This is our Summer Sport Preview Issue and this is also the best time to start getting your body swimsuit-ready. We all know that no matter how much we hope for the perfect body overnight, getting that body we want isn’t an overnight or even a once-in-awhile proposition. Not every fitness trend works for every individual, however, and having a routine you enjoy is a major key to achieving your desired results.

Here are 10 top fitness trends in 2016 taken from a survey by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) of over 2,800 health and fitness professionals worldwide. Thanks go to Kylie Gilbert from for breaking down a truly academic survey replete with facts, figures and charts into a list you can place on the side of your refrigerator.

Participants were given 40 possible trends from which to choose. Interestingly, many of their choices are the same from 2015 so you know these are trends that have staying power, even when you find your own staying power waffling from time-to-time. So to achieve your best results, choose one you know will not only engage and hold your interest but will also work for your schedule and budget and then get to it.

1. Wearable technology.
If you don’t already know that fitness trackers are a huge trend, you could be living like a hermit. The survey says fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices from brands like Jawbone, Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin and other manufacturers, will continue to hold their place in 2016.

2. Bodyweight training.
Gilbert shares that it’s no secret that the folks at Shape favor bodyweight training, noting that the use of minimal equipment makes it both a convenient and affordable way to do an “anywhere workout.”

3. High-intensity interval training (HIIT).
HIIT she describes as any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity combined with fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. And one of its many benefits is that the entire workout can usually be performed in 30-minutes or less.

4. Strength training.
Although you’ll build muscle, strength training is a necessary part of any workout program because you’ll also burn more body fat and calories while protecting your bone health and muscle mass.

5. Educated and experienced fitness professionals.
Gilbert notes that we’ve seen the rise of the personal trainer celebrity which she says indicates now more than ever, the importance of national fitness certifications and credentials.

6. Personal training.
Whether you’re a “newbie” looking to learn the ropes or trying to reach a new fitness goal, personal trainers are still the smart way to get the most out of your gym time.

7. Functional fitness.
Functional fitness is a sensible approach that mimics and supports your everyday activities, like bending down, picking things up, walking up stairs and pulling or pushing open doors.

8. Fitness programs for older adults.
There are a number of studies showing that after 40, we begin to lose muscle mass and strength. So fitness programs that keep older adults healthy and active are crucial. Gilbert is happy to see that health and fitness professionals will continue to focus on creating age-appropriate and safe workout programs in 2016.

9. Exercise and weight loss.
While this may not seem like a trend, nutrition in addition to exercise continues to be a key component of weight-loss programs.

10. Yoga.
Yoga is now more popular than ever, coming up with creative names, like fat yoga and salty yoga to sound new and fresh. Even though yoga has slipped a few spots on this year’s list, since the practice dates back between 5,000 to 10,000 years, there’s no doubt that yoga—which includes Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and others—remains in the top 10 trends for 2016.

Source: Shape Magazine. To read the ACSM’s full report, go to 




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