Pilates and Yoga Trends

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Mar 01, 2008

Mind-Body-Spirit News

In the 12th annual 2007 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey, Pilates ranked #6 on the list of most frequently offered programs and activities, reflecting a growth of 49 percentage points since 1999. The proportion of survey respondents offering yoga had declined from its peak in 2002, but yoga still ranked #13 among programs and activities offered most often. See July–August 2007 IDEA Fitness Manager for full results of IDEA’s survey.

In the 2nd annual Fitness Trends survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, Pilates and yoga both made the top-10 list of trends for 2008. Pilates ranked #7 on the list, and yoga came in at #10. Survey respondents considered Pilates mat work the more popular form of practice because they found it more conventional and less expensive than exercising on Pilates equipment.



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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at www.shirleyarcher.com.