• True Stories Behind the Biggest Names in Fitness

    by Michael Gaio September 2013

    Fitness is an industry of entrepreneurs and visionaries, where innovation can change the world.

    In a new podcast series, "Gym Class: Heroes of Fitness," Athletic Business, the iClubs Conference and software provider Motionsoft have joined forces to bring the fitness industry's biggest and brightest entrepreneurs and visionaries to life. These men and women join Motionsoft's hilarious hosts Hossein Noshirvani and Leigh Kessler to tell their personal stories and explain how they took their big ideas from vision to reality.

  • VIDEO: Behind the Scenes at Facilities of Merit Judging

    by Michael Gaio August 2013

  • Technogym's Alessandri Discusses Big Plans

    by Michael Gaio June 2013

    Technogym founder and president Nerio Alessandri has big plans for his company. He was recently featured on Bloomberg TV's "Money Moves" segment, where he sat down with Deirdre Bolton to discuss the future of Technogym.

  • Athletic Business Announces Content Library Social Media Contest

    by Michael Gaio June 2013

    Athletic Business wants to make your life easier. First we introduced our new Content Library, a collection of our best articles designed to take the pain out of your next big purchasing decision. Now we want to send you to the 2013 Athletic Business Conference & Expo for free, just for using it.

  • Free Athletic Business Content Library Helps Eliminate Unproductive Online Searches

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor June 2013

    As an athletic, fitness or recreation facility administrator, you don't need us to tell you in how many different directions you are being pulled, usually at the same time. That's why Athletic Business has introduced a new way for you to access AB's most pertinent print and online facility management coverage.

  • Summit to Help Organizations Prevent Abuse in Youth Sports

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor March 2013

    The Jerry Sandusky scandal has prompted countless youth sports organizations to evaluate and, in many cases, tighten their policies regarding suspected child abuse. Now, representatives from more than 50 national groups - including Special Olympics, USA Swimming, US Soccer, the YMCA, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America - along with child-abuse experts, coaches and youth-service workers will join the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation at a two-day summit March 19-20. Titled "Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse," the event will be held at the center's Alexandria, Va., offices and be streamed live.

  • NFL, NBA Donate to Post-Sandy Efforts; NHL, MLB Do Not

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    The National Football League and the National Basketball Association, along with their respective players' unions, will each contribute $1 million to the American Red Cross and other relief organizations to assist in the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Additionally, both leagues and their network broadcasters are airing pregame and in-game messages soliciting donations from viewers. At least one NBA team, the Orlando Magic, also has pledged $25,000 to the Red Cross and, according to the team's website, "will recognize those impacted by the storm through in-game player messages, as well as raise awareness through player PSAs, social media and the team's website."

  • Products Liability on IHRSA's, Cybex's Agenda

    by Andrew Cohen February 2012

    The opinion within Cybex International Inc. that the court system is running amok can best be summed up by noting that the $19.5 million settlement the fitness equipment manufacturer reached this month with Natalie Barnhard, the physical therapy assistant left a paraplegic by a toppled 25-year-old Cybex leg extension machine, counted as very positive news for the company. On the hook after a 2010 jury verdict for a $49.5 million judgment that could have severely impaired the company, Cybex emerges from the case significantly lighter in the wallet but still in business, its stock price rising out of penny territory and its future prospects excellent.

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    by Default Admin December 2009

  • AB Conference: Everything You Know Is Wrong

    by Andrew Cohen December 2009

    That's not quite the title of this seminar…Barry Klein and Rob Bishop, owners of Elevations Health Club in Scotrun, Pa., are speaking about questioning assumptions about your business plan in "Everything You Know About Running a Health Club Is Wrong." Barry was just relating an interesting anecdote about a seminar he attended at a club conference a couple of months ago. The subject had turned to enhancement fees, which are a one-time annual fee charged to members ostensibly to fund capital improvements such as new fitness equipment, new carpeting and so on. These are becoming very popular in for-profit facilities - that is, popular among club operators, not club members. Members, in fact, can get downright ornery about them - "isn't my $49 a month fee paying for fitness equipment and carpeting?" Barry and Rob are inclined to side with members on this one, as they consider such fees cowardly; one would think a business owner would be courageous enough to charge $52 instead of $49 a month, rather than stick a one-time $36 fee down in the fine print.