GET FIT TECH
Sign up for the FREE digital edition of Fit Tech magazine and also get the Fit Tech ezine and breaking news email alerts.
Not right now, thanksclose this window I've already subscribed!
Technogym | Fit Tech promotion
Technogym | Fit Tech promotion
Technogym | Fit Tech promotion
FIT TECH News

ACSM publishes its 2024 Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends

By
Trends linking health and fitness and medical are key to ACSM’s new Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends
Exercise for older adults and for mental health are also top trends globally
In response to obesity rates, exercise for weight loss also popular
Dedicated reports have been produced for 10 countries and world regions

The fitness industry is gearing up to engage with the medical profession according to the results of the American College of Sport’s Medicine (ACSM) trends list for 2024.

Now in its 18th year, the annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends gathers data from thousands of respondents to predict the trends which will impact the fitness industry.

While trends vary across the globe, exercise for improved health outcomes is prevalent everywhere, including exercise for weight loss in response to the obesity epidemic, exercise for older adults and exercise as medicine.

ACSM says: “Trends relating to health and special populations seem strong, suggesting a promising collaboration between the medical and fitness communities to support public health through physical activity and exercise.”

Results of the main survey are as follows:

1.

Wearable technology has been at the top of the table since 2016, with the exception of being third in 2018 and second in 2021. Since technology is accessible, keeps evolving and is increasingly being used to personalise programmes and track progress, it’s no surprise it is enduringly popular.

2. Worksite health promotion came second, which suggests an increased awareness of the benefits of supporting the health of the workforce.

Ill health among working-age people is increasing dramatically with an associated economic cost: in the UK, The Health Foundation estimates around 7.4m people are struggling with a health condition which limits their work and earning potential. Providing health-promoting opportunities at work, such as fitness facilities or preventative screenings, can lower insurance costs, increase workplace productivity and improve mental health.

3. Fitness programmes for older adults: the Western world has an ageing population and old age leads to an increased risk of chronic illness, cognitive impairment, stroke and falls. Regular aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activity can maintain independence and quality of life for longer, so this is an obvious space for the fitness industry to step into.

4. Exercise for weight loss is up from eighth in 2023 and recognises the role regular exercise can play in improving metabolic function and reducing body fat, as well as how obesity and its comorbidities are on the rise.

5. Reimbursement for Qualified Exercise Professionals (QEPs) is testament to the part qualified exercise professionals can play in the health care continuum. An ACSM Task Force was formed in 2021 to advocate for policy change to allow insurance billing for patient services performed by QEPs to improve physical activity outcomes and quality of life.

6. Employing Certified Exercise Professionals is a consistent top 10 trend and reflects the increasing professionalisation of the industry with health and fitness providers hiring trained professionals to lead fitness programmes.

7. Mobile exercise apps are in the top ten for the first time. This trend reflects the proliferation of smart phone apps now available to support individuals in their training programmes, to track progress, acquire skills and be part of a supportive online community.

8. Exercise for mental health is number eight and acknowledges the increasing awareness, in both the industry and consumers, that movement can improve mental health, cognition and mood.

9. Youth athletic development: it’s easier to learn and develop skills when young – which is the basis of the recently launched Physical Literacy Consensus Statement for England – as well as a rise in training facilities and programmes aimed at young people in the US. ACSM recommends exercise professionals considering speciality training to work with this population.

10. Personal training has been a popular trend throughout the lifespan of the survey and indicates that one-to-one training still has major appeal.

Further down the list from 11 to 20 are:

11. Lifestyle medicine (promoting healthy behaviours);

12. Outdoor fitness activities (less popular since the pandemic);

13. Health and wellness coaching (health promotion and lifestyle medicine programmes);

14. Functional fitness training, yoga, exercise is medicine (encouraging health care providers to use exercise as part of a recovery plan);

15. Traditional strength training (surprise drop from second last year);

16. Data-driven training technology (using real time feedback during a workout);

17. Online personal training and HIIT.

In the European report, personal training is top of the ranks, followed by HIIT and small group training, with wearable technology coming in at number 15. Other notable differences include rehabilitation classes at number 11; walking, running, jogging and cycling clubs at number 17; boutique fitness studios at 18 and Pilates at 19.

