• Voters Block Health Club Owner's Purchase of School

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter May 2014

    The owner of Ultimate Physique said Wednesday he was "flabbergasted" that Lockport City School District voters rejected his planned purchase of Washington Hunt Elementary School.

  • School Principal Guilty of Exposing Self at LA Fitness

    by BOBBY KERLIK May 2014

    An Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge on Tuesday declined to grant bail for a suspended Pittsburgh Public Schools principal convicted of exposing himself and propositioning three people in the locker room of a McCandless fitness club.

  • County Sees Uptick in Thieves Targeting Gym Parking Lots

    by KEITH MORELLI; Tribune staff May 2014

    Workout gear typically consists of gym shorts, T-shirts, maybe tights and wrist bands. It doesn't include cellphones, wallets and lap tops. Heading to the gym after work? You probably will leave that stuff in your car. Savvy thieves know this.

  • USTA Building $50M, 100-Court 'New Home' in Orlando

    by Douglas Robson, @dougrobson, USA TODAY Sports May 2014

    The United States Tennis Association is pinning a big chunk of its future on central Florida. Today, the non-profit governing body is set to announce a $50million project in Orlando billed as the new home for American tennis for its 750,000 members.

  • Former 'Biggest Loser' Trainer Lyons Opens Gym


    Kim Lyons, who coached contestants on NBC's competitive weight loss show "The Biggest Loser," has opened a gym in Hermosa Beach. The trainer opened Bionic Body on Hermosa Avenue in March. The gym offers group exercise and personal training, with specialty classes such as functional fitness, circuit training, kickboxing, yoga, barre and Pilates. Beauty services such as massages and facials also are offered.

  • Storage Space Crucial to Any Rec or Fitness Facility

    by Jerry Burke May 2014

    “Not enough storage” is a frequent lament of recreation center operators. I feel for them. I’ve watched countless owners embark on new construction projects determined to avoid this situation, only to go down the same road as their peers. What happens is, you hit the limit on the amount of space you think you can build under their budget. The owners then look at the plan and try to expand their usable program space by cutting back on their storage space, rather than add to the footprint to keep their desired amount of program space and maintain their corresponding storage needs.

  • Kansas House Crushes For-Profit Fitness Clubs Tax Break

    by Tim Carpenter. May 2014

    The House engaged in extraordinary debate Friday before overwhelmingly rejecting a bill that would deliver a property tax exemption for fitness clubs statewide sought by a Wichita businessman who donated liberally to dozens of lawmakers. 

  • Florida Incentivizes Spring Training Ballpark Development

    by Christine Stapleton Palm Beach Post Staff Writer May 2014

    Palm Beach County's effort to build a two-team baseball stadium got a boost Friday when Florida lawmakers approved a bill that would sweeten financing options for building spring training stadiums that the Legislature just created in 2013.

  • Court: Octane Fitness Can Collect Patent Case Legal Fees

    by JIM SPENCER; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul) May 2014

    WASHINGTON - In a decision that experts say could deter frivolous patent lawsuits, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Brooklyn Park maker of exercise equipment will be able to collect legal fees from a company that unsuccessfully sued it for patent infringement. The Minnesota company, Octane Fitness, had sought legal fees after a judge dismissed a patent infringement suit brought by another equipment maker, Icon Health & Fitness.

  • Pro Athlete Trainer Opens 'The Ultimate Training Gym'

    by KAREN BERKOWITZ, April 2014

    Mike Bystol didn't move all that far when he relocated his Bystol Performance Center from Northfield to Highland Park. But the move marks a big professional leap for the veteran strength trainer, whose clients include professional athletes, executives, mothers, teens and younger kids ages 8 on up.