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Top 20 fitness trends for 2014 and four fun ones you should try!

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Fitness trends come and go and 2014 is no different. According to the the American College of Sports Medicine the number one fitness trend for 2014 is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT made the list at number one in its debut year. Not sure what HIIT is? Think P90X and CrossFit that involves short bursts of activity followed by short periods of rest or inactivity which burns more calories, allows you to lose more weight and not muscle and increases metabolism as well as you can do it anywhere since you don't need any specific or specialized equipment to work out.

Favorites like Zumba, Pilates and even spinning didn't even make the list showing a trend heading to more economic ways to exercise that are relatively low cost.

Ready to find out what are the top 20 fitness trends to try out this year? Go ahead and click through the list and see four other new fitness trends that you may want to check out too.

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#1: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
#1: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) http://www.flowwithus.com

#1: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

#1: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, jumps to the top of this year’s list. These exercise programs are usually performed in less than 30 minutes.

#2: Body and Weight Training
#2: Body and Weight Training http://www.myfitnesslifestyle.net

#2: Body and Weight Training

#2: Body and Weight Training

This is the first appearance of this trend in the survey. Body weight training uses minimal equipment making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness.

 

#3: Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals
#3: Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals http://www.gabbyandlaird.com

#3: Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals

#3: Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals

Given the large number of organizations offering health and fitness certifications, it’s important that consumers choose professionals certified through programs that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), such as those offered by ACSM.

#4: Strength Training
#4: Strength Training http://bretcontreras.com/strength-training-for-women

#4: Strength Training

#4: Strength Training

Strength training remains a central emphasis for many health clubs. Incorporating strength training is an essential part of a complete physical activity program for all physical activity levels and genders. (The other essential components are aerobic exercise and flexibility.)

#5: Exercise and Weight Loss
#5: Exercise and Weight Loss http://aimweightloss.com

#5: Exercise and Weight Loss

#5: Exercise and Weight Loss

In addition to nutrition, exercise is a key component of a proper weight loss program. Health and fitness professionals who provide weight loss programs are increasingly incorporating regular exercise and caloric restriction for better weight control in their clients.

#6: Personal Training
#6: Personal Training http://www.uh.edu/recreation/fitness/personal_training.html‎

#6: Personal Training

#6: Personal Training

More and more students are majoring in kinesiology, which indicates that they are preparing themselves for careers in allied health fields such as personal training. Education, training and proper credentialing for personal trainers have become increasingly important to the health and fitness facilities that employ them.

#7: Fitness Programs for Older Adults
#7: Fitness Programs for Older Adults http://www.goodmancenter.org/programs/older-adults‎

#7: Fitness Programs for Older Adults

#7: Fitness Programs for Older Adults

As the baby boom generation ages into retirement, some of these people have more discretionary money than their younger counterparts. Therefore, many health and fitness professionals are taking the time to create age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active.

 

#8: Functional Fitness
#8: Functional Fitness http://robainafitness.com

#8: Functional Fitness

#8: Functional Fitness

This is a trend toward using strength training to improve balance and ease of daily living. Functional fitness and special fitness programs for older adults are closely related.

#9: Group Personal Training
#9: Group Personal Training http://www.urbanbodystudios.com

#9: Group Personal Training

#9: Group Personal Training

In challenging economic times, many personal trainers are offering more group training options. Training two or three people at a time makes economic sense for the trainer and the clients.

#10: Yoga
#10: Yoga http://chicagohealthonline.com

#10: Yoga

#10: Yoga

Based on ancient tradition, yoga utilizes a series of specific bodily postures practiced for health and relaxation. Includes Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Anurara, Kundalini, Sivananda and others.

#11: Exercise for the treatment and prevention of obesity in children
#11: Exercise for the treatment and prevention of obesity in children http://www.telegraph.co.uk

#11: Exercise for the treatment and prevention of obesity in children

#11: Exercise for the treatment and prevention of obesity in children

Because an increasing number of children in the United States are obese, childhood and adolescent obesity is one of today's most important health challenges and public health concerns. Intervention, attention, treatment to change a sedentary lifestyle to a more active one will be trending this year.

