News Roundup: 2015 Fitness Trend Forecast

Every year the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) announces the predictions for the most popular fitness trends of the coming year. These predictions are based on survey responses from fitness professionals around the world. The results were released in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market” published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal.

Body weight training claims the top spot, followed by High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and educated and experienced fitness professionals. Some trends are notably missing (crossfit), while others seem to stand the test of time (yoga).

This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts discussing the predictions for the top fitness trends of 2015. 

Survey Predicts Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2015American College of Sports Medicine. “It’s no surprise to see body weight training claiming the top spot this year,” said Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey. “These kinds of exercises provide the benefit of requiring little to no equipment and are incorporated into many fitness programs that are currently popular.”

Fitness Trend Forecast for 2015: 6 Trends on the RiseThe Huffington Post. “The other growing tech trend is web based fitness. More and more people are participating in online fitness challenges and weight loss contests or doing their workouts with streaming videos on YouTube or iTunes for example. The once prominent DVD has seen it's heyday.”

How Will You Work Out When CrossFit Is No Longer Hip?  NPR. “Fitness trends are also influenced by the economy. When the economy began shrinking in 2007-2008, the fitness industry also collapsed back to the basics, hence the growth of boot camp classes, which require few props. Purchases of pricy gym equipment like stationary bikes declined.”

How you’re going to be working out in 2015. Quartz. “But many recent workout fads—like Zumba, Pilates, and indoor cycling—have dropped out of this year’s top 20. ’Many of these fads are creative variations of the core fitness components and typically are driven by clever marketing and a perceived element of fun’…” 

It appears that fitness trend predications for 2015 are going back to the basics. Workouts based on body weight training and led by educated and experienced fitness professional may be here to stay…again. 

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