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Sports Medicine Professionals Rank Fitness Methods

Posted by floriza in Sports Medicine

The American College of Sports Medicine conducted a survey of 2,620 fitness professionals to determine the top fitness trends for 2012. Published in the November/December 2011 issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, the article entitled, “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2012” was authored by Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D.

It lists the following in the top 20:

“1. Educated, Certified, and Experienced Fitness Professionals.”

2. Strength Training.

3. Fitness Programs for Older Adults.

4. Exercise and Weight Loss.

5. Children and Obesity.

6. Personal Training.

7. Core Training.

8. Group Personal Training.

9. ZUMBA and Other Dance Workouts.

10. Functional Fitness.

11. Yoga.

12. Comprehensive Health Promotion Programming at the Worksite.

13. Boot Camp.

14. Outdoor Activities.

15. Reaching New Markets.

16. Spinning (Indoor Cycling).

17. Sport-specific Training.

18. Worker Incentive Programs.

19. Wellness Coaching.

20. Physician Referrals.”

Surprises in the American College of Sports Medicine Survey

While many of the named trends are unchanged from previous years and no surprise, the fact that “Zumba and Other Dance Workouts” has been added to the list has created a lot of buzz in the media. Another first timer on the top 20 list is “Outdoor Activities.” Pilates training did not make the top 20 in 2011 and remains off the list in 2012 after having been in the top 20 in 2010.

The number one trend on the sports medicine fitness list has remained the same for five years. In the past, “Outcome Measurements” and “Clinical Integration/Medical Fitness” made the top 20, but that is not the case for 2012.

As fitness remains a major health concern for Americans, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Labor, predicts that jobs for fitness professionals will be on the rise.

The American College of Sports Medicine survey has been conducted for six years. ACSM is the largest sports medicine organization in the world with over 45,000 members worldwide, including professionals practicing sports medicine in New Jersey.

What is Zumba?

Zumba is a dance-based exercise program that was created by Alberto Perez in Colombia. Inspired by Latin rhythms and dance moves, the choreography includes aerobic elements from salsa, samba, mambo, and hip hop. Begun in the 1990s, Zumba has grown to the point that it is now taught in more than 35 countries, and DVDs are sold so that people can practice it in their homes. Whether Zumba will remain a trend or will fade rapidly as a passing fad remains to be seen.


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