Jan - Feb 2017

The Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015

By David Lee, MD Ed



Beginning in 2006, the American College of Sports Medicine has been surveying fitness professionals worldwide regarding the most popular exercise trends for each upcoming year. Over the past few years, we have seen Zumba, Pilates, and the use of personal trainers from the number one spot.


In 2015, for the first time ever, we saw body weight training exercises have taken over as the newest and most popular strength training trend. Due to busier schedules and high equipment costs, people are turning back to old-style training methods. The most popular body weight training exercises today include push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, plank, lunges, lunges with weights, wall sit and squats. These exercises are just a few of the long list of more than 50 exercises that can be done at home with just a little practice.


The benefits of these exercises greatly impact both muscular strength and endurance, as well as balance and flexibility. However, if you are a beginning exerciser, you should check with your physician before you start an exercise program. On the other hand, if you have been exercising regularly, you can gradually adapt 8 to 10 of these exercises as a substitute for your strength training exercise plan. To add a little variety, you can alternate different sets of body weight training exercises on a daily basis.


As few as two years ago, body weight training exercises were not even recognized as a fitness trend. Now, due to their growing popularity, in part because of their convenience and ease of adaptability to in-home use, these exercises are growing in popularity. You can easily tailor these exercises to suit your fitness goals. 


Adapted from American College of Sports Medicine 2015 Fitness Trends