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Indianapolis, IN (Nasdaq) 27 October 2011
Zumba and Pilates is being completed after more than 2,600 fitness professionals, the American College of Sports Medicine an overview of the top fitness trends for 2012. The survey results were presented today in the worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2012 article in the November / December issue of ACSM Health & Fitness Journal?. Published
Zumba (and other dance-training) and outdoor activities both debuted in the Top 20 this year. Zumba and other dance training in ninth place and 14th Outdoor Activities Place.
Zumba and other dance training for the first time on the list of potential trends in 2010, but this is the first year, Zumba has made the top 20, said Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey. While Zumba a rapid rise in popularity has seen in recent years, future surveys will show whether Zumba is really a trend or just a fad.
trained and experienced fitness professionals claimed the top spot in 2012 for the fifth consecutive year. Outcome measurements and clinical integration / medical fitness, both broke the Top 20 this year. Outcome measures, a way to quantify progress in clubs and wellness programs, had a five-year run in the top 20 and number 13 in 2011. Clinical integration / medical fitness, bound perhaps for the last few years of national health reform, appeared only in the top 20 in 2011 and claimed the 18th Place. Pilates, which first broke the Top 20 for 2011, remained on the list for 2012.
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for fitness workers are much faster than other occupations to increase, said Thompson, an exercise physiologist at Georgia State University, a Fellow of the ACSM and a spokesman for the ACSM American Fitness Index ™. Have trained and experienced fitness professionals, as with professional certifications are the best chance to get new jobs in an increasingly competitive field.
The survey, now in its sixth year, the world of 2,620 health and fitness experts (many certified through ACSM) completed and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments. Thirty-seven potential trends were given as options, and the top-20 were evaluated and published ACSM.
The top ten fitness trends predicted for 2012 are:
1 Trained and experienced fitness professionals. Given the large number of organizations, the health and fitness certifications, its important that consumers choose professionals through programs of the National Commission for the Certification Agencies (NCCA), which are accredited as offered by ACSM certified.
2 Strength training. Strength training is a central focus for many gyms. The inclusion of strength training is an essential component of a complete physical activity for all physical activity and gender.
3 Fitness programs for older adults. As the baby boomers retire, some of these people have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts. Therefore, many health and fitness professionals take the time to create age-appropriate fitness programs designed to keep older people healthy and active.
4 Exercise and weight loss. In addition to diet, exercise is an essential component of a proper weight loss program. Health and fitness professionals, weight loss programs are increasingly integrating regular exercise and caloric intake for better weight control in their clients.
5 Children and obesity. With obesity growing at an alarming rate, see health and fitness professionals, the epidemic as an opportunity to tailor programs for overweight and obese children to create. The solution to the problem of obesity in children will also impact on health care today and for years to come.
6. Personal Training. More and more students are specializing in kinesiology, which indicates that the students are preparing for careers in allied health fields such as personnel training. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers are becoming increasingly important for the health and fitness facilities that employ them.
7th Core training. Is different from strength training, core training specifically emphasizes conditioning of the middle body muscles, including the pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen of which offer all necessary support for the spine.
8th Group Personal Training. In tough economic times, many personal trainers are offering group training options. Training two or three people simultaneously make economic sense for both the coach and the client.
9th Zumba and other dance workouts. A workout requires energy and enthusiasm, Zumba combines Latin rhythms with interval-type exercise and strength training.
10th Functional fitness. This is a trend towards the use of force training to improve balance and ease of daily life. Functional fitness and special fitness programs for older adults are closely linked.
The full list of the top 20 trends is available on request in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2012.
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