Each fall, the American College of Sports Medicine (‘ACSM’) surveys over 3,000 fitness professionals to reveal trends for the upcoming year. For 2014, two of Throwback’s mantras are listed at #1 and #2: high intensity interval training (‘HIIT’) and bodyweight training.
High Intensity Interval Training
“High intensity interval training made its first appearance on this list this year. Its appearance in the top spot on the list reflects how this form of exercise has taken the fitness community by storm in recent months,” said Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey. According to ACSM, HIIT “involves short bursts of high-intensity bouts of exercise followed by a short period of rest or recovery; these exercise programs usually take less than 30 minutes to perform.”
Throwback is a huge proponent of HIIT because it is tremendously efficient. Rather than steady-state cardio where you may continue to burn fat for only 20 minutes after a workout, a Throwback or HIIT workout spikes your metabolism and your body will continue to use fat as the predominant source of energy for hours after the workout. See afterburn effect. We also love it because you can combine your strength and cardio sessions and make your workout into a game or competition with almost infinite variability. Better than long, rest-laden periods performing the same monotonous exercises, right?
Bodyweight training made its first appearance in the top 10 last year and jumped from #3 to #2 in the most recent survey. It almost sounds like ACSM had Throwback Fitness in mind when writing this: “Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness.”
We like bodyweight training because it is gimmick-free and it works – people have been using their bodies as a form of resistance since the beginning of time. It is functional and there is a tremendous amount of ways to vary bodyweight movements.
Here’s a link to the full list of the top 20 trends for 2014.