Updated 06 February 2014

'High-intensity interval training' a hot new trend

A survey indicates that high-intensity interval training has come out as one of the hottest fitness trends for 2014.

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.

The survey, 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.

 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:

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 weights.

Read the full news release from ACSM here.


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