These Are the Top Ten Fitness Trends for 2019

Every year since 2006, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have conducted a survey to predict future health and fitness trends for the following year. In the November and December edition of the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, they released the results for their Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2019, and the results are pretty interesting.

The survey conducted is used to help predict trends in both fitness and wellness for the following year with responses from those who work in the health and fitness industry, while also identifying fads, or activities/workout styles that are only relevant for a short period.

In their report, the ACSM states that they received 2,038 responses from nearly every continent and these responses were made up of 65% women and 45% men. Additionally, they report that over 60% of the survey respondents stated to have 10 or more years of experience in the industry, and 45% of the total respondents reported to make an annual salary of $50,000 or more.

Wait, why do these demographics matter? In respects to predicting trends and fads, experience can play a heavy role in accurately doing so.

Below, we’ve included the top ten 2019 fitness trends predicted from the ACSM’s worldwide survey (to view the full 20, click on the ACSM link above). Are they all specific to strength sports? No, but some of them are, and some of them can indirectly relate to where strength sports as a whole are heading.

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Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2019

1. Wearable Technology
2. Group Training
3. High-Intensity Interval Training
4. Fitness Programs for Older Adults
5. Bodyweight Training
6. Employing Certified Fitness Professionals
7. Yoga
8. Personal Training
9. Functional Fitness Training
10. Exercise Is Medicine

Takeaway Thoughts

Let’s address the elephant in the room, yes, the survey was conducted by the ACSM, so the results might be slightly skewed compared to if another certifying entity conducted the survey. And there’s no denying the fact that the list above isn’t incredibly directly relatable to specific strength sports, but it can be useful information nonetheless.

If you work in the industry, or you are heavily invested in training yourself, then understanding these potential trends can help you excel in things like training others, marketing yourself, and connecting with others. Not to mention, being ahead of the curve is never a bad idea. The awareness of what’s trending and adapting that to what one specializes in can be a useful key to success.

Feature image from @acsm1954 Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

4 thoughts on “These Are the Top Ten Fitness Trends for 2019”

  1. Thanks for the summary Jake! It’s interesting to compare this list to last year’s list. Last year, HIIT was no. 1 and Wearable Technology was no. 3, and now it’s the opposite. Is HIIT losing popularity?
    Also, Fitness Programs for Older Adults was no.9, now it’s no. 4. That is a very important trend to pay attention to.

  2. Hello, i have been finding ways to lost weight for many years . I recently came across a program called’ The Fat Decimator System’ and the program seem legit . I saw a review about it ahttp://www.lifeadvice18.com/the-fat-decimator-systemt and it said that people are able to lose 21lbs or more in 21days . What are your thought on the program

  3. Hi Jake, where does QAIO Flex fall in these categories? Wearable technology? I don’t think so. Also, i thought home gym is quite a thing now?

  4. Hello Jake, will you write about or make reviews on smart fitness mirrors too? How it is necessary, its benefits and disadvantages.
    Thanks.

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