In 2014, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) first appeared on the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM’s) annual fitness trends list. Since then, it hasn’t budged from the top three spots.
Not only has its popularity grown: Like many other groundbreaking programs that have become established standards over the years, HIIT has evolved, incorporated new types of equipment, created hybrid classes, reached out to new populations, gone virtual, and been legitimized by a body of solid research.
It has come to dominate the fitness landscape.
“Because it delivers results, [HIIT] will continue to boast a large and devoted following. … However, because it’s been popular for a long time, a number of variations of HIIT will emerge,” says the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Chris Gagliardi, the resource manager for ACE, says, “It’s also been steadily moving from a population of dedicated individual athletes to more group settings, being mainstreamed into other programming, and to populations with much wider age ranges.”