What are the biggest fitness trends of 2015?

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Pro football players Fozzy Whittaker, Brian Orakpo, Derrick Johnson, Emmanuel Acho and Pam LeBlanc take a barre class at Dancers Shape in 2014. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman
Pro football players Fozzy Whittaker, Brian Orakpo, Derrick Johnson,  Emmanuel Acho and Pam LeBlanc take a barre class at Dancers Shape in 2014. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman

Pro football players Fozzy Whittaker, Brian Orakpo, Derrick Johnson, Emmanuel Acho and Pam LeBlanc take a barre class at Dancers Shape in 2014. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman

Fitness trends come and go, but I always seem to stick to the same basics for my core routine – swimming, biking and running.

Sure, I tried all kinds of new stuff in 2014. I punched away in a group boxing class, tested the waters of Bollywood dance, mounted a horse for a game of polo, joined a bunch of professional football players for a barre workout and trotted around an arena while standing astride two horses at once with a Roman riding expert.

So what will I try in 2015?

Pam LeBlanc, right, gets a lesson in polo in 2014.

Pam LeBlanc, right, gets a lesson in polo in 2014.

The American College of Sports Medicine predicts fitness trends each year, surveying more than 3,400 health and fitness professionals to find out what they think will be hot in the coming year.

This year, according to the organization, Americans will do more body weight training (it’s cheap and requires no extra equipment!), high intensity interval training (short bursts of activity followed by a quick rest), strength training, yoga and functional fitness (exercises designed to improve balance and make doing daily tasks easier).

We’ll also hire more personal trainers, sign up for fitness programs geared toward older adults and find a friend or two to take a “group personal training” session with us.

Want to know more about fitness trends in the coming year? Read the entire survey here.


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