ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: November - December 2018 CEC Course #2: International Comparisons: ACSM's Worldwide Survey...

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International Comparisons: ACSM’s Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends

By Vanessa Kercher, Ph.D., M.Ed., BESS

Through the translation and utilization of the ACSM fitness trend survey, both China and Spain were able to investigate similarities, differences, as well as identify national fitness industry trends compared to the USA. The results show that there is a considerable match between the USA fitness sector and those identified in Spain and China, albeit with a few particular differences. In addition to reviewing trends from the USA survey, learning more about specific trends in China and Spain provides additional information from which one can extract programming guidance that may enhance the integrated approach to developing and delivering relevant programs for individuals, groups, and communities. We encourage Spain, China, and other countries to continue to study the ACSM fitness trends annually and look forward to learning about trends from within their countries in the years to come.


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Learning Objectives

  • Identify top 20 trends for United States, China, and Spain survey respondents.
  • Recognize similarities and differences between the U.S. fitness trends top 20 compared with China and Spain.
  • Explore demographic relationships between fitness trend survey respondents in United States, China, and Spain


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ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: November - December 2018 CEC Article #2
ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: November - December 2018 CEC Test #2