In Australia, exercise for mental health was top of the leaderboard, followed by fitness programmes for older adults and group training. Inclusive exercise services were number 10.

Exercise for weight loss was number one in Mexico; in Brazil it was fitness programmes for older adults. Like the rest of Europe, personal training came out top in Portugal and in Spain it was functional fitness training.

In the UAE exercise for weight loss was the top trend, followed by personal training and strength training. Boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts were number five.

This year 22 per cent of respondents were either full-time or part-time personal trainers, 51 per cent were men with an average age of 39.2 years. Dieticians, gym owners and medical professionals were also among the cohort questioned.

Specific reports are also available for Australia, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Spain. For the first time individual reports have been prepared for Chile, Italy and UAE.

More fit tech news
The ICO has ruled that eight leisure operators have been unlawfully processing the biometric data of their employees to be ...
news • 23 Feb 2024
More consumers are realising meditation is beneficial, but many give up because it’s difficult to master the mind. The Muse ...
news • 21 Feb 2024
Newcomer to the market, Lunar Health Clubs, is gearing up to open its first high-end club this April, in Marlow ...
news • 19 Feb 2024
University of Washington researchers have created a wireless wearable in the form of a thermal earring that continuously monitors a ...
news • 16 Feb 2024
Zumba, and virtual reality workout platform, FitXR, have joined forces to offer mixed-reality versions of Zumba's dance routines. The partnership ...
news • 13 Feb 2024
Triathlon legends, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, have launched a free conversational AI tool to share their vast training knowledge with ...
news • 07 Feb 2024
Self Esteem Brands (SEB), owner of Anytime Fitness, has released year-end results which show year-on-year revenues up by 12.3 per ...
More HCM news
According to McKinsey’s latest report, The trends defining the US$1.8 trillion global wellness market in 2024, the market for wellness ...
news • 24 Jan 2024
One of the most famous bodybuilders of all time – turned Hollywood actor – turned Californian governor – Arnold Schwarzenegger, ...
news • 23 Jan 2024
Egym has signalled its intention to become a major global player in the health club equipment space, signing up former ...
news • 19 Jan 2024
With pressure on medical services at an all time high, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is calling for ...
news • 17 Jan 2024
Sennheiser has teamed up with Polar Electro for the launch of its Momentum Sport earbuds which deliver Polar’s bio-sensing capabilities ...
news • 09 Jan 2024
The fitness industry is gearing up to engage with the medical profession according to the results of the American College ...
news • 05 Jan 2024
TikTok, has launched into the fitness market with a new hub called #TikTokFitness and a supporting consumer marketing push. The ...
news • 05 Jan 2024
Les Mills has released Les Mills XR Dance for the Meta Quest 3 headset. The release is the company's second ...
news • 20 Dec 2023
Equinox has appointed a Health Advisory Board of medical experts and academics to 'define new frontiers in the science of ...
news • 15 Dec 2023
Horizon Leisure is upgrading and investing in its new shopping-centre health hub – The Wellbeing Hub in Havant, UK – ...
news • 15 Dec 2023
Google has just released Gemini, a new multimodal AI which is being billed as a "ChatGPT Killer". Unlike ChatGPT, it ...
news • 06 Dec 2023
Survivalist, Bear Grylls has partnered with four mental health heavyweights and former TV producer, Neil Smith, to create an app ...
news • 06 Dec 2023
Sport Alliance has named Erwin Korst vice president sales international. The appointment comes as the company announces US$100m of new ...
news • 04 Dec 2023
Training provider, The Fitness Group, has teamed up with personal training app, My PT Hub, to make it easier for ...
news • 19 Nov 2023
The Maybourne Hotel Group – manager of iconic global hotels including Claridges, The Berkeley and The Connaught – has partnered ...
news • 17 Nov 2023
Timbaland, Platinum Grammy Award-winning producer, who's worked with artists such as Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Madonna, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Drake ...
news • 15 Nov 2023
Connected fitness equipment supplier, Echelon Fitness, has signed a multi-year deal with Run Disney, the road race division of Disney ...
news • 14 Nov 2023
The first ever Siro hotel, marketed as the "ultimate fitness and recovery hotel", is now accepting reservations. Set to open ...
news • 09 Nov 2023
The rapid advance of technology in all areas of life is putting societies in flux, creating uncertainty and forcing people ...
news • 05 Nov 2023
Apple has teamed up with Anytime Fitness to offer levels of reciprocal access between Apple Fitness+ and Anytime Fitness health ...
news • 02 Nov 2023
Tech giant, Huawei, has launched a new Health Lab, where it will conduct research on how it can "provide better ...
news • 01 Nov 2023
Les Mills is jumping into Mixed Reality with the launch of the Bodycombat XR workout, designed by programme directors, Rachael ...
news • 16 Oct 2023
A new startup is looking to carve out a market for itself by helping those working in sports and physical ...
news • 12 Oct 2023
Interactive Strength, maker of fitness screen FORME, has revealed plans to acquire vertical climber brand CLMBR for an undisclosed sum. ...
news • 12 Oct 2023
More fit tech news
PSLT Fitness Solutions manufacture, remanufacture and buy back commercial gym equipment. We supply and maintain ...
Balanced Body is the global leader in Pilates equipment and education. Founded over 47 years ...
Lockers
Salt therapy products
Cryotherapy
Digital
Flooring
20-22 Mar 2024
The Salil Hotel Riverside, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
PSLT Fitness Solutions manufacture, remanufacture and buy back commercial gym equipment. We supply and maintain ...
Balanced Body is the global leader in Pilates equipment and education. Founded over 47 years ...
Get Fit Tech
Sign up for the free Fit Tech ezine and breaking news alerts
Sign up
Lockers
Salt therapy products
Cryotherapy
Digital
Flooring
20-22 Mar 2024
The Salil Hotel Riverside, Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