#12:  Work site health promotion
#12: Work site health promotion http://www.pinterest.com

#12: Work site health promotion

#12:  Work site health promotion

It's all about setting up an infrastructure to support and promote the healthy well being of employees to promote a healthier atmosphere in the workplace.

#13: Core training
#13: Core training http://www.synergistic-fitness.com/core_train.html‎

#13: Core training

#13: Core training

Core training is all about doing those abdominal exercises are those that affect the abdominal muscles as well as exercising the muscles in your back and buttocks. 

#14: Outdoor activities
#14: Outdoor activities http://outdooractivitysource.com

#14: Outdoor activities

#14: Outdoor activities

The number one all time fitness activity that Americans do is walking. Do more than just walking this year, learn to ride about, go hiking, take a walking tour. Anything that get's you outside and your heart pumping is always good. 

#15: Circuit training
#15: Circuit training http://www.keepurhealth.com

#15: Circuit training

#15: Circuit training

A form of body conditioning or resistance training using high-intensity aerobics that targets strength building and muscular endurance with short bursts of resistance exercise using moderate weights and frequent repetitions.

 

#16: Outcome measurements
#16: Outcome measurements http://www.theguardian.com

#16: Outcome measurements

#16: Outcome measurements

Think test taking for your body. With outcome measurements, you can assess your physical fitness attributes such as endurance, strength, and flexibility and work out accordingly.

 

#17: Wellness coaching
#17: Wellness coaching http://www.wellnesscenterofwaltham.com

#17: Wellness coaching

#17: Wellness coaching

Wellness coaching is a process that facilitates healthy, sustainable behavior change by challenging a client to listen to their inner wisdom, identify their values, and transform their goals into action.

#18: Sport specific training
#18: Sport specific training http://www.nunnsperformancetraining.com

#18: Sport specific training

#18: Sport specific training

Sport specific training is simply fitness and performance training designed specifically for athletic performance enhancement. Training programs for athletic performance enhancement could include such areas as strength, speed, power, endurance, flexibility, mobility, agility, mental preparedness (including goal setting), sleep, recovery/regeneration techniques and strategies, nutrition, rehabilitation, pre-habilitation, and injury risk reduction.

(Source: Finish First Sports)

#19: Worker incentive programs
#19: Worker incentive programs http://advwellness.wordpress.com

#19: Worker incentive programs

#19: Worker incentive programs

These programs are being used by companies to encourage their workers towards a healthy lifestyles by encouraging weight loss, diet change, or attainment of physical fitness goals be it by offering free or reduced gym memberships, weight loss counseling and other options.

#20: Boot Camp
#20: Boot Camp http://www.dynamichealthandfitnessclub.com/boot-camp.html‎

#20: Boot Camp

#20: Boot Camp

If it works for the military...

These programs are designed to build strength and fitness through a variety of intense group intervals over a 1 hour period of time to challenge not only the body but the mind as well.

New fitness trend to try: Aerial Fitness
New fitness trend to try: Aerial Fitness http://littlemisslocal.com

New fitness trend to try: Aerial Fitness

New fitness trend to try: Aerial Fitness

Combining holistic therapy with yoga suspended in the air with a silk rope and you've got aerial fitness. Aerial fitness is all about developing long and lean muscles a la Cirque du Soleil.

New fitness trend to try: Piloxing
New fitness trend to try: Piloxing http://www.latimes.com

New fitness trend to try: Piloxing

New fitness trend to try: Piloxing

Piloxing is a mixture of standing Pilates and boxing geared towards women that is a high intensity cardio workout that also uses the core strengthening principles of Pilates.

New fitness trend to try: Animal Flow
New fitness trend to try: Animal Flow http://www.globalbodyweighttraining.com

New fitness trend to try: Animal Flow

New fitness trend to try: Animal Flow

By mimicking the way animals move, you can improve your strength, stability, endurance and mobility that requires no equipment using cardio and toning exercises.

New fitness trend to try: Tower running
New fitness trend to try: Tower running http://www.theguardian.com

New fitness trend to try: Tower running

New fitness trend to try: Tower running

AKA running up stairs. What makes tower running different than just regular stair running is that it involves running up tall man-made structures in a race event. If you don't have access to a high tower or don't plan on competing, try your own version of tower running by ditching the elevator and taking the stairs instead. 

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