Every year, one of the world’s most respected fitness organisations – the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – predicts what’s set to rise in the year ahead.

Meanwhile, the equally reputable American Council on Exercise (Ace) has some interesting ideas too.

With two very different sets of results, here’s my verdict on whether it’ll be boom or doom for their predictions.

Wearable tech

The ACSM’s No.1 spot, unsurprisingly, is held by wearable tech with its survey stating: “Consumer interest in fitness technology may signal the low-cost, DIY exercise trend is waning.”

Laura says: “Does it have to be either-or, I wonder? Just because you like tracking steps, heart rate and calories, doesn’t mean you’re not a fan of the living-room-body-weight-boot camp.”


When it comes to intensity, the ACSM is sticking to their high intensity interval training guns, although this type of exercise has fallen from its No.1 spot to No.3.

Ace, however reckons steady state cardio is ready for a comeback, citing recent research that found vigorous exercise may deter participants from sticking to a routine.

Laura says: “You won’t be surprised to hear this is music to my ears – steady state certainly has its place.”


When it comes to mind and body, the ACSM is playing it safe and anticipating yoga will remain as attractive as ever due to the fact that it “reinvents and refreshes itself each year”.

Ace though, is taking a punt on faith-based fitness programmes, predicting religious and faith-based communities offering nutrition, fitness and general health advice will be a key trend for 2016.

Laura says: “I can see the merits of Ace’s argument, but I have a hunch this may take off more with our fellow fitties across the pond.

“Yoga’s a safe bet as an ongoing trend, though.”

Fitness Professionals

Fitness professionals always feature heavily in forthcoming trend lists. The ACSM said there would be growth in the need for “educated and experienced fitness professionals”.

Laura says: “I get the importance of credible fitness certification and so should you. If you’re on the lookout for a personal trainer in 2016, always check he or she holds a full personal training qualification (it’s very different to the qualification required to be a fitness instructor) and has taken out the insurance to go with it.”

Laura's predictions

Laura says: “ I see continued growth for in-store workouts, done brilliantly by Sweaty Betty and Lululemon. Also look for a rise in the number of animal-inspired exercises (it’s amazing what you can do with themed body weight exercises).

“It might just be wishful thinking, but I also see a big increase in the recognition and uptake of incidental exercise – walking commutes and lift-and-escalator-free days.

“A real appreciation and acceptance, that every little helps really does apply to exercise and generates results.”

Our fitness guru – Isle of Dogs resident Laura – is a leading personal trainer and offers personal training sessions and classes in and around Canary Wharf via her website .