The eighth annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends was recently released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a prediction of the top 20 fitness trends for 2014.
My favorite, and number one, is high intensity interval training (HIIT), like Les Mills GRIT™. This routine consists of short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by short periods of rest or recovery. A session is often about 30 minutes. You hear warnings about increased injury rates using high-intensity interval training, but with trained professionals watching and correcting for technique, that risk is decreased considerably.
A choreographed program, like Les Mills GRIT™, also reduces the risk. If you do Crossfit (another HIIT program), be sure you’re being coached and watched by a qualified trainer. In my opinion, HIIT classes should be reserved SMALL GROUP TRAINING sessions where the coach knows the client very well, not large walk-in classes where a client’s issues aren’t known and/or the coach has too many clients to watch.
I do HIIT workouts 3 times a week and require them of able clients at least 1 time per week. For those who want a strong heart, strong body, and lean muscles.
Here’s the Top 10 Trends from ACSM:
- High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
- Body weight training
- Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals
- Strength training
- Exercise and weight loss
- Personal training
- Fitness programs for older adults
- Functional fitness
- Group personal training
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