‘Back-to-the-Basics’ - One of 2013’s top fitness trends

Remember the kind of shape you were in during grade school? Those burpees, plank holds and suicide sprints that got you fitter than you have ever been? Now the same basic movements you did in PE class and the drills that got you conditioned for high school sports are becoming popular in exercise programs at gyms worldwide. 

Each year, The American College of Sports Medicine surveys over 3,000 health and fitness professionals worldwide to reveal trends in fitness environments. Consistent with thRowback’s mantra, probably the most significant trend is bodyweight training, which includes back-to-basics exercises like push-ups, planks, pull-ups and squats, appears in the top 10 for the first time (at #3).  2013 also marks the first time pilates and spinning fell out of the top 20 entirely.

Trainers are seeing that the resistance of one’s own body is not only more effective than machines, but safer, easier, and more variable (as demonstrated by Adam Sandler).  Another great advantage of bodyweight training is it can be done virtually anywhere!

Since we agree that back-to-basics workouts are extremely productive exercises, this will be a focus for us in later posts. Look forward to greater efficiency and progressive results with some basic, old school exercises.

If you’re curious, here are the other top trends for 2013…

1.  Certified & Educated Fitness Professionals
2.  Strength Training
3.  Bodyweight Training
4.  Children & Obesity Prevention 
5.  Exercise with Diet for Weight Loss 
6.  Fitness Programs for Older Adults 
7.  Personal Training 
8.  Functional Fitness 
9.  Core Training 
10.  Group Personal Training 
11.  Worksite Health Promotion 
12.  Zumba and Other Dance Workouts 
13.  Outdoor Activities 
14.  Yoga 
15.  Worker Incentive Programs 
16.  Boot Camp 
17.  Outcome Measurements 
18.  Circuit Training 
19.  Reaching New Markets 

20.  Wellness Coaching