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Top Fitness Trends for 2015

By Leslee Jaquette
TrainerAs a freshly minted ACE Personal Trainer, I am intrigued with emerging trends in the health and fitness industry. For example, in David Quick’s article listing the top 20 fitness trends for 2015 in The Post & Courier, he notes that health coaching has made a significant leap from #17 to a ranking of #13.
According to a fitness industry survey, top 10 emerging trends for 2015:
Body weight training: It’s lots more than push-ups and pull-ups.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT): High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery and typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform.
Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals: More certified professionals are joining the industry.
Strength training: An array of people, including patients with stable chronic diseases, are using weight training to improve or maintain strength.
Personal training:  Personal trainers are employed by community-based programs, in commercial settings, in corporate wellness programs, and in medical fitness programs or are self-employed.
Exercise and weight loss: The combination of exercise and weight loss is a trend toward incorporating weight loss programs that emphasize caloric restriction with a sensible exercise program.
Yoga: After being ranked No. 10 in the 2014 survey, yoga climbs to its highest spot on the trend survey.
Fitness programs for older adults: The highly active older adult, or “athletic old,” as well as frail elderly can improve their balance and ability to perform activities of daily living.
Functional fitness: Functional fitness is defined as using strength training to improve balance, coordination, force, power, and endurance to enhance someone’s ability to perform activities of daily living.
Group personal training: The personal trainer can continue to provide the personal service clients expect but now in a small group typically of two to four, offering potentially deep discounts to each member of the group and creating an incentive for clients to put small groups together.
Which trend affects you the most?