My comments on ACE’s predictions for ‘06.

1) I think it’s wonderful that people aren’t frightened of training youngsters anymore. In addition, having quality instruction earlier in life is a good thing. I can remember the haphazard (and more often, non-existent) attribute training of my high school sports teams – I’m surprised I wasn’t injured more often, considering how muscularly weak I was!

The flip side, of course, is that poor quality instructors will flock to this new market segment, and we’ll expect to see a greater number of injuries in youth and adolescent sport in 2006. I don’t think the improved instruction will equal things out (unfortunately).

2) More money for the trainer. Not that it’s all bad – some types of training (such as martial arts) are enhanced with multiple training partners, and it could possibly get some people who would not otherwise be training, either due to cost or embarrassment, working out in a smart manner with a quality trainer.

3) I thought in-home training was already popular.

4) So long as it contains plenty of resistance training, I think more older-specific programming will be a good thing. I fear there’ll be a preponderance of weird balance exercises and crazy contraptions to facilitate said exercises.

5) Hopefully more time is spent promoting a healthful diet and dietary coping strategies than walking programs, if shrinking the collective American waistline is the goal. However, studies done on the morbidly obese have shown that weight reduction is more permanent in individuals who engaged in moderate exercise programs (such as a walking program) than in those who dieted alone. In those individuals who cannot exercise more vigorously, such a program may be seen as valid.

6) Doh.

7) I think the corporations that closed down their in-house gyms realized that their employees got sick more often, ultimately affecting their bottom line. Good for them, some people never learn from their mistakes.

8) Even McDonalds. ‘Healthier’ may not mean ‘weight reducing’ or ‘well-portioned’, but it’s a start.

9) The more one concentrates on something, the more one gets out of it. If incorporating a mind-body approach with “regular” exercise gets their minds more focused on the workout, I’m all for it. This is not what I’m for.

10) Again, so long as what ACE means by “functional exercise” resembles this, and not this, I’m all for it.

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