• Buckeyes Mull $7.8M Revamp of Practice Facility

    by Andy Berg August 2017

    Ohio State may be looking to renovate the school’s Woody Hayes Athletic Center where the Buckeye football team trains.

    According to a report from Columbus Business First, which was picked up by, donors are considering a $7.8 million renovation of the facility’s east wing. That would mark the largest investment in the building since the $2.5 million renovation of the center’s locker rooms in 2014.

    According to a school spokesman, donors will cover 90 percent of the project.

    Pending approval, the renovations would start in March 2018, with completion slated somewhere around December.

    The Woody Hayes Athletic Center opened in 1987, followed by a $21.5 million 53,000-square-foot expansion that began in 2005 and was completed in 2007. In total, the facility is comprised of 78,000 square feet of facilities, offices and meeting rooms.

  • Building a Brand Around Your Business Image

    by Rob Bishop August 2017

    If you read business books and articles, you're bound to be familiar with "branding" — the idea that consumers can and should immediately recognize your business, its logo and what your business stands for. What's special about your company?

  • Anti-Police Policy Causes Headaches for Neighboring Gyms

    by Jessica Chasmar August 2017

    An Atlanta gym is affirming its appreciation for law enforcement and the military after people started mistaking it for a nearby gym that bans police and service members. Jim Chambers, owner of EAV Barbell Club in the city's East Atlanta Village neighborhood, caused a social-media frenzy this week after declaring a ban on police and military members, calling his gym a safe space from "aggressive, hetero-jocks."

  • Gym’s Police and Military Ban Sparks Online Controversy

    by Courtney Cameron August 2017

    EAV Barbell Club in East Atlanta Village has been the recipient of hate mail and death threats since owner Jim Chambers posted an image of his hand-written gym policy to Instagram.

  • Outdoor Climbing Gym Proposed in East Memphis

    by Tom Bailey August 2017

    East Memphis commuters may be treated to some eye candy – up to 10 climbers at a time scaling a 40-foot-tall, outdoor climbing wall – if plans for a large climbing gym are approved. Chattanooga-based High Point Climbing proposes to build a $9 million, 32,000-square-foot climbing and fitness facility at a high-profile intersection just west of Shelby Farms Park. It's the second substantial rock-climbing project in the works in Memphis. Movie director and philanthropist Tom Shadyac is converting a long-vacant building at 879 E. McLemore in Soulsville into Memphis Rox, a 28,000-square-foot climbing gym and community center.

  • Identifying Operational Challenges as an Independent Club

    by Rob Bishop August 2017

    Because I write a column that often focuses on helping club owners and managers become more successful in their own clubs, everyone usually assumes that we have a great club (true) and are wildly successful (not necessarily true).

  • 2017 CrossFit Games: A Venue Transformed

    by Andy Berg August 2017

    The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games were held Aug. 3-6, in Madison, Wis., at the city's Alliant Energy Center. The venue features five main areas, including four primary structures and a 29-acre outdoor venue. CrossFit Games organizers added a number of temporary structures for food and merchandise vending, a two-story VIP lounge, an obstacle course, a Cyclocross course and other outdoor event areas. Here's an in-depth look at how one venue was transformed to host some of the fittest athletes on the planet.  Adobe Spark Page

  • Nevada's Wiegand Fitness Center Features Stadium Stairs

    by Paul Steinbach August 2017

    Roughly a third of the fitness space within the University of Nevada, Reno's E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center is dedicated to functional training.

  • How Tech Is Creating ‘Smart’ Fitness Facilities

    by Jason Scott August 2017

    At this very moment, you likely carry a supercomputer in your pocket that possesses more processing power than the computers that got us to the moon. You may be tracking your steps using a tiny device you wear on your wrist. You’re reading these words on the internet, which is linked (in theory) to the entire depth of human knowledge.

  • Tough Mudder Debuts Bootcamp Gym Franchise

    by Courtney Cameron August 2017

    Tough Mudder has made a significant step toward extending the brand beyond races and challenges with the opening of its first franchise gym location, Tough Mudder Bootcamp.