Body Weight Training On The Rise

Body Weight Training On The Rise

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released its 2015 Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends. Body-weight training is identified as the world’s most popular fitness trend.

This bodes well for many in the masters swimming and competitive aquatics communities.

ACSM’s report states body-weight training claimed the top spot from high-intensity interval training.

Regimens such as Zumba, Pilates, and balance training didn’t crack the top 20. We are seen similar trends in the aquatics community where instead of pounding out heavy weights in gyms and fitness centers, we are seeing more and more swimmers focusing on yoga, body weight exercises and various calisthenics in pools across America.

The goal of ACSM’s annual report is to help the health and fitness industry make important investment decisions for future growth and development, while dismissing passing fads. Survey author Walter Thompson, a kinesiology and nutrition professor at Georgia State University, wrote, “Decisions should be based on emerging trends embraced by health fitness professionals and not the latest exercise innovation marketed during late-night television or the next hottest celebrity endorsing a product.”

Body-weight training, high-intensity interval training, using fitness professionals, strength training, and personal training round out the top five. Outdoor activities, a category encompassing hiking, kayaking, and climbing, came in at number 12. This category has been trending upward since its 2010 debut at the 25th spot.

Use throughout Japan and China, and increasingly in Southern California and now in Boston, many aquatic athletes are now trying KAATSU Training. KAATSU Training, whether during dryland or in the water, is an intense workout that does not require any barbells, weights, treadmills, or exercise equipment.

KAATSU 3-point dryland exercises to enhance arm and leg strength, its unique KAATSU Warm-up Cycle, and KAATSU Aqua are designed for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Used by Olympic medalists and professional athletes, KAATSU provides an ideal body-weight training regimen for swimmers. Whether they are pro or amateur, teenage or masters, pool or open water, swimmers from Tokyo to Boston are starting to realize the benefits of blood flow moderation exercise.

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Steven Munatones