The top 10 fitness trends for 2018 are:
1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): HIIT involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, these exercise programs are usually performed in 10-30 minutes.
2. Group Training: Group exercise instructors teach, lead and motivate individuals though intentionally designed group exercise classes. Group programs are designed to be motivational and effective for people at all different fitness levels. There are small group classes (3-6 people) and large group classes (>10 people).
3. Wearable Technology: includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors and GPS tracking devices. This is a current trend that has its positives, but be careful of over using this technology. For more information you should read the book Unplugged.
4. Body Weight Training: Body weight training uses minimal to no equipment, making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness. We specialize in this form of training and some of us have been practicing this form of training for over 3 decades.
5. Strength Training: Strength training remains a central emphasis for many clinics and clubs. Incorporating strength training is an essential part of a complete exercise program to help you live longer and better.
6. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals: Given the large number of organizations offering health and fitness certifications, it’s important that consumers choose professionals certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), such as those offered by NSCA. NSCA is one of the largest and most prestigious fitness-certification organizations in the world. It’s world headquarters is in Colorado Springs. We have 2 Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) on staff.
7. Yoga: Based on ancient tradition, yoga utilizes a series of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation. This includes Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and others. Look for our NEW Yoga classes in 2018.
8. Personal Training: More and more students are majoring in kinesiology, which indicates that they are preparing themselves for careers in allied health fields such as personal training, physical therapy, and health and wellness caoching. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers have become increasingly important to the health and fitness facilities that employ them. We believe in the highest quality education and continuing education in regards to our personal training.
9. Fitness Programs for Older Adults. As the baby boom generation ages into retirement and many health and fitness professionals are taking the time to create age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active. We offer 8 small group age-appropriate classes each week.
10. Functional Fitness. This is a trend toward using strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living. Functional fitness and special fitness programs for older adults are closely related. This is our specialty for over 20 years. We are ll trained with Applied Functional Science and Functional Movement Systems certifications.
The above was contributed by The American College of Sports Medicine at acsm.org.
PHYSICAL THERAPY CONNECTIONS, P.C.