Every year canfitpro, Canada’s fitness education leader, takes a survey of its professionals across Canada to determine the most popular trend. For the second year in a row, Functional Fitness has topped the chart. I am excited to see this as I began to introduce this concept into my classes years ago and it is the reason that I wrote my book, Fundamental Fitness After Fifty – Three at Home Fitness Programs to Keep You Functionally Fit for Life! https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1988925185
Perhaps because I grew up with older parents and watched them struggle with low mobility when they were in their mid seventies, I decided that I needed to help my students avoid this as much as possible. Many of my students began attending my classes when they retired in their late fifties or early sixties and they continue with me today, almost 20 years later. I build my programs based on the idea that we want to be able to move in a functional way, so the exercises that we do in class mimic movements that are needed to perform activities of daily living and those used in popular sports.
I have no desire to push my students to their absolute limit and risk harming them in the process. This type of fitness training turned me off years ago. In a group fitness setting it is next to impossible to spot check 45 to 50 students at once to insure that everyone is doing the moves safely, so I opted to create programs that keep my students interested, challenged and injury free. I am always looking for ways to improve their performance in golf, hockey, curling and dance. It is important to me that my clients be able to move about their day with ease.
The second most popular trend in fitness was HIIT and the third trend was Older Adult Training. Baby Boomers are looking for ways to stay active. So it would appear that I am on the right path and my students are too!
FYI, my workout videos are almost complete. You will see a promotional video appear on my website at the beginning of January just in time for New Year’s Resolutions! I am so excited to share this project with you!
I wish you the happiest of holidays. I will resume my blog on January 2nd, 2019!
See you soon,