Top 20 Popular Fitness Trends for 2014

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( — November 27, 2013) Miami, Florida — High-intensity interval training and body-weight training programs are the top two of the most popular fitness trends for 2014, American College of Sports Medicine survey revealed.


“High-intensity interval training involves working out as hard as you can for a short period of time followed by a short, less-intense period. Workouts such as P90X and CrossFit,” Walt Thompson, lead researcher on the trends report and a regents’ professor of kinesiology and health at Georgia State University in Atlanta, said.

Such workouts use a combination of exercises like plyometrics, strength training, yoga, cardiovascular exercise and stretching.

He also said that people like this kind of exercise because they can get fit in a short amount of time. It is also a good way to relieve stress and frustrations.

On the other hand, body-weight training such as push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and planks, may be a reflection of the tight economy. “We are seeing people going back to basics and using relatively low-cost ways to get in shape,” Thompson added.

The survey involved more than 3,800 fitness professionals from commercial, clinical, community and corporate gyms and health clubs. They identified the top trends for 2014 from 38 potential choices.

Previous hot trends such as Zumba, Pilates, spinning, kickboxing, and stability-ball workouts didn’t make it to the new top 20 list.

Other trends included in the list are: exercise for the treatment and prevention of obesity in children; core training; outdoor activities; circuit training; wellness coaching; sport-specific training; worker incentive programs; boot camp.


High intensity interval training is an ideal workout for busy professionals. It is also used by people who need to get in shape for a fast-approaching event. According to a study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, just two weeks of such a workout can improve aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.

For more information on high intensity functional movements, you can check out Crossflixs.

Author: Tania Shipman