What are the top 3 fitness trends of 2013?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What are the top three fitness trends of 2013?

The new year presents an opportunity to make resolutions about total fitness goals for 2013.

Many people increase their workout regimens after January 1, and building core muscle strength and endurance through high intensity interval training can be an effective way to obtain desired results. 

Those who are eager to make health a priority in 2013 should also consider these top 3 fitness trends for the upcoming year.

1. Strength and body weight training.
According to a recent study released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), strength and body weight training are among 2013's top fitness trends.

"Body weight exercises are a proven way to get and stay fit," said study leader Walt Thompson, Ph.D., of Georgia State University. "In a time when many people are concerned with cutting expenses, body weight exercises are a great way to feel great and look toned without a big financial investment."

Body weight training, which includes undergoing multiple repetitions of squats, push-ups and pull-ups, involves using the body as resistance in order to build muscle and is a great way for individuals to get back to basics with an exercise routine. Weight lifting equipment is also an effective tool for getting results in a strength or resistance training regimen.

2. Small group training.
Those who want optimal results at the gym should consider the benefits of small group training classes. According to the Huffington Post, small groups consisting of no more than six participants can be a great way for people to stay motivated, gain support from others and still achieve individual fitness goals. Many instructors still use commercial gym equipment throughout the class. 

3. Core training.
Conditioning and stabilizing the muscles in the abdomen and back can be crucial for supporting long-term health and performance. Those who want to improve core strength should integrate exercises into their routines that target the hips, lower back and thorax, according to the ACSM. The dexterity and ability that can be gained as a result of core training can aid sports performance and contribute to overall wellness.

While there are a variety of routines that fitness-oriented individuals can add to their existing schedules, by exploring these three exercise trends for 2013, achieving overarching weight loss and endurance goals is more possible than ever.