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News from November 2009

ACSM 2010 Worldwide Fitness Survey

November 18, 2009

Education and experience top the American College of Sports Medicine list of worldwide fitness trends for the second year in a row. The demand for qualified professionals for exercise consultation and fitness prescription is still on the rise. More programs are being offered at colleges and universities, and substantive accreditation and credentials are becoming the norm worldwide. With the emphasis on credentials and education, a move towards regulation in the industry is an international topic of discussion. It’s no surprise then that the number of Alberta CSEP certified CPTs and CEPs (just under 1,000) has never been higher.

Other trends that top the list are incorporating strength training into exercise routines, a focus on children and obesity, and the demand for one-on-one personal training services.

The top 10 fitness trends predicted for 2010 are:

1. Educated and experienced fitness professionals.
2. Strength training.
3. Children and obesity.
4. Personal training.
5. Core training.
6. Special fitness programs for older adults.
7. Functional fitness.
8. Sport-specific training.
9. Pilates.
10. Group personal training.

The ACSM 2010 Worldwide Fitness Survey is the fourth in a series of annual surveys of health and fitness trends in the commercial, clinical, community and corporate sectors of the fitness industry. The survey responses were received from Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, North and South America.