Top Fitness Trends for 2014 – Get HIIT!

hiit-workoutThe 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
    • Yoga

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