Bad news for kids in sports: Participation rates are in a decline. (But there’s hope, thanks to PHIT.) And there’s good news for developers looking to attract fitness-minded folk in D.C. and for travelers looking to squeeze in some workouts.
Pros: Fitness Trackers Top Trend for 2019
Both Self magazine and Men’s Journal reported on a survey of next year’s top trends, as ranked by thousands of fitness professionals. The American College of Sports Medicine conducted the survey which collected responses from 2,038 professionals throughout the world, who were asked to rank 39 possible trends. The survey found that some trends have fallen off the list, such as circuit weight training, sport-specific training, and core training. The top five trends—which align with findings from the 2018 IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report—include bodyweight training, cited for its convenience and low price-point; fitness programs for older adults, especially as the population grows older; HIIT, touted for its flexible and effective workouts; and group training, defined as a class with more than five people. Fitness trackers took the top spot, moving up from number three in last year’s survey.