According to the worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2013, Fitness education comes in at number 1, strength training comes in at number 2, bodyweight training 3, children and obesity 4, exercise and fat loss 5 followed by exercise for the older adult 6. Boot camps are now down to number 16 from last year’s position at 13. Pilates is still very buoyant in the industry although did not make it in the top 20. Kettlebells and sandbag training are not mentioned in the top twenty and spinning has taken a tumble. Sports training for young athletes also dropped out of the top twenty. One of the major questions being asked this year is has the effect of a weak economy affected certain fitness trends. The survey was sent out to 29,630 qualified Health & Fitness professional’s, qualified with the ACSM. The majority of fitness instructors in the UK are qualified with the Register of exercise professionals (REPS) so how representative this would be in the UK may be debated.
Bodyweight training certainly seems to be on the increase and another prediction for this year from a few experts in the industry is an increase in people training at home.
Worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2013 by Thompson, W. (2012)
The 2012 Olympic Legacy takes another hit
The government has just announced that they have cut the funding for the sports partnerships at schools in the UK; this could affect lunchtime and after school sports from August 2013. Much of the money was spent on staff to run extra curriculum sports. Locally an MP in Banbury said this will affect all the schools both primary and secondary in the Oxfordshire area. There is a new National Schools Funding Formula being announced, but local partnerships developed under the old scheme will be more unlikely to be able to take part in the new scheme. Over the years it has been running it has seen an increase in students from 20% to 85% taking part in sport.