ACSM 2016 Worldwide Fitness Trends Survey

Although it’s only October, it’s never too early to talk about 2016!  The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) annual survey of fitness trends has been released.  This is a survey of professionals from around the globe and has now entered its 10th year. It is distributed to almost 27,000 people worldwide by the editors of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®.  It aims to represent input from professionals working in different sectors of the health fitness industry including:

  1.  Corporate
  2. Clinical
  3. Community
  4. Commercial
  5. Academic

Responses were received from just about every continent.  Respondent demographics included:

  • 66% females
  • 46% having more than 10 years of experience in the field
  • 23% with more than 20 years of experience
  • About 32% of the survey respondents earned an annual salary of more than $50,000
 This years results actually had some newcomers to make the list. The top 20 trends predicted for the year 2016 were:
  1. Wearable technology
  2. Body weight training
  3. High intensity training
  4. Strength training
  5. Educated, certified, experienced fitness professionals
  6. Personal training
  7. Functional fitness
  8. Fitness programming for older adults
  9. Exercise and weight loss
  10. Yoga
  11. Group personal training
  12. Worksite health promotion
  13. Wellness coaching
  14. Outdoor activities
  15. Sport specific training
  16. Flexibility and mobility rollers
  17. Smart phone exercise applications
  18. Circuit training
  19. Core training
  20. Outcome measurements

The full 2016 ACSM trends report can be found here.

The 2015 report can be found here.

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