High-intensity interval training has come out as one of the hottest
fitness trends for 2014, according to a survey. Experts say this form of
exercise has taken the fitness world “by storm” and will continue to increase
in popularity this year.
conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, the
largest sports medicine and exercise science organisation in the world, rated
10 of the most popular fitness trends to look out for this year.
The survey, published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health
& Fitness Journal®, was
completed by 3 815 health and fitness professionals worldwide with 38 potential
trends were given as choices, and the top 20 were ranked.
Top fitness trends
According to this list, the experts have voted the top five fitness
trends predicted for 2014 as the following:
Interval Training (HIIT): This form of training
has become increasingly popular due to the fact that you can get
an effective workout in less than 30 minutes. An example of HIIT training would
be 10 different exercises each performed for 50 seconds with 10 seconds rest
between them. Short, high-intensity and effective for increasing fitness levels
and as a "fat-blaster". Check out this six-minute
workout and this 10-minute
bikini body workout.
Body-weight training: This
form of exercise has grown in popularity because it is basic and effective. No equipment is needed, which makes
it affordable and more appealing to many people. But don’t be fooled, a body
weight workout can be extremely challenging. The growth of outdoor gyms and a
subsequent increase in the popularity of calisthenics has also contributed to the increase in popularity of
this form of exercise. Not convinced? Check out these 44 killer bodyweight exercises.
Educated and experienced
fitness professionals: This means the use of qualified trainers and coaches and
has previously held the top position in the survey on more than one occasion.
The importance of utilising a trained and experienced professional to design a safe
and effective programme specific to your needs cannot be underestimated. Read
this article on how to choose a fitness
programme that will help
you reach your goals.
Strength training: Despite misconceptions that weight training and
strength training is only for people who want to "bulk up", there has been a
definite move towards strength training becoming more mainstream recently,
especially amongst women. This is very encouraging, as it is one of the best
forms of training and benefits everybody – if done correctly and under the
guidance of a trained professional. Read this article on how to train like a fitness model and this one on why women need to lift heavy
with weight loss: Health
and fitness professionals who provide weight loss programmes as part of their
services have become more popular due to the growing trend towards realising
that diet and exercise go hand-in-hand towards losing weight and changing one’s
health. To get some expert advice on this, visit our Fitness Expert
here and our DietDoc
here to post your questions.
the full news release from ACSM here.