The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recently identified 10 trends it says the fitness industry should watch for in 2016. Some of these trends will occur within fitness facilities and some will occur outside of them. Pete McCall, health and fitness expert with ACE, shared these trends in a blog, which you can read here.
McCall shares that more health clubs, manufacturers and fitness organizations will increase their involvement in fitness-related activities outside their walls and directly with the public in an effort to positively affect the health of more people.
More places of worship will create programs and spaces to help people become healthier through fitness classes, nutrition classes or other health-related programs.
On-demand video and streaming workouts will grow in popularity as people become busier and want to work out at home and at the most convenient times for them.
Technology will be used more to measure fitness progress, such as body composition, aerobic capacity and intermuscular glycogen storage.
Low-intensity steady-state training (LISS) will grow in popularity while the popularity of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) will lessen in part because some research has shown that some people have a negative experience with HIIT that may cause them to quit exercising while others overtrain or experience overuse injuries while doing HIIT.
The demand for fun and creative group fitness that combines different workout formats will increase. McCall suggests group classes might combine cycling and boxing, or treadmill running and strength training.
More personal trainers will become health coaches so they can help members build a firm fitness foundation that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
More fitness facilities will develop exercise programs that offer unique and physically challenging experiences.
More research continues to be done on the recovery process, fitness professionals will begin to look at what makes for the best recover options, which might include things such as cryotherapy and compression clothing.
Consumers will seek and find more fitness education classes, and some of those classes will share techniques once taught only to athletes.
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