Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2018 for Health & Wellness

Wellness Coaching: Yoga

Are some of your favorite workouts on the list of upcoming trends? We have the scoop on hottest fitness trends for 2018, straight from the exercise gurus at ACSM. And, we’re sharing them with you.

Our 10 Favorite Fitness Trends from ACSM for 2018

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) releases an annual report that includes survey results from thousands of fitness professionals. One survey by Walter Thompson, PhD helped compile a list of the top fitness trends for professionals for the upcoming year. Here are our 10 favorite fitness trends of 2018 from this ACSM list.

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1. Circuit Training

This is generally a group of 10 or more fitness exercises that participants complete in succession. The circuit training style of fitness has been trending for years. And, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Perform them in a specific time frame or in repetitions.

2. Core Training

Not a major fan of crunches? Then, try core training to condition and strengthen your muscles. Tone up the muscles in your back, thorax and abdomen. These exercises also provide thorax and spine support.

3. Strength Training

This is not just one of the fitness trends for 2018, it’s essential for a strong body. It will probably remain on the top 10 trending list for years to come. Building strength and muscle mass is the right choice for people with chronic diseases, as well older adults and those going through post-surgery and post-rehab.

Strength Training

4. Functional Strength Training

Functional strength training is for savvy fitness lovers. The work is hard, and it will truly kick your butt. Plus, it will make your butt look tight and awesome. Strength training helps your daily living by improving balance.

5. Medicinal Exercise Training

Many health care providers and primary care physicians have taken part in this global health initiative. They encourage using physical activity when creating patients’ treatment plans. Exercise has a way of building your physical strength, which helps improve your overall health.

6. Mobility & Flexibility Training

Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) is one of the fitness trends for 2018 that’s dedicated to recovery. Flexibility and mobility rollers are very effective. Choose from a variety of rollers, massagers and balls to show your physique some love. You’ll improve your performance, function and flexibility, while reducing injuries.

Flexibility Training


7. Older Adults Fitness Training

And, now it’s time for one of the hottest fitness trends for 2018 for Baby Boomers! This is the fastest growing market in the country. As these 60s something and 70s something boomers start to go into retirement, they are still into spending, credit and more spending. For the 2018 year, expect more fitness programs and personal trainers to focus on the Baby Boomer Generation.

8. Yoga Training

Now, how many years has yoga been a trending exercise? Maybe a thousand or so? This little fitness routine will probably continue trending until the end of time. Many yoga lovers enjoy the fact that it gives you a physical workout, along with promoting mental relaxation. And, there are many yoga styles to choose from:

  • Vinyasa
  • Anurara
  • Sivananda
  • Kundalini
  • Kripalu
  • Ashtanga

9. Wellness Coaching

This fitness trend integrates the science of behavioral change with rehabilitation, disease prevention and health promotion. A wellness coach should focus on your needs, aspirations, visions, values and goals. As a professional, the coach’s goal should be to encourage, support and guide, as well as providing confirmation whenever you reach your fitness goals.

Wellness Coaching: Yoga is one of the hot fitness trends for 2018.


10. Wearable Fitness Technology

We believe this will be the hottest, hippest of all fitness trends for 2018. These days, everyone loves gadgets. Exercise buffs are no exception. You’ll find people working our wearing all kinds of fitness gadgets, including, but not limited to:

  • Heart rate monitors
  • Fitness trackers
  • GPS tracking devices
  • Smart watches

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