Wearables Lead 2019 Fitness Trends

Survey suggests they're international industry trends, not fads.

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Jan 11, 2019

Wearable technology—like fitness trackers, smartwatches, heart rate monitors and GPS trackers—are the top fitness trend for 2019, according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s 13th annual survey among industry professionals.

The second leading trend is group training, defined as including more than five participants and considered a separate category from small-group personal training. Interestingly, group exercise did not appear in the top 20 until 2017; last year it also ranked second. The third top trend is high-intensity interval training. HIIT first appeared in the top 20 in 2014, ranking as number one, and has appeared in the top five every year since.

Trends to watch include fitness programming aimed at older adults, which ranked as number four for 2019, as well as body-weight training, listed fifth.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is 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.

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