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Fitness Trends 2009

The American Council on Exercise (ACE), a fitness industry leader, surveyed its fitness network to develop their predictions of 2009’s biggest fitness trends which include:

Boot Camp-Style Workouts: Boot camp workouts provide a total-body workout that’s varied, fun and challenging. Up to 600 calories can be burned during a boot camp session, and in addition to a great cardiovascular workout, muscles are strengthened through high- and low-intensity exercises such as push ups, squats and lunges.

Budget-Friendly Workouts: Of the ACE-certified professionals surveyed, 48 percent said that gym memberships will decrease in 2009 and 52 percent said less people will hire personal trainers. People will try to use the resources around them as their gym and equipment – think running outdoors, training using community park equipment etc..

Specialty Classes: Dance-based classes such as Zumba, Bollywood, ballroom, Afro-Cuban and other exotic dance styles are growing in popularity thanks to shows such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

Back to Basics: Forget trendy, personal trainers are going primal and functional in their training.

Circuit Training: Studies have shown that interval training combining strength training and cardiovascular activity at different intensities provides a more time-efficient workout than participating in traditional aerobic and weight training sessions.

Kettlebells: Kettlebells require an individual to focus on whole-body conditioning because lifting and controlling a kettlebell forces the entire body, particularly the core, to contract as a group, simultaneously developing strength and stability. **But note that kettlebells require proper form not only to be useful but to prevent injury so please don’t start swinging one around if you don’t know how to use it!

Boomer Fitness: Individuals age 50+ have the means, motivation and desire to enhance their quality of life through physical activity—and they are only growing.

Technology-Based Fitness: Technology fuses with fitness – think iPod trainers, Wii Fit and the Expresso Bike. Look for 2009 to provide more interactive video games that provide fitness benefits, as well as new inventions to make exercising a more engaging experience.

Event or Sport-Specific Exercises: Participating in a friendly game of sports, training for a marathon or taking a day-long bike ride are just a few ways that people are staying in shape. It’s healthy, fun and social.

Mixing It Up: After revising their 1995 exercise recommendations, the American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association recognized that both moderate and vigorous intensity workouts can be used towards achieving exercise and fitness goals. For example, ACE recommends mixing low-intensity cardio with intervals on different days, and mixing high-volume, low- intensity weight training with low-volume, high-intensity training on alternate days.

Note: The information and some text for this blog was pulled from the ACE fitness trends press release which can be found here.


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