My Top 10 Weight Loss Trend Predictions of 2010

From Eric Lon

From Eric Lon

2009 is has come and now is about to leave. As I look ahead to 2010 I see some emerging trends that will be picking up steam and some that are going to be dying.

1. Greater emphasis on strength training: strength training is getting closer and closer to being accepted as the most effective exercise mode for losing body fat.  TV shows like the Biggest Loser are introducing many people to the realization, that weight training isn’t what is causing people to look “bulky,” but rather the excess fat that is on top of the muscle.

2. Long distance running will become less popular for weight loss purposes: there are millions of American’s today who are torturing themselves by running long distances in hopes of losing their muffin tops and reducing the size of their thighs. More people are going to realize that this isn’t a very effective way of losing body fat.

beach013.  Running races will continue to boom: this might sound contradictory to the one above, but the allure and challenge that running a marathon, or a 10K brings is very powerful.  The desire to beat your last 5K run is a challenge many want to accomplish.  Running races provide a start and end and give instant feedback about how well you did.  The ability to track progress is one reason why many enjoy running races and will continue to be popular.  Millions of others just enjoy the highs you get when running and the way it helps you clear your mind.

4. Triathlons will continue to gain popularity: triathlon participation has exploded the past decade and will continue to gain momentum. The idea of cross training with 3 different activities is attractable to many people and the challenge that is brings to the person is very exciting and addicting. I think triathlons are great, especially the short distance races, but caution those who just swim, bike, and run for their exercise. You need to be doing some total body strength training, core training, and do a lot of work moving side to side and backwards to make sure your body doesn’t get overuse injuries.

5. Time efficient workouts: our lives aren’t going to be slowing down anytime soon, and we will have less time to devote to working out. 30-45 minute workouts will become the norm and people will realize that 60-90 min workouts are the thing of the past and aren’t necessary to get results.

6. Convenience is key: programs that are quick and easy to use and follow will gain popularity. Right now P90X is the hottest selling fitness product and it is a follow along DVD series that you can do at home with a set of dumbbells and a pullup bar. Side note: My Fit Moms For Life DVDs follow a very similar style and design as the P90X program, but I made it more user friendly and “mom friendly.”

7.  Exertainment: videos games like the Wii Fit will continue to be popular and new games and toys will be made that make working out fun and entertaining.  I still haven’t seen many of these new technologies actually get people working out very hard, but something like the Wii Fit is definitely better than sitting on the couch playing video games!

babyweight8.  Well designed group fitness programs: small and larger group training will continue to increase since the economy is making it difficult to pay $400-$800/month on a personal trainer.  The participants will get the knowledge and expertise of the trainer, but also the support and accountability from the group.  Side note: many gym group fitness programs DON’T fall under this category by my standards.  If someone is going to a class and just following the workout that the instructor is doing from the stage, then I feel like it falls short.  Each person in a class needs to be building friendships, be held accountable for their actions, have constant interaction with the trainer, be taught proper nutrition, and be able to have access to the trainer who is instructing.  This is why my Fit Fun Bootcamp program is so popular and why many have a health club membership at the same time as being part of Fit Fun Bootcamps.

9.  Millions of more people will get suckered in to buying the latest and greatest ab gadget, and fat loss supplement. In 2011  millions and millions of more people will post on craigslist trying to sell these gimmicky products after they have been sitting around for the past year 🙂  My Got Core DVD Program along with the nutritional plan that is included is a FAR better way to get a flat stomach than using just one ab gadget that does 1-3 excercies!

10.  Buy local: As the truth becomes more widespread about where our food is coming from and how toxic and dangerous it is to our bodies, more people will “go green” and support their local farmers.  As grassroot documentaries like Food Inc (a must watch DVD!) gain popularity we will realize that we are voting with our paychecks each time we go to the grocery store.  If everyone decided they weren’t going to by Tyson chicken because of the awful conditions the animals are in, and the poor quality of the food, and instead by the free range chickens at the local farmers market or at the local dairy and beef farm, Tyson would either go out of business or adapt to the demands of the buyers.

10.  Kids fitness: With the obesity rate in children skyrocketing and adult onset diabetes now found in many children, there is going to be a huge emphasis on helping kids eat better and move more… but as I always talk about in this blog, it starts with YOU buying the right foods for the house, and being the example of healthy living through exercise and eating right.

got-core-upright-graphic211.  Core training: with 80% of American’s experiencing lower back pain, non medical solutions will increase in popularity.  Workouts that are quick and easy that strengthen the core muscles and eliminate and reduce back pain will be hot.  Also the desire to have a flat stomach isn’t going away anytime soon and workouts that specifically target the area with exercises other than crunches will be popular.  If you still haven’t purchased your 2 for 1 Got Core DVDs, get them here!

