There was a time when the term “fitness trend” would make you want to roll your eyes—and for good reason. It seems there’s always a new technique or style that claims to get people fitter, faster (and usually for more money), but when it comes to this year’s trend, you might want to hold the eye roll.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) announces their top fitness trends each year, based on a poll of more than 3,400 health and fitness professionals around the world. They offered choices of 39 potential trends and selected the top 20, which were then ranked to determine the trends of 2015.
According to the survey, body weight training is the number one fitness trend of 2015. This workout can be simple and affordable, as it doesn’t require any equipment, and it’s a refreshingly no-frills solution to personal fitness.
“It’s no surprise to see body weight training claiming the top spot this year,” said Dr. Walter R. Thompson, the lead author of the survey. “These kinds of exercises provide the benefit of requiring little to no equipment and are incorporated into many fitness programs that are currently popular.”
The top fitness trend of 2014 was High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which involves quick spurts of challenging activity, followed by a period of rest. The major benefit of these programs is that they can usually be completed in less than 30 minutes and the after burn effect is said to last longer.