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The Evolution of Fitness

If we’ve learned one thing in life it’s that change is constant and that we all need to change or evolve to adapt to changing times whether that be in your career, family life, political views, financial gains or losses, and how you take care of yourself as you move through the decades of life. The ways in which you take care of yourself now might be quite different than in previous decades so we want to showcase some of those past trends and offer you some modern workouts and insights from our authors.

woman using a vibrating massage belt from the 50's

Fitness is Always Evolving

From circuit training to HIIT workouts, there's no shortage of fitness trends circulating the internet today. But over the years, fitness trends have ranged from calisthenics to vibrating massage belts to Jazzercise to Zumba and Crossfit.

An article in Men's Health magazine provides a glimpse of what fitness looked like 50 years ago.

An article from Wellness 360 magazine covers fitness trends from the past 80 years.

How fitness has evolved throughout history

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Workouts have evolved throughout history. Help your fitness level to evolve this new year with one of these workouts.

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As a certified professional, you know it's critical to stay on the cutting edge of industry trends to be sure you're working from the latest research and standards, using the most up-to-date information on workout safety, and providing effective workouts your clients want to reach their goals. Learn from our latest continuing education exams and courses and earn the CECs and CEUs you need to recertify.

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Human Kinetics authors discuss how fitness has evolved

Many of Human Kinetics’ authors have a long history in the fitness industry. Listen as they discuss how their careers, the fitness industry, or their book has changed over the years.
Desi Bartlett discusses how fitness has evolved
Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews discuss how Yoga Anatomy has evolved
Tom Sheppard discusses how his views on training have adapted