Top 2018 Trends In Fitness


Once again, it’s that time of year – people getting back in the gym, looking to “get healthy” for the new year- and to stay trendy at that. This list is by no means comprehensive. This list is the top 20 (though my focus will be on the top 5) fitness trends for the coming year, as compiled by the ACSM (American College for Sports Medicine). This list was put together by the ACSM in its annual predictions on fitness and wellness globally. Fitness professionals from every corner of the globe chimed in. Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, England, Ireland, Kenya, the U.S. and every other nation represented themselves here. NOTE: This list, this site (and the advice given) is no substitute for the sound medical advice and expertise of a licensed medical professional. Please use caution, care and ‘common sense’ when trying new exercises and seeking out fitness professionals.

Now, the list.

  1. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
  2. Group Exercises
  3. Bodyweight Training
  4. Wearables (wearable fitness technologies)
  5. Strength Training
  6. Licensed, experienced and trained Fitness Professionals
  7. Yoga
  8. Personal Training
  9. Fitness Programs for the Elderly
  10. Functional Fitness
  11. Exercise and Weight Los
  12. Exercise is Medicine
  13. Small Group Personal Training
  14. Outdoor Activities
  15. Flexibility and Mobility Rollers
  16. Licensing for Fitness Professionals
  17. Circuit Training
  18. Wellness Coaching
  19. Core training
  20. Sport-specific training

As stated before, this is not a comprehensive list. In this case, I will spotlight (5) of these trends in detail. For more information on these, see the links and information below. This list was 20 of the top 40 trends of the fitness industry for 2018.

  1. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training): This ever-popular style is as hot as fire despite regular warnings from experts and fitness professionals alike. HIIT is short, intense exercise alternated with short breaks (usually 30-45 seconds). A typical week on a HIIT program is 30-45 minutes of training, 5 days a week.
  2. Group Exercise. This is popular for several reasons. Friends getting fit together, you can have a better deal for training or a way to make new friends. Current forms of Group Training are: aerobics, spin classes, aquatics and dance. However, this should not be regarded as a trend, but rather a mainstay of fitness culture.
  3. The skyrocketing presence (and normalization) of wearable fitness technologies such as Fitbit watches are now a multi-billion dollar industry itself, with sales expected to top 2 billion (U.S.) in 2018.
  4. Bodyweight Training. This classical alternative of strength training has been around since time immemorial. It has always been a viable choice since there’s no equipment and you can do them at any time. The successful rebranding of calisthenics (old-school name for bodyweight exercises) has very much indeed reignited interest and passion for this type of training.
  5. Strength Training. This has, was and always will be the most sought-after mode of training obviously. From looks (a toned, athletic body), to rehabilitation (dealing with sports injuries), and health maintenance (staying in shape, losing weight, etc.)

In closing, these are just five great examples of the 20 listed above. Please don’t neglect the importance of studying exercises, label reading, things of that nature.  Though these things may be unpopular, they get the job done. Preparation and knowledge are key. Improvement through self-study is an undeniable part of the BASICS.



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Kente Bates

OSN Fitness Expert Kente Bates is a personal trainer, writer, and coach. He has been involved in sports and fitness for over 20 years. You can reach him on twitter: @halcyonfg16. His health/fitness blog, Halcyon Fitness Group : and his email (where you can ask questions concerning health, fitness or anything relating):

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