Top 10 Hot & Happening Trends

Find out from the fitness pros what's new and most popular for 2010.

Joan Westlake

HealthKey.com contributor

January 7, 2010


Group exercise, fusion classes, strength training and custom programs are among the fitness trends taking exercise buffs into the New Year. Professional groups such as American College of Sports Medicine and the IDEA Health and Fitness Association survey thousands of fitness professionals to find out what's new and most popular.

And the survey says?

1. Personal Trainers.
Even in this economy, more and more people are hiring personal trainers to put them and keep them on a steady wellness track.

2. Group Personal Training.
Whether due to frugality or misery loves company, personal trainers are reporting that couples and friends joining together for private, one-on-one sessions.

3. Pilates.
Barely a blip on the fitness scene a decade ago, now you can take Pilates in big club classes as well as personalized studios.

4. Fitness Fusion.
Keep from getting bored and target a wider range of muscles with these exercise combos popping up in clubs and on DVDs. Yogilates expands yoga moves into Pilate's country. Be a little naughty with cardio striptease or Shelia Kelley's pole dancing workout. Do your spinning in the pool with Hydro Ride or add a one-two punch to your boxing routine with some Tai Chi. Imagination is the only limit.

5. Gadget Workouts.
Take your pick from a growing gym bag full of Wii fitness games or take your workout with you using one of the exercise apps pumping up smart phones.

6. Ball Bodies.
Get on the ball to increase balance and strength. This low-tech piece of equipment has bowled over the fitness industry. Pair with some hand weights and you've got a full body workout.

7. Wellness Clubs.
Health clubs are adding nutritionists, weight loss programs and services such as massage and acupuncture to expand their images as just places to workout.

8. Age Specific Programs.
From prenatal to seniors, programs are being created to address the needs of specific populations. Children's obesity clinics run right along the low-impact exercises sought out by many Boomers.

9. Strength Training.
Once thought to be the domain of the muscle bound, strength training is appearing on everyone's workout program as its weight loss and general well being benefits are being realized.

10. Core Training.
Different from strength training, these moves specifically emphasize the spine-supporting, middle-body muscles including the pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen.