There's no way to predict the future, but groups dedicated to health and fitness are determined to get a peek into the New Year. Their research suggests various forms of exercise will be hot in 2009, and while the American College of Sports Medicine surveyed sports medicine professionals to come up with its health and fitness trend predictions, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) surveyed personal trainers, group fitness professionals, and lifestyle and weight management consultants to generate its trendy list.
ACE Chief Science Officer Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, summarized, "The overarching theme for fitness in 2009 is getting more bang for the buck." Boot-camp-style programs are predicted to be the number one fitness trend for the New Year. Most boot camps I've come across aren't exactly inexpensive, but their emphasis on a total body workout may allow you to save on monthly gym membership dues. On the opposite end of the workout spectrum are the technology-meets-fitness hybrids using iPods and video games to keep people engaged while working out. It seems the Wii phenomenon just keeps growing.