We talk a lot of about trends vs. fads around here. What does that really mean?

Trend: “a general development or change in a situation or in the way that people are behaving” (
Fad: “a fashion that is taken up with great enthusiasm for a brief period” (


Remember thigh-masters? The ab roller? Sweatin to the oldies? Probably you’re thinking it’s best not to! And that’s true because fortunately these fads faded as quickly as they started. That’s why it’s important not to run out and purchase every new gadget your residents/guests/members might be asking for but invest wisely in proven trends that are not just a flash in the fitness pan.




What is it?

Bodyweight training refers to strength training exercises that you can do using only your own body-weight as resistance(as opposed to machines, free weights, etc). Think push-ups, pull-ups, squats, planks, etc.


How long has this trend been identified in the ACSM survey?

This trend has been ranked in the top 5 fitness trends since 2013.


Body weight training appeared for the first time in the trends survey in 2013 (at number 3) and was in the number 2 position for 2017. ” -ACSM(linked to full 2018 survey)


Why is it such a big deal?

The benefits of body-weight training are pretty endless. You can perform them almost anywhere that there is some open floor space with minimal to no equipment. Additionally since there is no added weight on the body, the potential for injury is reduced.

The benefits of any kind of strength training has been consistently shown through research. Such as increasing metabolism and reducing pain. It’s also great for your heart, blood vessels, lungs, hormone production and even brain activity.

How can I address this trend in my facility? 

The great news is that this trend requires little to no equipment so it’s very cost effective to address. Think open spaces! The days of cramming your facility with every piece of equipment under the sun should be over.

By providing a safe spot to do moves like push-ups, squats, planks, etc. you will also create a better feel in your facility. It will be less intimidating for new users and also help your facility towards ADA compliance.

You can assist your residents/guests/members who are taking full advantage of this trend by providing a few key items. A mat and resistance bands are a must. Plus a spot to do pull-ups. A great solution that allows the most amount of exercises per footprint is a functional trainer.

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Additionally, you can help your members/residents/guests to get the most out of the facility by carefully choosing workout posters. The more they see the benefits, the greater their satisfaction with your facility. It’s a win:win for everyone.

A solution we love is the Trainer Series by SKLZ. Provide workout direction and inspiration right on the accessories! Additionally, the workouts are designed by EXOS and they’ve been training some of the best professional athletes for years.


Plus we’ve got them in stock so call us today to get them coming your way!

Feeling like your space is a little too crowded but don’t know what to drop? Give us a call or email to take advantage of our complimentary layout services.