The results of the 10th yearly American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2016 are in. No surprise to us here at SABEL Labs, but Wearable technology has leapt into the water this year emerging as the leading trend in fitness.
The ACSM defined a trend as a “general development or change in a situation or in the way people are behaving” with and a fad being described as a “fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period”. The survey identified 40 possible trends and used a Likert-type 1-10 scale to rate each trend. 26,933 surveys sent out to professionals in the fitness industry across the globe. 2833 responders (11%) completed the survey with responses from all over the world. Additionally, a good range of experience levels, gender, and ages was represented in the responders. Below is the list of the results.
We’re pretty sure that wearables are here to stay but only time will tell in the next few years whether wearables will be considered a trend or a fad. At the moment we’re pretty chuffed to be considered ‘trendy’ and ride the wearables wave.
Here’s the link to the article below. http://journals.lww.com/acsm-healthfitness/Fulltext/2015/11000/WORLDWIDE_SURVEY_OF_FITNESS_TRENDS_FOR_2016__10th.5.aspx