National Survey of Fitness Trends in Spain for 2017

Óscar L. Veiga

Manel Valcarce Torrente

Adrián King Clavero

*Corresponding author: Óscar L. Veiga

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Veiga, O. L., Valcarce Torrente, M., & King Clavero, A. (2017). National Survey of Fitness Trends in Spain for 2017. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 128, 108-125.



Every year for the past 10 years, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has administered a global survey on fitness trends. This study has reproduced the methodology used by the ACSM surveys with the goal of identifying trends in the fitness sector in Spain. The opinion of 672 professionals in the fitness sector about 40 potential trends in the sector for 2017 were gathered via an online questionnaire. The results are compared and discussed with the results of the international surveys administered by the ACSM from 2007 to 2016. The results show that the trends in the fitness sector in Spain for 2017 largely dovetail with those found in the ACSM’s last international survey for 2016. Thus, 14 of the trends within the Top 20 are identical in both studies, with the top positions being “body weight training”, “high-intensity interval training” and “certified, experienced trained staff”. On the other hand, 4 trends in Spain’s Top 20 were specific to our country. Likewise, 12 of the identified trends match the Top 20 ranked trends in the past decade (2007-2016) devised based on the results of the ACSM’s international surveys.

Keywords: ACSM Survey, fitness, Fitness Industry, Spanish Fitness Survey, Trends.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: September 19, 2016

Accepted: Fabruary 13, 2017

Published: April 01, 2017