Wear­able tech, group fit­ness, HIIT are top of the list for 2019

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Health - By Gabriella Bos­ton The Washington Post

If the new year is in­spir­ing you to get back into shape, you might want to try an ex­er­cise tracker, group fit­ness or high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing. These are the top three fit­ness trends for 2019, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sports Medicine, and each has been ranked highly for sev­eral years.

ACSM asked more than 2,038 fit­ness pro­fes­sion­als em­ployed by com­mer­cial gyms, med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and cor­po­rate health pro­grams to rank 39 pos­si­ble fit­ness trends. Among some changes and sur­prises, core train­ing and cir­cuit weight train­ing fell out of the top 20 trends, while Pilates and on­line train­ing didn’t make the top 20.

Here’s a look at the top five in ACSM’s World­wide Sur­vey of Fit­ness Trends for 2019.

Wear­able tech­nol­ogy moved back to No. 1 af­ter fall­ing to No. 3 in 2018. “The wear­ables, even the low-end ones, have got­ten more ac­cu­rate,” says Wal­ter Thomp­son, the 2017-18 ACSM pres­i­dent and au­thor of the re­port, which ap­peared in a re­cent is­sue of the ACSM’s Health & Fit­ness Jour­nal. “That may help ex­plain why they’re back at the top.”

Al­though the sur­vey re­sults in­di­cate that we love to mea­sure our out­comes, the con­tin­u­ing pop­u­lar­ity of group fit­ness, at No. 2, sug­gests we don’t want to com­pete just against our­selves. “Some smart psy­chol­o­gist out there might say the mil­len­ni­als have ac­cess to all the tech­nol­ogy in the world, and yet they still want to be part of a com­mu­nity,” says Thomp­son, re­fer­ring to the gen­er­a­tion the health in­dus­try is most in­ter­ested in cap­tur­ing.

“Group ex­er­cise is the fu­ture,” says Devon Maier, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Bal­ance Gym, a Washington, D.C.-based gym. “It def­i­nitely de­liv­ers on the com­mu­nity as­pect, but you also

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