I am curious!  What trends do you see happening in the upcoming year?


  1. Dustin: Thanks for your thoughts and you’ve hit it right on the head… I would put your #10 Item on the top.. We need to take back our “food”. In the past, the poorest in a given area actually ate the best because they grew their own food, raised a few chickens and gave their surplus to their neighbors. Today, that is not the case “McDonald’s” seems to be the budget item for many families. I am a propent of the slow food movement which helps families understand the need to slow down, cook meals, spend time with the family during food preparation and buy local. 98% of the food I buy comes from locally owned and operated farms…

    Thanks again for all you do to get us moving.. Happy New Year!!

    • Susan,

      Thanks for your comments and thanks for helping everyone out by buy nearly all local. I want to make that one of my goals for 2010 to buy more local than I have in the past.


  2. You know I am going to have to say Tea! Foercasts for tea in 2010 are looking great. Think business meetings, “mocktails”, affordability and men. Yes, men are consuming tea at higher rates. Think about all those guys who love craft beers and wine. Well, now they are exploring tea. It’s not just for grandmas!

  3. I completely agree with the increase in weight training and people running races for the challenge. It’s actually one of my New year’s resolutions 🙂 Do you think you will give us some pointers for combining the 2 in 2010? I also think the kind of interval training where people do an exercise as hard as possible for a minute and then rest for a minute will get more popular.

  4. I agree with all your predictions; nice job. I’d also like to give you a big thumbs up for recommending ‘Food Inc’; it is a wonderful eye opener as to where our food is coming from and the impact our choices make not only on the condition the animals are in, the way workers are treated but on the planet. I want my kids to have a beautiful countryside to enjoy in their senior years; buy local!!!

  5. I am hopeful that we will continue to see improvements in the school lunch program, such as Homegrown Lunch run by REAP here in Madison. If we want a more healthful society, we need to teach children the truth about nutrition from a young age and stop spending our adulthoods un-learning all the wrong things. Eat meals together, cook together, talk about why you spend your money the way you do so that your children can develop an understanding of how health, commerce and personal responsibility intersect. And…until that school lunch menu changes to include truly nourishing real food, brown bag it!

  6. Great comments so far. I must say that participating in a CSA foodshare this summer was one of the neatest things we have done in a long time. Every week I was excited to see what would be in that big box of fresh produce. We tried things that would have never even occured to us to look for at the grocery store and our 2 yr old son loved it too 🙂 I would highly recommend participating in a food share – there are allot in the Madison area. Middlebury Hills was the farm we did a foodshare with and they did a tremendous job. As for other trends, I am not really sure. A personal trend I need and want to start is getting back on track with working out. Being more consistant and disciplined with that and my eating.
    2009 has been a rough year for many reasons and sadly, it shows in my body right now.

    As I sit at my desk, listening to 93.1 Jamz, I find that every song is making me think about Dustin and working out with him in class. I miss that and need to find a way to get back or make working out on my own as fun and challenging. Bring on 2010 – I am ready for a new and much better year!


  7. bobbie keeler says

    I just read your predictions for 2010. I agree totaly about not spending as much time in the gym, I started doing interval training for thirity min. instead of steady one hour on the elipitical and I can see a big difference in my waist already. It’s kinda funny though I almost feel guilty not working out for longer!!lol.Thanks for all your great info. bobbie keeler

    • Bobbie,

      You are so right! We think that we HAVE to workout for 60 min or it isn’t really a great workout. That was the old school rules, now we just need to convince our minds!


  8. By the way about the diet, what do you do about calcium pills and people who can’t have dairy products. What do you suggest? Happy New Year. Esther

  9. Dustin,
    I would like to get more specific advice on training plans for an entire season. For example, last year, I did a short tri and the race around the lake (ctckubg 0 Winnebago – 90 miles). I agree with other posters that I would like to know how to combine strength training with these , but would like to devise a winter plan, spring plan and so on. I have a winter trainer for cycling, and also will enroll in a swimming (tri) course, but wish I had a plan made out for the next 8 months. Any advice is helpful! Thank you.

  10. Oops, that word above, “ctckubg” was supposed to be “cycling” Yikes, wrong placement of my right hand on the keyboard!

  11. HI Dustin,

    We specialize in working nationally with women for triathlon and endurance training. Would love to partner with you as guest blog and work cooperatively.



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