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Top 10 Personal Training Trends for 2013

The 17th IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Trends Report bears out that fitness professionals are becoming more specialized, yet more diverse, as the North American population ages and transforms its demographic markers. As in recent years, the programming and services offered clearly underscore a robust personal training presence.

Eighty-one percent of IDEA member facilities offer personal training. Here are a few more stats from this year’s survey:

  • Body weight leverage training, functional resistance training and senior-specific classes/training rank as the top three personal training exercise trends.
  • The most common modes of training are strength training (100%); stretching and/or flexibility (97%); balance training (95%); and functional resistance training (94%).
  • Personal training is offered as on-on-one (99%); 2 clients share (90%); 3-5 clients share (71%); youth, aged 18 or younger, one-on-one (64%); and youth, aged 18 or younger, group (48%).
  • Cardio training is accomplished by interval training (88%); circuit training (84%); endurance training (81%); and cross training (78%).

Survey results are based on responses from 2,818 fitness professionals. Also included in the report are statistics on group fitness, mind-body, equipment and facility trends.

Here are the top 10 personal training program trends for 2013. How does your facility stack up?:

To see more personal training statistics including average number of weekly sessions, average client retention and average fee click here.

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