five positions on the ranking:
Wearables and Fitness Technology
Wearables will become more common and powerful to facilitate positive behaviour change. Blaine Wilson, MS, senior director of Wellcoaches Corporation, Texas.
Lastly, this trend in the survey shows that technology is extremely popular on well-tested devices, while it still needs to catch on in more innovative fields – such as, virtual reality training.
Group Training Sessions
In group training sessions, the positive benefits of competition can be used, and this can stimulate exercisers to perform and engage. Florentina Hettinga, PhD, SFHEA, FECSS, FACSM, , head of the Sport Performance and Fatigue Research Unit, University of Essex, UK.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Consumers are seeking less traditional environments to engage in their physical activity and exercise pursuits. Yuri Feito, PhD, MPH, FACSM, associate professor of Exercise Science at Wellstar College of Health & Human Services, Georgia.
Medical Fitness and Fitness for Older Adults
Fitness programs for older adults is essential for this rapidly growing population in need of age-specific physical activity. Wayne L. Westcott, PhD, professor of Exercise Science at Quincy College, Massachusetts.