Every year, the American College of Sports Medicine releases a list of fitness trends to watch in the coming year. Here’s a look at what to expect to see trending in the health and fitness industry for 2020.
The number one trend anticipated for the year is one that’s been popular for a while: Wearable technology. In fact, this has been the top trend on the ACSM’s list since 2016 – with one exception: it sank to No. 3 in 2018.
“Fitness trackers and wearable tech are an invaluable addition to the fitness industry,” says Caleb Backe, a personal trainer and life coach for Maple Holistics. “There are so much more these devices have to offer and I’m hoping to see new advancements in 2020. They create a sense of accountability, help you to set manageable goals and, most importantly, give you a sense of your own health levels so you know where you can make improvements.”
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Coming in at number two, is high-intensity interval training (HIIT). This form of exercise, which involves short bursts of intense activity followed by short periods of rest, has been among the top five trends on the ACSM’s list since 2014, and was No. 1 last year.
Backe says he finds it surprising to see that HIIT is still trending with so many other popular options emerging, such as Bikram yoga and Soul Cycle. “At the same time,” he says, “substantial new research has emerged this year showing the supreme effectiveness of HIIT workouts in burning fat and boosting fitness levels, so hopefully, this trend will continue to last.”
The third trend on the 2020 list is group training, which stands out to Rachel MacPherson, a Montreal-based personal trainer and writer at Radical Strength. She says with society’s increasing trend toward social isolation and many people outsourcing their lives to online businesses, it seems like group training would take a hit in popularity. However, “it makes sense that people are looking for ways to connect with others … since combining their commitment to working out and getting active along with some much-needed social time is a great way to fit both things into a busy lifestyle.”