Another year has just started and I can’t tell you how excited I am for this one to get started.
I always like to plan things out and write down my Big Hairy Audacious Goals (B.H.A.G.) at the start of every year. It gets me super pumped up to look forward to all the things I’m going to accomplish this year.
I don’t know about you but I absolutely hate writing something down on my to-do list and not getting it done. But most people don’t even write down their goals but those who do are still missing the #1 key to success.
Along with writing down your goals it’s going to be even more important to write a deadline for them. Remember in high school and college when the teacher assigned a project? If that project didn’t have a due date then I would have never done it!
But by the time the due date started rolling around the pain of failing the class and the embarrassment of not turning anything in but my rear in gear. Procrastination is something that naturally happens to all people, I’m no different and having deadlines is absolutely critical.
Along with my super awesome goal setting tips I’m also going to give you the low-down on my 2012 Fitness Predictions for the new year.
I follow the fitness industry throughout the year and I’m always on the lookout for popularity trends in nutrition and training. Over the past year I’ve seen the emergence of 5 big trends that I’m predicting will see a surge in popularity this year.
Of course, these are just my predictions and I wouldn’t immediately call your bookie and place a bet because I’ve been known to be wrong once or twice in my day.
So let’s get down to the meat and potatoes of what we can expect to dominate in 2012:
1. Eating Meat Will Get Respect
For the past couple decades there has been a huge amount of hating on meat consumption in the United States. I’m not saying that we should be eating meat around the clock but a lot of people seem to avoid it just because the media scares them into thinking it’ll cause health problems.
When you think about it our caveman ancestors only had access to meat year round. In the winter we obviously weren’t eating fresh fruits and vegetables but instead our diet was based mostly on meat.
Our bodies evolved eating meat and only in the past couple of decades have so-called health experts declared it to be unhealthy. Well I’m calling bullshit on that one.
2. Boot Camps Will Become Less Popular
This one is hard for me to say because I run a boot camp! But boot camp programs are becoming a dime a dozen as more and more mediocre trainers are jumping on the wagon by popping up their own boot camp.
As boot camps start to become more and more watered down you’ll see more people lose value in these programs and instead opt for other alternatives.
3. TRX Will Take Over The World
Now I’ve been using the TRX for about 5 years now and I still can’t believe it has yet taken over the fitness world. It’s an incredible tool and in the past year I’ve seen more and more media coverage on the TRX suspension trainer.
I’m predicting more and more gyms and boot camps will continue to implement the TRX in their training programs. Members will love it because it will freshen things up and provide an alternative to the traditional free weight resistance exercise.
4. Marathons & Tough Mudder Will Continue To Get More Popular
Over the past few years I’ve seen more and more folks sign up to run a marathon. Now if you’ve been following me for any time now you’ll know I’m not a big fan of marathon training for fat loss or strength training.
But I can’t deny how motivated people get when they sign up to train for a marathon. Maybe it’s the fear that they’ll die while running that gets them off their butts or just the excitement of something to loo forward to.
Also Tough Mudder has emerged as a huge alternate to marathons and it has motivated thousands of people to start training harder.
5. More Women Will Strength Train
I wish more women would take a break from the treadmill and start lifting more weights. Most unfortunately fear they’ll get bulky and most don’t feel like being surrounded by meatheads in the gym so they stay away from the weight room.
But strength training will not only help them tone up their bodies to avoid the skinny fat syndrome but it’ll also help them burn more fat as well. This year I’m predicting the word will continue to spread that weight training is good for them and make them look hotter.
That’s it for my 5 Fitness Predictions of 2012 and here’s to the new year!
Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He’s worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at the high school and college level. He has over 10 years experience as a personal trainer and nutrition coach. He is also the author of The Flat Belly Formula. He hopes to be able to bring inspiration & results to people all over the world to live a healthier life through diet & exercise.