I'm the type of person who will jump on any new trend, just because it's cool. The Thigh Master, Tai Bo — hell, if I had been alive in the 70s I would have been pounding out the miles in newfangled pair of Nikes instead of barefoot running. Because I'm flaky like that. So let's see what Outside Magazine had to say about the Top 10 Health and Fitness Trends of 2010.
10. iFitness (health apps) – I should track more stuff, but I don't. Tracking will continue to improve, this is here to stay.
9. Vitamin D – Ding, ding, ding!
8. Boot Camp — Is that like a more gimmicky form of CrossFit?
6. The Gluten-Free Diet — Gluten free is the paleo gateway drug. (via Evolvify)
5. Tone-Up Shoes and Clothes – Tone-up clothes?? You've got to be kidding me. "Honey, I need a new tone-up clothes…I've gained weight."
4-3. P90X and TRX — Muscle confusion will eventually go the way of the dinosaurs.
2. Barefoot Running — Ding, ding, ding!
1. Paleolithic Fitness — Our very own Erwan Le Corre and MovNat, picking up top honors. And the article points to a lot of paleo elements. Totally sweet.
So let's check the score board.
- Dead on with 5: Vitamin D, Gluten-Free, Barefoot Running, and Paleolithic Fitness. And I'll count CrossFit as better form of Boot Camp.
- Kind of missed on 1: iFitness and better tracking
- Avoided 4 other fads or jokes: Shake Weight, Tone-Up Shoes / Clothes, P90X, TRX
That's a pretty damn good tally. Welcome to the epicenter of the health revolution. At least, until I go chasing the hot new trends of 2011.
Update: A few commenters have pointed out that P90X and TRX incorporate positive non-faddish developments, like HIT (high intensity training), higher movement variation, and more compound movements. You're right, and that is all good. But 10 years from now, will people still be doing P90X and TRX? I don't think so. I don't think HIT is a fad, but I do think the popularity of specific branded approaches are more likely to be fads…particularly when there is little community (CrossFit) or deeper meaning to the approach.