Happy New Year - Fitness Trends for 2014

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Happy New Year - Fitness Trends for 2014

A Happy New Year of Fitness 2014-01-11

Happy New Year from Ruby Elite Training. As we enter a new year it is worth noting what the fitness industry is predicting for 2014.

The year 2013 saw a rise in personal training qualifications, group workouts and the emergence of a number of fitness trends such as antigravity yoga and Crossfit. The demand and uptake of fitness overall increased in 2013. The demand for personal trainers is still growing and set to increase further over the next few years.

The American College of Sports Medicine surveyed nearly 4000 fitness professionals from around the globe and determined that the top 10 expected trends for 2014 are as follows:

High Intensity Intermittent Training (HIIT)
2. Body Weight training
3. Using certified fitness professionals
4. Strength training
5. Exercise and weight loss
6. Personal training
7. Fitness training for older adults
8. Functional fitness training
9. Group personal training
10. Yoga

Its worth noting that previously popular trends from the last few uears such as circuits and boot camps fell outside of the top ten.  Lets take a closer look at some of the predicted 2014 trends.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, HIIT jumps to the top of this year’s fitness trends list. The interest in HIIT has been growing over the last 2 or 3 years and it seems the idea of working hard for shorter periods to get greater long term gain is certainly appealing to both the fitness trainer and client alike.

Body weight training

Body weight training is popular as it uses minimal equipment and as such can be used in many environments, in and out of the gym. There is certainly plenty of scope for fun and innovative bodyweight training for those who wish to explore this new trend.

Using certified professionals

Diluting the high number of unqualified fitness professionals currently competing within the fitness field, educated, qualified, and experienced fitness professionals (like our Ruby Elite learners) will come to the forefront. Clients will seek to train with reputable, industry-accredited professionals. It is important fitness professionals are qualified, certified and insured.

Strength Training

Incorporating strength training remains an essential part of a complete physical activity program for all physical activity levels and genders. No longer restricted to body building, most people now integrate some form of weight training into their routine to improve or maintain muscle strength.

Exercise and Weight Loss

In addition to nutrition, exercise is a key component of a proper weight loss program. Health and fitness professionals who provide weight loss programs are increasingly incorporating regular exercise and calorie restriction for better weight control in their clients. The increase in demand for weight loss programmes will provide wider opportunities for weight management coaches and nutritionists. Ruby Elite Training offer a stand alone Level 3 Nutritional course

Personal Training

More and more people are preparing themselves for careers within health-related fields such as personal training, physiotherapy and fitness coaching. Education, training and recognised credentials for Personal Trainers have become increasingly important to the health and fitness facilities that will employ them. Become a certified personal Trainer with Ruby Elite training!

Fitness Programs for Older Adults

With the increase in the number of older adults keen to stay healthy and active, comes great opportunity for the Personal Trainers developing their own skills to create age-appropriate fitness programs for these niche clients.

Group Personal Training

In challenging economic times, many personal trainers are offering more group training options. Training two or three people at a time makes economic sense for both the trainer and the clients.

Prevention of Childhood Obesity

Childhood and adolescent obesity continues to be a major health issue in most developed and developing nations and it’s becoming increasingly important to address because of its association with other medical problems such as diabetes and hypertension. The health and fitness industry is beginning to recognize this chronic health issue and start new programs targeted specifically at these children. There will be great opportunities for fitness professionals qualified in coaching kids fitness.

Outdoor Training

There is a trend for health and fitness professionals to offer more Outdoor Activities to their clients. Outdoor training often includes walking, cycling and outdoor aerobics but Personal Trainers are extending their creativity to include canoeing kayaking, and adventure programs such as overnight camping trips.

With such a wide variety of fitness trends moving into the arena, there are numerous opportunities for fitness professionals to add specialist strings to their bow in order to cater for clients in these niche fitness areas.

From all at Ruby Elite Training we wish you all the best for 2014!

Happy New year

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