• Lifetime Fitness Location's Food-Service Permit Lifted

    by Laura Berrios; For the AJC August 2014

    If the Lifetime Fitness on North Brown Road in Lawrenceville is your gym, you might want to eat before you go workout.

  • Tax Exemption Sought for New Health Club in Old School

    by Thomas J. Prohaska; News Niagara Reporter August 2014

    Ultimate Physique, whose $65,000 purchase of the former Washington Hunt Elementary School was approved by Lockport voters July 29, is seeking a five-year, 100 percent property tax exemption on the building from Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

  • Land-Swap Concerns Slow Spring Training Park Progress

    by Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer August 2014

    Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla Taylor said the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals could present county officials with a new financing plan for a proposed spring training complex as early as this week.

  • Experts: Solo Sports Physicals Better Than Group Clinics

    by By Hannah Poturalski August 2014

    Sports physicians and medical academies are discouraging schools from holding large-scale medical screenings for young athletes to obtain their state-required annual sports physicals. Sports-related injuries in student athletes exceed 2 million a year, and in Ohio all school athletes are required to get annual physicals.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Assertiveness is Key to Running a Fitness Business

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein June 2014

    You know how being physically fit and strong is supposed to make people confident and self-assured? Then please explain to us why we're an industry of wimps.