features

Profile

Fahad Alhagbani: reinventing fitness

The team is young and ambitious, and the awareness of technology is very high. We share trends and out-of-the-box ideas almost every day
Fit Tech people

Ali Jawad

Paralympic powerlifter and founder, Accessercise
Users can easily identify which facilities in the UK are accessible to the disabled community
Fit Tech people

Jamie Buck

Co-founder, Active in Time
We created a solution called AiT Voice, which turns digital data into a spoken audio timetable that connects to phone systems
Profile

Sohail Rashid

My vision was to create a platform that could improve the sport for lifters at all levels and attract more people, similar to how Strava, Peloton and Zwift have in other sports
Fit Tech people

Hannes Sjöblad

MD, DSruptive
We want to give our users an implantable tool that allows them to collect their health data at any time and in any setting
Profile

New reality

Sam Cole, CEO of FitXR, talks to Fit Tech about taking digital workouts to the next level, with an immersive, virtual reality fitness club
Research

Physical activity monitors boost activity levels

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have conducted a meta analysis of all relevant research and found that the body of evidence shows an impact
Ageing

Reverse Ageing

Many apps help people track their health, but Humanity founders Peter Ward and Michael Geer have put the focus on ageing, to help users to see the direct repercussions of their habits. They talk to Steph Eaves
App analysis

Going hybrid

Workout Anytime created its app in partnership with Virtuagym. Workout Anytime’s Greg Maurer and Virtuagym’s Hugo Braam explain the process behind its creation
Editor's letter

Into the fitaverse

Fitness is already among the top three markets in the metaverse, with new technology and partnerships driving real growth and consumer engagement that looks likely to spill over into health clubs, gyms and studios
Opinion

Building on the blockchain

For small sports teams looking to compete with giants, blockchain can be a secret weapon explains Lars Rensing, CEO of Protokol
App analysis

Check your form

Sency’s motion analysis technology is allowing users to check their technique as they exercise. Co-founder and CEO Gal Rotman explains how
More features
FIT TECH News

ACSM publishes its 2024 Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends

By
Trends linking health and fitness and medical are key to ACSM’s new Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends
Exercise for older adults and for mental health are also top trends globally
In response to obesity rates, exercise for weight loss also popular
Dedicated reports have been produced for 10 countries and world regions

The fitness industry is gearing up to engage with the medical profession according to the results of the American College of Sport’s Medicine (ACSM) trends list for 2024.

Now in its 18th year, the annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends gathers data from thousands of respondents to predict the trends which will impact the fitness industry.

