The Las Vegas Strip was host to hundreds of fitness professionals who gathered at Paris Las Vegas for ACSM’s 16th Health & Fitness Summit, March 27–30. Movement specialists from around the world looked at ways to expand their careers, explored new trends in fitness, and worked up a sweat in TRX Rip Training sessions, BOSU Amped and more.
“Fitness is changing. Instead of fitness being fitness, fitness is turning into athletes that go to health clubs. It’s a different kind of athletic approach,” said Rob Glick, a presenter and fitness instructor from Southern California. “Many people who go to health clubs are training much harder than many athletes train for sport. If I look at the way that a lot of athletes [for sport] train, it’s very seasonal and it’s very conditional and it’s very specific. When I look at a lot of athletes in the gym, they’re training hard all of the time. Now you see a lot of programming catering toward that—high intensity interval training.”
In a workshop entitled “Mind Body Trends and Innovations from around the Globe” Lawrence Biscontini addressed the growing popularity of mind-body training.
“Mind-body circuits are huge. It’s like cross training…circuit training. Here’s the station for Pilates. Here’s the station where you do the yoga move. Here’s the station where you do the Tai Chi move and here’s the station where you do something with the foam roller. And instead of screaming ‘go’ and wearing fatigues and blowing a whistle, you have a little gong in the center of the room.”
A panel of experts discussed the trends of high-performance conditioning, including:
- The latest scientific and practical advice on how to eat to build strength and power and increase energy.
- The pros and cons of interval training versus endurance training.
- The cardiovascular, skeletal muscle, and metabolic adaptations to high-intensity interval training versus continuous endurance exercise.
- The manipulation of training variables such as volume, load lifted and muscle actions to build muscle and the specialized techniques that work best for these adaptations to occur.
“The fitness industry is currently experiencing a surge of interest and growth in high-intensity interval training and conditioning,” said panel moderator Len Kravitz, a researcher and coordinator of exercise science at the University of New Mexico. “It’s important for fitness professionals to understand the dietary requirements and variety of training programs to safely and effectively meet their clients’ needs.”
The ACSM also unveiled a new Exercise is Medicine credential for fitness professionals during the summit. According to ACSM, research shows that physical activity can help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases.
“No patient should leave a doctor’s office without an assessment of his/her physical activity and proper prescription of an exercise program, or a referral to a qualified fitness professional,” said ACSM board of certification chair Deborah Riebe.
The certification is designed to help physicians and others identify qualified professionals.
The ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. Founded in 1954 by a group of physical educators and clinician/scientists who recognized that health problems were associated with certain lifestyle choices, such as poor nutrition and lack of exercise. They are based in Indianapolis, Ind.