Fitness Trends for 2014

By Maggie Fazeli Fard |

According to a new fitness trends survey released today by the American College of Sports Medicine, Zumba — the ubiquitous Latin dance-inspired workout — may have “run [its] useful course.”

Welcome HIIT

Poised to take its place as a top fitness trend of 2014 is high-intensity interval training, or HIIT.

HIIT, typically involving short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by brief rest periods and popularized by such training programs as CrossFit and P90X, appears for the first time on ACSM’s annual top 20 list in none other than the No. 1 spot.

Body-weight training, such as push-ups and pull-ups, strength training, and yoga are also expected to be “in” in 2014, the ACSM found.

In addition to Zumba, fitness trends that are on their way “out” include Spinning, Pilates, and use of stability balls, according to the survey, which polled 3,800 fitness professionals worldwide.

Tell us: What do you think? Are the ACSM’s predictions accurate? Any activities you’re excited to see on the list — or sorry to see off it? Tweet us your thoughts @experiencelife and take our poll below.

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