While trends vary across the globe, exercise for improved health outcomes is prevalent everywhere, including exercise for weight loss in response to the obesity epidemic, exercise for older adults and exercise as medicine.

ACSM says: “Trends relating to health and special populations seem strong, suggesting a promising collaboration between the medical and fitness communities to support public health through physical activity and exercise.”

Results of the main survey are as follows:

1.

Wearable technology has been at the top of the table since 2016, with the exception of being third in 2018 and second in 2021. Since technology is accessible, keeps evolving and is increasingly being used to personalise programmes and track progress, it’s no surprise it is enduringly popular.

2. Worksite health promotion came second, which suggests an increased awareness of the benefits of supporting the health of the workforce.

Ill health among working-age people is increasing dramatically with an associated economic cost: in the UK, The Health Foundation estimates around 7.4m people are struggling with a health condition which limits their work and earning potential. Providing health-promoting opportunities at work, such as fitness facilities or preventative screenings, can lower insurance costs, increase workplace productivity and improve mental health.

3. Fitness programmes for older adults: the Western world has an ageing population and old age leads to an increased risk of chronic illness, cognitive impairment, stroke and falls. Regular aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activity can maintain independence and quality of life for longer, so this is an obvious space for the fitness industry to step into.

4. Exercise for weight loss is up from eighth in 2023 and recognises the role regular exercise can play in improving metabolic function and reducing body fat, as well as how obesity and its comorbidities are on the rise.

5. Reimbursement for Qualified Exercise Professionals (QEPs) is testament to the part qualified exercise professionals can play in the health care continuum. An ACSM Task Force was formed in 2021 to advocate for policy change to allow insurance billing for patient services performed by QEPs to improve physical activity outcomes and quality of life.

6. Employing Certified Exercise Professionals is a consistent top 10 trend and reflects the increasing professionalisation of the industry with health and fitness providers hiring trained professionals to lead fitness programmes.

7. Mobile exercise apps are in the top ten for the first time. This trend reflects the proliferation of smart phone apps now available to support individuals in their training programmes, to track progress, acquire skills and be part of a supportive online community.

8. Exercise for mental health is number eight and acknowledges the increasing awareness, in both the industry and consumers, that movement can improve mental health, cognition and mood.

9. Youth athletic development: it’s easier to learn and develop skills when young – which is the basis of the recently launched Physical Literacy Consensus Statement for England – as well as a rise in training facilities and programmes aimed at young people in the US. ACSM recommends exercise professionals considering speciality training to work with this population.

10. Personal training has been a popular trend throughout the lifespan of the survey and indicates that one-to-one training still has major appeal.

Further down the list from 11 to 20 are:

11. Lifestyle medicine (promoting healthy behaviours);

12. Outdoor fitness activities (less popular since the pandemic);

13. Health and wellness coaching (health promotion and lifestyle medicine programmes);

14. Functional fitness training, yoga, exercise is medicine (encouraging health care providers to use exercise as part of a recovery plan);

15. Traditional strength training (surprise drop from second last year);

16. Data-driven training technology (using real time feedback during a workout);

17. Online personal training and HIIT.

In the European report, personal training is top of the ranks, followed by HIIT and small group training, with wearable technology coming in at number 15. Other notable differences include rehabilitation classes at number 11; walking, running, jogging and cycling clubs at number 17; boutique fitness studios at 18 and Pilates at 19.

In Australia, exercise for mental health was top of the leaderboard, followed by fitness programmes for older adults and group training. Inclusive exercise services were number 10.

Exercise for weight loss was number one in Mexico; in Brazil it was fitness programmes for older adults. Like the rest of Europe, personal training came out top in Portugal and in Spain it was functional fitness training.

In the UAE exercise for weight loss was the top trend, followed by personal training and strength training. Boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts were number five.

This year 22 per cent of respondents were either full-time or part-time personal trainers, 51 per cent were men with an average age of 39.2 years. Dieticians, gym owners and medical professionals were also among the cohort questioned.

Specific reports are also available for Australia, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Spain. For the first time individual reports have been prepared for Chile, Italy and UAE.

