Denville, NJ, January 12, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Strength training, core conditioning, yoga, pilates, pole dancing, Zumba, kettlebell, P90X, weight loss, TRX, boot camp, battling rope, or abs machine? Which ones are hot? Which ones are not? There always seems to be new gadgets, new exercises, new programs, new twists of the old stuff that promise rapid weight loss, muscle toning, flat abs, and magic body transformation results.
"It’s particularly true around this time of the year where people are making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more, and get in better shape," said Carey Yang, a certified personal trainer and fitness expert in Morris County, NJ.
Yang is the owner and master personal trainer at Beyond Fitness Solutions, LLC -- a diversified fitness and wellness company providing in-home personal training, weight-loss management, energy and wellness solutions serving and helping clients in Morris County, Sussex County, Passaic County, Essex County and Somerset County areas in New Jersey.
"Consumers have to get educated and be aware as to how to separate a fad from a trend before trying out. Read the claims, disclaimers and fine prints carefully," Yang said.
A fad is something hot for some time – a few years perhaps – then gone. A trend could start as a fad then develop into something so popular that stays for the long run.
In December 2011, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conducted a worldwide survey by 2,620 fitness professionals who ranked their selections into a list of 20 fitness trends they believed would be big in 2012.
Among the top 20 fitness trends for 2012 are:
1. Educated, certified and experienced fitness professionals
2. Strength training
3. Fitness programs for older adults
4. Exercise and weight loss
5. Children and obesity
6. Personal training
7. Core training
8. Group personal training
9. Zumba and other dance workouts
10. Functional fitness
12. Comprehensive health promotion programming at the worksite
13. Boot camp
14. Outdoor activities
15. Reaching new markets
16. Spinning (indoor cycling)
17. Sport-specific training
18. Worker incentive programs
19. Wellness coaching
20. Physician referrals
"The survey attempts to show a distinction between fads and trends and is a good representation of what’s occurring in the health and fitness industry worldwide," said Walter Thompson, the lead author of the survey.
"It's interesting and mind-blowing as I go through the list for 2012 and compare the rankings in the past four years," Yang said.
Zumba dance workout has been gaining popularity in recent years and is strengthening its position. It’s curious to see if it will follow Pilates’ short run in the top 20 fitness trends. Pilates was ranked in the top 10 for three consecutive years, beginning in 2008, but dropped off in 2011.
Yang added, "There are always trends that won’t change as they are the fundamentals no matter what you do. The No.1, 'educated, certified and experienced fitness professionals and personal trainers' absolutely deserves its place, which has been ranked No. 1 for five years since the survey initiated."
"I always educate my clients that these are just 'tools' to get what you want. They can’t replace the basic principles and ignore how our body works. Nothing can replace the education, knowledge and experience in any profession, so is in fitness training profession," Yang said.
A returning trend claiming No.3 spot for 2012 is the fitness program for older adults. As baby boomers are aging into their golden years, they still want to stay active, exercise, eat healthy and look and feel younger.
"I can definitely vouch for that from my personal clientele base. The median age of my personal training clients is 53. I have clients in their 60s who love to work out, learn new moves, stay health, and feel good about their bodies," Yang said.
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About C. Carey Yang and Beyond Fitness Solutions, LLC
C. Carey Yang, Your Dream Body WorkoutXpert (TM), is a certified personal trainer and fitness boot camp instructor based in Morris County, New Jersey. He provides in-home personal fitness training, backyard boot camp, wellness and lifestyle coaching, and fitness and weight-management seminar. He specializes in helping busy, working professionals who want safe, effective workouts with maximum results in minimum time. Yang is the creator of the 6-Step Dream Body Blueprint (TM) Body Transformation System.
To learn more about lifestyle and wellness coaching, personal fitness training and nutritional counseling and to sign up for a free monthly e-zine, receive free fitness and fat loss e-books, and schedule a complimentary consultation, visit http://www.BeyondFitnessSolutions.com.
He is also available for media interviews, providing a list of tips and articles, and presenting wellness and fitness seminar. Call 973-303-2424 or email Carey at BeyondFitnessSolutions.com.