• Minnesota Seeks Consultant Help on 'Athletes Village'

    by Brian Johnson April 2014

    The University of Minnesota’s hoped-for $190 million athletics complex is still without a groundbreaking date and the fundraising effort remains a work in progress, but other project-related plans are moving forward. Late last week, the U of M put out a request for professional services to analyze everything from parking needs to site access for the proposed “athletes village” on the U of M’s East Bank. The requested “district improvements study” is a step forward in planning for the new complex, which would include an academic center, practice facilities for football and basketball, and new digs for women’s gymnastics, Olympic-style sports, and wrestling.

  • Health Club Makes $65K Offer on Closed School

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter April 2014

    Ultimate Physique, a longtime Lockport health club, has offered to buy the closed Washington Hunt Elementary School for $65,000. The Lockport Board of Education voted unanimously and without comment Wednesday to place the deal on the May 20 ballot. If the voters give the go-ahead, the 33,200-square-foot, two-story school will be sold for that price.

  • Lakers Seek Practice Facility Befitting Franchise's Image

    by Mark Medina April 2014

    For all the glitz and glamour surrounding the Lakers' franchise, their current practice facility does not exactly exude such a mystique. The Lakers have only one basketball court and its office space is somewhat cramped. So in an effort both to expand room for their day- to-day operations and provide a mechanism to lure free agents beyond their storied championship history, the Lakers plan to build a modern practice facility in El Segundo.

  • Flood Emergency Provides Lessons in Crisis Management

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein March 2014

    As a gym owner or manager, there's one phone call, above all others, that you do not want at 1 a.m. — a call from your alarm company.

  • Military Stepping Up Fitness Initiatives to Become Wellness Leader

    by Emily Attwood March 2014

    The Armed Forces have long been seen as the epitome of fitness, trailblazing the way for new and evermore impressive exercise programs. Look no further than TRX and other suspension-training offshoots, bootcamp-style workouts and military-inspired obstacle runs, to name a few examples.

  • Code Amended to Allow Sports Center in Industrial Zone

    by LAURIE BLAKE; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) March 2014

    Finding new businesses knocking on the door to its oldest industrial park, Burnsville has decided to let a sports performance center in now and consider others later in the year. After approval by the Planning Commission and Economic Development Commission, the City Council last week amended the zoning code to admit sports performance centers as a conditional use in the 241-acre industrial park north of Hwy. 13 near Cliff Road and S. 12th Avenue. The industrial park, which sits on the bluff overlooking the Minnesota River, is the oldest industrial zone in the city, with mostly single-story buildings built in the 1970s and 1980s for multiple tenants of offices and warehouses.

  • Private Sports Complex Eyes School Grounds Location

    by BILL VIDONIC March 2014

    Two businessmen have approached the Butler Area School District about building a privately owned sports complex on school property. The district might be interested so that students and student athletes could use the space, said Superintendent Michael Strutt, provided no financial strings are attached. "If it's going to cost the district anything "” any part of it "” that's a completely different story," Strutt said.

  • Orioles Skipper Touts Functionality of Spring Ballpark

    by MICHAEL KOLLIGIAN Correspondent March 2014

    Midway through his team's Wednesday morning workout at misty Ed Smith Stadium, Orioles manager Buck Showalter boarded a golf cart bound for the pitchers' training facility, where rehabilitating starters Dylan Bundy and Johan Santana were scheduled to throw bullpen sessions.

  • High School's New Weight Room Attracting Non-Athletes

    by BARLAS, THOMAS March 2014

    VINELAND -- Student athletes are not the only ones muscling their way to fitness at Vineland High School. A new weight room at Vineland High School South is attracting students with few, if any, links to high school athletics.

  • News and Notes From the IHRSA 2014 Trade Show Floor

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    There’s nothing like attending a good trade show, especially in the fitness industry. The equipment, the innovation, the music, the energy, the people… Whether it’s our show or IHRSA, I consider attending these shows to be one of the perks of my job.