More fit tech news
The ICO has ruled that eight leisure operators have been unlawfully processing the biometric data of their employees to be ...
news • 23 Feb 2024
More consumers are realising meditation is beneficial, but many give up because it’s difficult to master the mind. The Muse ...
news • 21 Feb 2024
Newcomer to the market, Lunar Health Clubs, is gearing up to open its first high-end club this April, in Marlow ...
news • 19 Feb 2024
University of Washington researchers have created a wireless wearable in the form of a thermal earring that continuously monitors a ...
news • 16 Feb 2024
Zumba, and virtual reality workout platform, FitXR, have joined forces to offer mixed-reality versions of Zumba's dance routines. The partnership ...
news • 13 Feb 2024
Triathlon legends, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, have launched a free conversational AI tool to share their vast training knowledge with ...
news • 07 Feb 2024
Self Esteem Brands (SEB), owner of Anytime Fitness, has released year-end results which show year-on-year revenues up by 12.3 per ...
More HCM news
According to McKinsey’s latest report, The trends defining the US$1.8 trillion global wellness market in 2024, the market for wellness ...
news • 24 Jan 2024
One of the most famous bodybuilders of all time – turned Hollywood actor – turned Californian governor – Arnold Schwarzenegger, ...
news • 23 Jan 2024
Egym has signalled its intention to become a major global player in the health club equipment space, signing up former ...
news • 19 Jan 2024
With pressure on medical services at an all time high, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is calling for ...
news • 17 Jan 2024
Sennheiser has teamed up with Polar Electro for the launch of its Momentum Sport earbuds which deliver Polar’s bio-sensing capabilities ...
news • 09 Jan 2024
The fitness industry is gearing up to engage with the medical profession according to the results of the American College ...
news • 05 Jan 2024
TikTok, has launched into the fitness market with a new hub called #TikTokFitness and a supporting consumer marketing push. The ...
news • 05 Jan 2024
Les Mills has released Les Mills XR Dance for the Meta Quest 3 headset. The release is the company's second ...
news • 20 Dec 2023
Equinox has appointed a Health Advisory Board of medical experts and academics to 'define new frontiers in the science of ...
news • 15 Dec 2023
Horizon Leisure is upgrading and investing in its new shopping-centre health hub – The Wellbeing Hub in Havant, UK – ...
news • 15 Dec 2023
Google has just released Gemini, a new multimodal AI which is being billed as a "ChatGPT Killer". Unlike ChatGPT, it ...
news • 06 Dec 2023
Survivalist, Bear Grylls has partnered with four mental health heavyweights and former TV producer, Neil Smith, to create an app ...
news • 06 Dec 2023
Sport Alliance has named Erwin Korst vice president sales international. The appointment comes as the company announces US$100m of new ...
news • 04 Dec 2023
Training provider, The Fitness Group, has teamed up with personal training app, My PT Hub, to make it easier for ...
news • 19 Nov 2023
The Maybourne Hotel Group – manager of iconic global hotels including Claridges, The Berkeley and The Connaught – has partnered ...
news • 17 Nov 2023
Timbaland, Platinum Grammy Award-winning producer, who's worked with artists such as Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Madonna, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Drake ...
news • 15 Nov 2023
Connected fitness equipment supplier, Echelon Fitness, has signed a multi-year deal with Run Disney, the road race division of Disney ...
news • 14 Nov 2023
The first ever Siro hotel, marketed as the "ultimate fitness and recovery hotel", is now accepting reservations. Set to open ...
news • 09 Nov 2023
The rapid advance of technology in all areas of life is putting societies in flux, creating uncertainty and forcing people ...
news • 05 Nov 2023
Apple has teamed up with Anytime Fitness to offer levels of reciprocal access between Apple Fitness+ and Anytime Fitness health ...
news • 02 Nov 2023
Tech giant, Huawei, has launched a new Health Lab, where it will conduct research on how it can "provide better ...
news • 01 Nov 2023
Les Mills is jumping into Mixed Reality with the launch of the Bodycombat XR workout, designed by programme directors, Rachael ...
news • 16 Oct 2023
A new startup is looking to carve out a market for itself by helping those working in sports and physical ...
news • 12 Oct 2023
Interactive Strength, maker of fitness screen FORME, has revealed plans to acquire vertical climber brand CLMBR for an undisclosed sum. ...
news • 12 Oct 2023
More fit tech news