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?

7. The Shake Weight — This should be on the top 10 trends of the 21st century.  Here's the original ad, plus the SNL spoof (hilarious adult subject matter).

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.


17 Responses to “The Top 10 Health and Fitness Trends of 2010”

  1. appnoose says:

    The damn good app for cardio fitness: Interval trainer GO
    Download the app from http://j.mp/iOS-Interval-Trainer and try it out. You will have gold pieces by the bushel..

  2. Gene says:

    If you want to start tracking your running/workouts, RunKeeper Pro is now free until the end of January. 

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/runkeeper-pro/id300235330 

    It’s available for Android devices as well. 

     

    Also, it doesn’t seem like line breaks and paragraphs breaks are working in the comments.

  3. Brian W says:

    How can the shake weight be a fad/joke? It even has its own certification!

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dUncO11jF8

     

  4. WordVixen says:

    Totally off topic, but I just had some beet kvass for the first time (possibly the same as what you had at Wise Traditions- from Levi Miller? I know there was a farm tour there from the conf), and I totally get your "it’s 9am somewhere" comment now. That stuff is… yeah, I don’t know what it is. :-)

  5. Patrick says:

    A quick note on TRX, Mark Sisson from Primal Blueprint had some insight into the development of that program.  There is an interview in last months Competitor Magazine with the creator of P90X in which Mark is mentioned.  I don’t think you should consider that a miss there…

  6. Rob Smith says:

    I have to agree with the rest of the comments. Muscle confusion going the way of the dinosaurs is tough to understand — especially from you. Crossfit and MovNat are both based on not only muscle confusion, but different mental challenges. Doing the exact same bench press, squat, and curls and then running the exaxt same distance at the exaxt same speed on the treadmill is what went the way of the dinosaurs. I am confused with your rationale.

    • salim says:

      i am not a pro but after attending Movnat treat this summer , i think muscle confusion is present at crossfit, p90x and trx . i think crossfit does improve strength more than skills, movnat works your skill-efficiency and strength comes as a by-product. I did not do P90X and trx but they look similar as well. Also eventough Mark Sisson was involved in P90X , if you search his website , he critizes both p90x and crossfit causing overuse .  I think the main point is  to stay healthy, have skills, efficiency and strength to overcome the obstacles in life and play harder and enjoy the life as active as possible. oh, and eat good food :)

    • John says:

      You’re right.

      my update to the post:
      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.

    • Rahsaan says:

       I agree with you, Rob.  TRX is seriously a cool, effective device.  I’ve owned two of them.  Suspension training does wonders.  Just ask any gymnast… who I think have the hottest bodies on the planet.  Aside from that they have a good balance between absolute and relative strength.

  7. JohnD says:

    Not really sure why you think P90X or TRX are either "fads" or "jokes".   Care to explain? Sounds more like dogma to me. Considering that most people in the paleo community love crossfit (don’t know your personal feeling), it seems odd to call P90X or TRX out….same vein and all that jazz. 

     

    I’m more of an olympic lifts type of guy, but I love using TRX for some instability type of exercises as well as making my planks unstable…awesome stuff…I also do loads of body weight training to supplement my olympic lifts….pushups, pullups, body squats…all good stuff. I just don’t see the rational behind the comment. 

     

     

    • AJ says:

      Agreed. I plan to start it soon with my roommate. I’ve only heard good things about P90x from people of all body-types. Besides, muscle confusion and the paleo lifestyle go hand-in-hand. I agree with the overall point of avoiding crazy trends, but this one seems to actually precipitate results (hence, not crazy.) I’m sure a "boot camp" with Erwin LeCorre is also effective, but it doesn’t negate the quality of P90x (not to mention, the latter seems to be a more affordable alternative.)

      • John says:

        Okay, perhaps I should have grouped P90X and TRX under HIT, with higher movement variation, and more compound movements. All that is good. I may have been influenced by and responding to the individual brands and it being so popular in LA…in 10 years from now, will people still be doing P90X and TRX?

        • Rahsaan says:

           I wouldn’t say that TRX is necessarily HIIT.  You can do HIIT workouts with one, but just easily do slow, non-intense moves as well.  Maybe I need to do some TRX stuff with you one day when it’s warm out.  Or you can visit my martial arts school when they finish renovating and have the TRX station with multiple TRXs up.

          • salim says:

            i agree with John…instead of doing boring TRX exercises try rock climbing, do some lifting and some sprints…it is more fun…more real life..and it is something that you wont get bored especially rock climbing or tree climbing…palying with rocks or anything heavy and irregular shape..your strenth exercises should aim  to make you play harder..safer and better…but p90x and trx even crossfit exercises wears you out so much  that you cant even play and develop your skills..that is why i like Movnat too…it makes you stronger and develops skills that you can use everywhere.

          • Rahsaan says:

             Salim,

            Awesome suggestion.  I was actually already considering a membership at Brooklyn Boulders!

          • salim says:

            i call it a rocky workout-play; go climb a rock…lift a rock..throw a rock..run on rocks…jump on rocks…move on four on rocks..and sprint as rocks falling .at the end you will rock..have fun..

        • Johno says:

          I guarantee TRX will be around in 10 years… if used to its potential extent, it can be a great tool to teach progressions of any body weight exercise. As an end all be all, no, but as a tool to teach movement, full range of motion and bridge strength and balance simultaneously to a usually sedentary population? Definitely!

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