The Biggest Fitness Trends In 2016 Will Be...

With 2015 nearly behind us, The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has been hard at work trying to predict what the biggest fitness trends will be in 2016. Their forecast has revealed that it will not be HIIT as it was in 2014 or bodyweight training as it was in 2015. 2016 will be the year of wearable technology. "Tech devices are now central to our daily lives and have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts," said study author Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D. "Wearable devices also provide immediate feedback that can make the wearer more aware of their level of activity and can motivate the user to achieve their fitness goals." Have a look at the trends: 2016-fitness-trends-infographic Although wearable technology topped the list, the rest of it is more or less the same as it was in 2015. The survey is completed by more than 2,800 health and fitness professionals worldwide who were given 40 potential trends as choices. Here's a closer look at the top 10: 1. Wearable technology. This probably doesn't come as a shock to you given that fitness trackers are as popular as they are. Smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices will continue to rise in the new year. 2. Bodyweight training. Convenience, affordability and effectiveness are just a few of the reasons why bodyweight training will continue to be a big trend in 2016. It may have dropped a spot from last year, but it is still a heavyweight. 3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT). HIIT workouts are workouts that alternate between intense bursts of activity and either fixed periods of less intense work or complete rest. One of the reasons this type of training is so popular is that an entire workout can often be completed in 30 minutes or less. 4. Strength training. Building muscle is great but the best part of strength training for many people is the fact that it leads to a greater fat burn. You will burn more calories while protecting your bone health and muscle mass. An essential part of any workout routine! 5. Educated and experienced fitness professionals. 2015 saw a dramatic rise in enter-trainers. Enter-trainers are people who are personal trainers with sold out fitness classes and hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. People who have risen to the level of celebrity. They inspire us and we follow them. All of this fanfare has put an emphasis on the importance of national fitness certifications and credentials. 6. Personal training. If you are new to fitness or looking to reach a new personal goal, personal trainers are a helpful way to make the most of your workout. 7. Functional fitness. This is a concept based on the idea that our workouts should mimic and support the activities we do in daily life, like walking upstairs or bending down to pick things up. 8. Fitness programs for older adults. Studies have found that after 40, we lose muscle mass and strength. It is absolutely crucial to have health and fitness programs designed to meet the needs of older people. We are glad to see this trend continue. 9. Exercise and weight loss. This may not seem like a trend per se, but in addition to exercise, nutrition continues to be a key component of weight loss programs. 10. Yoga. Yoga may be rounding out at number 10 but it is more popular than ever. With incarnations like Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda, and others are you really shocked it made the list? Time to share! Which of these trends do you love the most? Are there any that surprise you? Source: Shape Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_115388" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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