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Strength Training among fitness trends for 2013

Posted on Nov. 7, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

Strength training is in. Pilates are out. Those are the findings of a survey by the American College of Sports Medicine that predicts major health and fitness trends for the coming year. A quick rundown:

1. Educated and certified fitness pros: More fitness programs tied to businesses and organizations mean more jobs for fitness experts.

2. Strength training: Yes, body builders pump iron, but regular folk, in increasing numbers. rely on weights to improve or maintain strength, and rehabilitate injuries.

3. Body weight training: This back-to-basics approach, which requires only a minimum amount of equipment, is all the rage in gyms everywhere.

4. Obesity programs for children: A chronic — and frightening — health issue demands more specialized physical activities for those in need.

5. Exercise and weight loss: More people are realizing that incorporating exercise and into their daily diet routine is essential for weight-loss maintenance.

Other major fitness trends listed near the top of the survey include:

Ÿ Programs for older adults

Ÿ Personal training

Ÿ Functional fitness

Ÿ Core training

Ÿ Group personal training

Ÿ Worksite health promotion

Ÿ Zumba and other dance workouts

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