By: Richard Cotton, MA, ACSM-CEPNational Director of Certification, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
The ACSM trend report is an annual survey, now in its tenth year; the survey was completed by more than 2,800 health and fitness professionals worldwide, many certified by ACSM, and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments. Forty potential trends are given as choices, and the top 20 were ranked and published by ACSM, including a few new additions to last year's list, one of which rose immediately to the #1 spot.
1. wearable technology
A comparison of these lists is insufficient to make substantive statements on the future of personal training.
In order to more accurately assess and predict the future of personal training, ACSM conducted an additional study.
The objectives of the survey are as follows:
The survey was distributed electronically through Survey Monkey to approximately 30,000 ACSM certified exercise professionals (including international certificants).
While this survey did not provide definitive results regarding the future of personal training, it did provide insight into the education, commitment, creativity and love for the work.
Did gender affect the results?
In "All Data," which was primarily Americans, women made up 63% of the sample; however, internationally, women made up about 45% of the participants. International respondents consisted of ten percent of the total data.
Some more interesting results were found. Read on next month!