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