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Here are the top fitness trends in 2023

KCCI Des Moines 1/26/2023
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Getting fit is the most popular New Year's resolution of them all, but the new year is also a chance to reflect on how fitness trends are evolving. A new survey from the American College of Sports Medicine reveals the ways Americans are achieving their fitness goals, CBS News reports.

According to the survey of thousands of health and fitness professionals, wearable fitness trackers are the number one trend for the new year. But overall, gym-goers are expected to favor a back-to-basics approach in 2023, CBS News reports. Strength training with free weights, body weight training, and personal training sessions all make the top ten list of fitness trends worldwide.

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The survey also reflects a changing approach after the height of the pandemic. Online training was the number one trend in 2021, but in 2023 it dropped to 21st place, CBS News reports.

"What we're seeing is an extraordinary number of people returning to the gym, much higher than what was expected in any other year that wasn't influenced by the pandemic," said Walt Thompson, an author of the survey and a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine. "So we're starting to see people shift and go back to group exercise where they're having that face-to-face interaction."

At x93 Fitness in New York City, owner and trainer Chris Fernandez says he was flooded with calls before the New Year from new customers who want personal training that focuses on old-school methods, CBS News reports.

He favors strength training and circuit training in his one-on-one sessions. Studies have shown that strength training can not only build muscle but boost long-term health.

"Free weights are one of the best ways to lose weight as well as get toned and add muscle definition," Fernandez said. "Why change something that don't need fixing?"

Vanessa Hidary has been training with Fernandez since May of last year. Before, she had mainly exercised with cardio sessions and like many people, had bought expensive high-tech home gym equipment during the pandemic. But under Fernandez's guidance, she began lifting weights and says she's seeing real results in her fitness. She credits the personal training sessions for her progress.

"It's more motivating than doing it at home. You see other people doing it. You have someone pushing you," Hidary said. "Now I'm doing things I thought I would never do."


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