The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently released their predictions of the top fitness trends for 2018. Now in its twelfth year, the annual list provides vital information for health and fitness professionals as they make decisions to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) emerged as the top predicted trend for 2018. HIIT consists of bursts of intense activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. HIIT training can be achieved in many ways including varying speeds on a treadmill, utilizing functional training equipment, or plyometric and body weight moves.
The survey also seeks to differentiate between fitness trends (“a general development or change in a situation or in the way that people are behaving”) and fitness fads (“a fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period”). Comparing results from year-to-year can show the appearance and quick disappearance of what was viewed as a trend, but was just a fad.
Enough about exercise, let’s talk recovery. Cryotherapy is fast gaining popularity as a post-workout treatment which is said to speed up muscle recovery and reduce inflammation as the sub-zero temperatures briefly freeze the surface of the skin. Brr. Grab your cosiest dressing gown to keep you warm afterwards.
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This year there’s more reason than ever to find a gym buddy as group training is predicted to be the second biggest fitness trend of 2018. Exercising in a group of friends or peers brings a fun, social element to working out, not to mention the added encouragement as you spur one another on. Plus, it’s cheaper than personal training.