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Oct. 29, 2010 -- Pilates may have become passe. That type of mind-body physical training activity has fallen out of the American College of Sports Medicine's top 20 predicted fitness trends for the first time in years.
One reason may be economic, says fitness expert Walter R. Thompson, PHD, Regent's Professor at Georgia State University.
"Pilates requires some specialized training, and that may be why that kind of training isn't in the top 20 predicted fitness trends for 2011," Thompson tells WebMD. "Some gyms may be looking for a cheaper way to deliver services, at least through the economic times we're in right now."
He says he's not surprised, and that he'd felt "a couple of years ago that Pilates were a fad, not a trend. I think that's true."
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Here are the top 20 predicted worldwide fitness trends for 2011 from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), based on an online survey of more than 2,200 health and fitness professionals certified by the organization. Responses were received from Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, North America, and South America.
The survey is published in the organization's Health and Fitness Journal:
Thompson, an exercise physiologist at Georgia State University, says it's a little surprising that balance training and the use of stability balls also have fallen out of the Top 20.
"Interest in medical fitness, worker incentive programs, and worksite wellness programs may be a direct result of health care reform measures" as well as an initiative called Exercise is Medicine, Thompson says in a news release. "With an estimated 80% of Americans not having a regular exercise program or a place to exercise, health and fitness professionals must search for new ways to deliver their services to people who need them."
SOURCES: News release, American College of Sports Medicine.Thompson, W. Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2011, Health and Fitness Journal.Walter R. Thompson, PHD, Regent's Professor, Georgia State University.Exercise is Medicine web site.
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