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ACSM Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2012

According to an article in the Huffington Post, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has ranked the top 20 fitness trends for 2012.  A survey was completed by 2,620 ACSM certified fitness professionals.  While some things have remained the same, Pilates is off the list for the second year in a row.  But let’s take a look at the list…  Then help decide if you think Pilates should still be considered a player in the top 20 trends.

ACSM’s Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2012

  1. Certified & Educated Fitness Professionals
  2. Strength Training
  3. Fitness Programs for Older Adults
  4. Exercise with Diet for Weight Loss
  5. Children & Obesity Prevention
  6. Personal Training
  7. Core Training
  8. Group Personal Training
  9. Zumba
  10. Functional Fitness
  11. Yoga
  12. Health Promotion at the office
  13. Boot Camp
  14. Outdoor Activities
  15. Reaching New Markets
  16. Spinning
  17. Sport-Specific Training
  18. Worker Incentive Programs
  19. Wellness Coach
  20. Patient Referrals

OK, Pilates teachers & students…what do you think about this list?

As I look at it – and think about what I do when working with my clients to improve their whole-body health with Pilates, I see Pilates as a key fitness player in at least the following categories:

Patient Referrals – many doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists are referring their patients to Pilates.

Sport-Specific Training – I know that I’m working with runners, tri-athletes, dancers, equestrians, football players, soccer players, swimmers, cyclists, and other athletes who are using Pilates to help them stay safe, injury-free, and improve their sports performance.

Functional Fitness – Pilates is the tool I use to help my clients understand how their body is designed to move.  Everything in Pilates IS functional fitness!

Group Personal Training – Yes, we teach Pilates as a group personal training experience with duets, trios, quartets…

Core Training – Pilates is primarily thought of as a “core training” experience.  Of course it’s much more, but with every exercise we are working the core.

Personal Training – In my opinion, the very best way to start as a Pilates student is with one-on-one Pilates personal training.  Pilates teachers ARE in the Personal Training business.

Fitness Programs for Older Adults – What is “older” anyway?  Isn’t 60 the new 30?  I find that many “older” adults are embracing Pilates because it is a life-time fitness activity that is much gentler on their bodies, and provides great benefits without the additional stress or strain from activities they enjoyed in their youth.

Strength Training – Pilates IS a combination of strength and flexibility with every exercise.  Pilates is strength with length, a great combination for a sleek physique.

Certified & Educated Fitness Professionals – Well to be a Pilates Teacher requires a great education!  A well-qualified Pilates Teacher has put in the time to develop their professional skills, has completed a comprehensive Pilates Teacher-Training program, and has the opportunity to sit for a nationally recognized Pilates Teacher Certification Exam through the Pilates Method Alliance.

So by my count….out of the top 20 fitness trends for 2012 – at least NINE of them can be achieved through Pilates!

Who says Pilates isn’t still on trend?  Perhaps now Pilates has moved beyond “trendy” and into the mainstream consciousness of intelligent people looking for an efficient and effective way to improve their fitness and whole-body health.

Let’s bust this fitness “trend” list
and show the world how many benefits Pilates has to offer!

  • What was your reason to start enjoying the benefits of Pilates?
  • What has Pilates done for you?
  • If you are a Pilates Teacher, How many of your clients use Pilates as their primary method of exercise for fitness & wellness?

Do you agree with the ACSM’s Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2012, or do you think Pilates should still be on this list?

Voice your opinion, and let’s keep Pilates relevant in the fitness industry as one of most participated activities for strength, flexibility, and a healthy mind, body, and Spirit.

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