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Top Fitness Trends 2014

The New Year is just around the corner and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has recently released their annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014 We’re highlighting a few trends:

  • Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals ­– You want to be sure you’re training with a well-informed and well-educated professional who can design effective programs and tailor them to suit your individual needs, not someone who simply passed a course that was just a few hours — many of our STOTT PILATES® certified instructors invest more than 300 hours into their theoretical and practical training!

  • Fitness Programs for Older Adults – Aging doesn’t mean slowing down or stopping, it simply means possibly tweaking and adjusting a fitness routine. At Merrithew™, all of our branded programs are based on safe and responsible exercise. We’ve even adapted some of our most popular programs to cater specifically to the active aging population through workshops for instructors such as Total Barre™ Modified, Reformer for Older Adult and Dynamic Armchair Pilates.

  • Functional Fitness – Functional fitness uses strength training to develop balance, coordination, force, power and endurance to improve the ability to perform routine, daily activities. Our CORE™ Athletic Conditioning & Performance Training™ program utilizes functional fitness to take your performance up to the next level by targeting core strength and kinesthetic awareness that lead to improvements in total-body strength and power.

  • Yoga – Yoga comes in a variety of forms with millions of North Americans practicing this form of exercise annually. We’ve incorporated the STOTT PILATES principles into ZEN•GA™, a synergistic blend of mind-body modalities that focuses on core stability (the next trend!), stamina and resilience while attaining a state of presence.

  • Core Training – Don’t underestimate the strength and influence that your powerhouse has over the entire kinetic chain. Core training stresses strength and conditioning of the stabilizing muscles and often incorporates stabilizing devices. The Halo® Trainer is a great tool to challenge this specific muscle group.

Which trends will you be participating in for 2014? Tweet us at @STOTT_PILATES and let us know!