Top Fitness Trends for 2011

Just as there are clothing and fashion trends, trends in fitness change too. No one wants to do the same workout over and over, so it’s exciting to see what’s new in the fitness world. Here’s what will be big in 2011.

Fitness Industry Trends: Fast and Hard is In

According to a recent poll conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, 2011 will be the year of the boot camp workout. Boot camp workouts combine strength training and aerobics and they give you a heart-pumping, body-blasting workout using minimal equipment. Participants do old-fashioned push-ups, crunches, and jog in place similar to the techniques military recruits use to get into “fighting” shape. The beauty of the boot camp workout is it works the whole body in a relatively short period of time – and “recruits” burn up to 600 calories in an hour. The exercises are constantly changing, so it rarely gets boring, and when you finish, you’re drenched in sweat – but satisfied.

Trends in Fitness: Pilates Takes a Back Seat

Pilates has been trending up for the last few years, but according to this new poll, it may be losing some of its luster. Why? Pilates classes that use special Pilates equipment are too expensive for today’s budget minded consumer, and it takes time to see results with Pilates. Instead, Pilates exercises are being incorporated into classes that mix strength training, stretching and yoga. Workouts using stability balls are also trending downwards for the new year.

Fitness Trends: Other Trends

Strength training will maintain its focus, but there’ll be more ways to do it. Instead of using exclusively weight machines and hand weights, fitness buffs can also choose from various strengths of resistance bands, and the newest trend, kettleballs. There’s even a new magazine that focuses exclusively on kettleball workouts. Strength training also includes core training, so expect to see continued focus on the back and abdominal muscles.

Trends in Fitness: Get Everyone Involved

You’ll see more fitness programs geared towards children and adolescents due to concerns about childhood obesity. Seniors will also be in focus as the mature crowd looks for ways to increase mobility and prevent bone loss.

Other 2011 Fitness Trends

Yoga and functional fitness training will remain hot in the year 2011 as people use exercise to relieve stress and make it easier to carry out their daily activities.

Fitness Industry Trends: The Bottom Line?

There have never been more ways to get an effective workout. Whether you exercise at home or at a health club, make 2011 the year you choose to get into the best shape of your life.

References:

WebMD. “Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2011”

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