Facilities: Fitness & Training
Voters Change Minds, OK Sale of School to Fitness Owner
by Thomas J. Prohaska; NEWS NIAGARA REPORTER July 2014
Voters in Lockport changed their minds on the sale of Washington Hunt Elementary School, approving it Tuesday in a second-chance referendum. Complete but unofficial returns showed the proposition passed overwhelmingly, 1,656 to 291. The Board of Education will meet at 4:30 p.m. today to certify the results. The sale is expected to close in about three weeks.
Handball Enthusiast Brings Sport to Albuquerque Park
by TOBY SMITH FOR THE JOURNAL July 2014
Handball has long been a gritty, blue-collar sport: One small, rock-hard ball, no racket, no net, no frills. It's you and an opponent, bare walls and sometimes bare hands. The game can be found in numerous public parks, many of those in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Study: Lack of Exercise, Not Over-Eating Behind Obesity
by Rexford Sheild, Athletic Business Intern July 2014
As our country's obesity problem has gained more attention in recent years, many have looked to identify the root of the problem. A recent 20-year study conducted by Stanford University revealed that obesity is not due primarily to over-eating but rather a decline in exercise, which leads to increases in average body mass index (BMI). Categories examined by lead author Uri Ladabaum and his colleagues include: obesity, waistline obesity, physical activity and calorie intake.
"Our findings do not support the popular notion that the increase of obesity in the United States can be attributed primarily to sustained increase over time in the average daily caloric intake of Americans," said Ladabaum, an associate professor of medicine at Stanford. "We found a significant association between the level of leisure-time physical activity, but not daily caloric intake, and the increases in BMI and waist circumference."
In 1994, only 19.1 percent of women admitted to not having any physical activity in their lifestyle, but by 2010, 51.7 percent for women reported that they did not work out. Men only produced 11.4 percent of those who didn't work out in 1994, but saw an increase in 2010 to 43.5 percent. BMI has increased 0.37 percent per year for women and 0.27 percent for men. The researchers found this was the case for both normal-weight and overweight women, while only for overweight men.
Racial groups hit hardest by lack of exercise are African-American and Mexican-American women, according to the study.
Does One Town Need Two Therapeutic Fitness Centers?
by Daniel Hartill, Staff Writer July 2014
John F. Murphy Homes plans to move forward on a $25 million plan to create a fitness center in Lewiston for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, despite an analysis by Central Maine Healthcare that could lead to the creation of a similar center in the city's downtown.
Lessons in Club Design Learned After Years of Renovation
by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein July 2014
They really need to make paint color samples bigger.
During Construction It’s Decision Time, Again and Again
by Ralph Agostinelli June 2014
The design is complete, the shovels are in the ground. How are you planning to spend the next 12 to 18 months, while your new building takes shape?
City's CrossFit Explosion Results in 10 'Boxes'
by Alissa Mejia June 2014
Every day across the country and around the world, men and women of all ages and backgrounds are driving past air-conditioned gyms to warehouses where tractor tires and iron bars qualify as fitness equipment. They train regardless of heat or cold. They can pay as much as $150 per month for the privilege.
High School Approves $20M in Athletic, Rec Upgrades
by JEFF RUMAGE, email@example.com June 2014
Glendale - Nicolet High School will solicit donations to build an improved football field, 13-court tennis complex and a joint recreation facility. Presented with three different renovation options, the Nicolet Union High School District School Board voted unanimously on Monday, June 23 to pursue what has been referred to at a public information meeting as "Option 2," which calls for $17 million to $20 million in fundraising and naming rights donations. The School Board hopes to offset those costs with the sale of the upper field on the opposite side of Interstate 43, which the district expects to generate between $7 million and $10 million.
Non-Profit Gym Targets Residents in 'Food Desert'
by Gracie Bonds Staples; Staff June 2014
Outside a renovated gas station at the corner of Sunset Avenue and Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, a half-dozen women run through 45-second intervals of cardio exercises. They run. They jump. They shore up their core for a full body workout. Stephanie Tyson, 28, is hoping she can shed 85 pounds.
What You Bring to the Facility Planning Process
by Jerry Burke June 2014
Beware the architect who has all the answers, or the client who has none.