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What Are the Fitness Trends for 2013?

Nov. 6, 2012

Chuck Barney

man working out on fitness machine

Strength training is in. Pilates are out. Those are the findings of a survey by the American College of Sports Medicine that predicts major health and fitness trends for the coming year. A quick rundown:

1. Educated and certified fitness pros: More fitness programs tied to businesses and organizations mean more jobs for fitness experts.

2. Strength training: Yes, body builders pump iron, but regular folk, in increasing numbers. rely on weights to improve or maintain strength, and rehabilitate injuries.

3. Body weight training: This back-to-basics approach, which requires only a minimum amount of equipment, is all the rage in gyms everywhere.

4. Obesity programs for children: A chronic - and frightening - health issue demands more specialized physical activities for those in need.

5. Exercise and weight loss: More people are realizing that incorporating exercise and into their daily diet routine is essential for weight-loss maintenance.

Other major fitness trends listed near the top of the survey include:

Programs for older adults

Personal training

Functional fitness

Core training

Group personal training

Worksite health promotion

Zumba and other dance workouts



Source: (c)2012 Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) Distributed by Mclatchy-Tribune News Service.


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