Feature Article - March 2011
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Fit To Be Tried

Top Trends in Fitness Programming

By Deborah L. Vence

Kettlebells are in. Pilates is out.
Boot camp classes are in. Stability balls are out.

Whatever was trendy before might not be now, but the fitness industry still shows no signs of slowing down in 2011 with more consumers seemingly on the fast track to realizing that taking care of their health is really important—from the inside and out.

"With the awareness for the last two years with the health care debate, [and] actually watching the campaign [in 2008], both [presidential] candidates talked about health and fitness as a key component of health care," said Pete McCall, an exercise physiologist for San Diego-based American Council on Exercise (ACE).

"The federal government has acknowledged regular exercise will prevent a number of chronic diseases. And, it opens up different policy priorities. How do we do programming for health and fitness? How do I learn how to exercise? Let me work with a trainer," he said, adding that in the future more fitness facilities will be establishing small group programming and fee-based programming, and working in small groups, rather than training individuals.

Surveys by some of the country's top fitness organizations, including the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), show that wellness services, classes for youth and seniors, personal training and boot-camp-style programs, just to name a few, continue to be popular on this year's list of fitness programs.

Take advantage of the knowledge of those who have gone before you, and adopt some of these new trends to freshen things up at your own fitness facility.