The Fitness Trends in 2013
December 13, 2012 -
American Council on Exercise (ACE) today released its annual analysis of Fitness
Trends to Watch as identified by more than 1,700 certified personal trainers,
exercise scientists, group fitness experts and health coaches throughout the
The following is an overview of ACE's 2013 Fitness Trends to Watch:
Career Growth for Fitness Professionals: Nearly 87 percent of professionals
surveyed said their fitness business grew or maintained in 2012, despite the
national unemployment rate hovering around 8 percent.
- Collaboration with Allied
Health Professionals: As understanding grows of the necessity for alignment
between fitness, nutrition, stress management and behavioral
modification—components required for overall wellness—fitness professionals will
seek collaboration with peers in the medical field to develop a 360-degree
approach. More than half of those surveyed said they are now working
collaboratively with allied health professionals to assist clients, with the
majority partnering with medical doctors and physical therapists.
Advocacy: With the Affordable Care Act moving forward, many employers are
fast-tracking workplace wellness programs in an attempt to create a healthier
workforce for cost savings in 2014. Fitness professionals are reporting an
uptick in the number of companies approaching them to provide fitness or
wellness services to employees.
- No-Frills Fitness Activities: Looking ahead,
fitness activities will veer toward a no-frills approach such as body-weight
training and boot camp–style workouts.
- HIIT Workouts: High-intensity interval
training (HIIT) workouts that alternate between intense bursts of activity and
fixed periods of less-intense activity will continue to remain popular. This
type of training has been used by athletes for decades to improve their
performance capabilities and has now made its way to the fitness mainstream.
- Small-group Training: Small-group training programs offer participants a fun and
more affordable way to obtain the benefits of working with a well-trained,
certified fitness professional.
- Functional and Core Training: Functional and
core training remain on the list of hot trends and have become integral
components of well-designed fitness programs. Trainers will continue to take a
more systematic approach by performing basic movement screens to ensure that
their clients have appropriate levels of stability and mobility before
introducing them to more challenging exercise movements and loads.
Boomer/Senior Population: As America ages and the lifespan extends, the senior
population increasingly continues to engage in wellness in an effort to live
healthier, more active lives in retirement. An overwhelming majority of
professionals said they were serving older adults, as well as other specialty
populations such as those with musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis and back
pain or metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity.
- Good Eating Habits Remain
Elusive: Despite national efforts to enhance understanding of nutrition and
provide access to healthier options, many still struggle to eat a balanced diet,
according to survey results. More than 75 percent of those surveyed said the
majority of their clients feel it’s easier to exercise than eat a balanced,
- Broader Approach to Fighting Obesity: With more than 35 percent of
the adult population and nearly 17 percent of children classified as obese,
obesity remains a leading health issue. The most effective weight-loss programs
focus not only on proper nutrition and regular physical activity, but also
behavioral change and motivation. .