ACSM health traits for 2023

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New entries for 2023 include balance and stabilization training, stretch training and VR exercise training

Wearable technology is the number one worldwide fitness trend for 2023 according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which has released a list of 20 industry trends taken from its annual survey.

Launched in 2006 and designed to help sector stakeholders make informed business decisions, this year’s survey was sent to 125,940 people, including more than 32,000 ACSM-certified fitness professionals, with 3,735 (58 percent women and 41 percent men) responding from almost every continent.

The results were released in the article Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2023, penned by ACSM’s past president, Walter Thompson, the lead author of the survey, and published in the ACSM Health & Fitness Journal.

Top ten trends are: wearable technology, strength training with free weights, body weight training, fitness programs for older adults, functional fitness training, outdoor activities HIIT, exercise for weight loss, employing certified exercise professionals and personal training, as detailed in this HCM report, while trends are making up the rest of the top 20 are: core training; circuit training; home exercise gyms; group training; exercise is medicine; lifestyle medicine; yoga; license for fitness professionals; health/wellbeing coaching; and mobile exercise apps.

Thompson says trends that have disappeared from the top 20 for 2023 include online live and on-demand exercises classes (number nine in 2022) and online personal training which moves from 17 to 26.

New entries include balance and stabilization training (in at number 23), stretch-based training (debuting at 36) and virtual reality exercise training (in at number 41).

ACSM also released a 2023 Fitness Trends from Around the Globe, highlighting the top 20 fitness trends for Australia, Brazil, Europe, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and the United States.

The number one trend for Australia is fitness programs for older adults; for Brazil, it’s personal training; for Europe, body weight training; for Mexico, exercise and weight loss programs; Portugal has license for fitness professionals in the top spot; Spain puts functional fitness in first position; and the US has wearable technology as its number one trend.

ACSM’s 2023 insight report tracks industry trends each year, creating a barometer of what’s hot and what’s not. HCM gives the lowdown

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