November 2012

Annual ACSM survey highlights fitness and health trends for 2013

The American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) seventh annual international survey of fitness trends finds traditional exercises poised for popularity in 2013. Body-weight training, which includes back-to-basics exercises such as push-ups, planks, pull-ups, and squats, appears in the top 10 for the first time.

“In a time when many people are concerned with cutting expenses, body-weight exercises are a great way to feel great and look toned without a big financial investment,” said Walt Thompson, PhD, professor of exercise science in the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Atlanta’s Georgia State University and author of the report, which was published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal.

Other top-10 trends for 2013 include: working with certified fitness trainers in group and individual settings; strength training; functional fitness, which uses strength training to improve balance; and an emphasis on childhood obesity and fitness programs for older adults.

The 2012 survey was completed by more than 3000 health and fitness professionals worldwide who ranked 37 potential trends to identify the top 20, which are discussed in detail in the report.

The full list of top 20 trends is available in the report, “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2013,” available free to nonsubscribers on the journal’s website.

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