The (Body) Weight Is Over

By the Experience Life Team |

Body-weight training tops the list of fitness trends for 2015, according to the latest forecast released by the American College of Sports Medicine. While people have been using their own weight as a form of resistance training for centuries, in the form of such movements as push-ups and pull-ups, equipment-free programs available at gyms and at home may have been factors in its resurgence.

Taking a small hit this year is high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, which fell one spot to No. 2 after debuting at the top of the ACSM’s list in 2014. HIIT workouts involve short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by brief rest periods and have been popularized by such training programs as CrossFit and P90X.

Strength training held strong as the No. 4 trend, remaining popular in all sectors of the health and fitness industry according to the poll of 3,403 fitness professionals worldwide.

Fitness programs for older adults and personal training also remained popular, and yoga stretched back to the No. 7 spot.

Meanwhile, Zumba — the ubiquitous Latin dance-inspired workout — appears to have left the party dropping further down the list in 2015 to No 34.

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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