American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2013: long-term trends VS short-term fads

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently released its annual survey of fitness trends for 2013. The annual survey is now in its seventh consecutive year and sets about separating long-term trends from short-term fads in the fitness industry.

Here at FootBalance we compiled some of the key trends and emerging trends and the losing fads.


The survey noted much to the disappointment of Pilates instructors all over the globe. Pilates, stability ball, and balance training again failed to appear on the list of top 20 trends in the health and fitness industry, supporting the theory that these were fads and not trends.

Some survey respondents have argued that the still sluggish economy has influenced the results of this survey and that specialized training programs, such as Pilates, are not supported because of their increased costs. Others have said that Pilates and the stability ball have run their useful course.

Falling out of the top 20 fitness trends this year was spinning (indoor cycling), sport-specific training, and physician referrals. Spinning was no. 16 in the survey for 2012.

Falling from a top 10 spot (no. 8) in 2010, sport-specific training dropped to no. 16 for 2011 and no. 17 for 2012. This trend incorporates sport-specific training for sports such as baseball and tennis, designed especially for young athletes.