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  • Designing a Sports Performance Facility

    by Andrew Barnard and Ernest Joyner September 2015

    Athletics is a competitive business. Professional, collegiate and youth athletics programs constantly seek a competitive edge. For today's programs, sports performance centers have become the new arrow in their quivers. Successful sports performance programs do two basic things: acquire information and implement that information in a consistent, logical and beneficial way.

  • Toluca Lake Tennis & Fitness Club Named "Best in Los Angeles"

    by AB Editors September 2015

    Source: Toluca Lake Tennis & Fitness Club

    The Toluca Lake Tennis & Fitness Club has been voted the 2015 Best Health and Fitness Club in Los Angeles in the Readers Choice Awards for the Los Angeles Daily News.

    Founded in 1974, early members included Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, and Farrah Fawcett.  Located next to Warner Brothers and Universal Studios, the Club specializes in providing superior tennis and fitness services to Hollywood's entertainment professionals and everyone in the greater Los Angeles area.

    Tennis Director Ben Brunkow, a nationally ranked doubles champion, oversees the tennis program, which includes tournaments, clinics and private lessons. Head Pro Christian Straka is considered one of the best tennis instructors in Southern California. Christian was Roger Federer's doubles partner, played in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, and was recently voted the Head-Penn company Pro of the Year.

    With world-class personal trainers, over 50 Group Exercise classes including yoga, boxing, dance, and Spin, and an outdoor heated pool, the Club is more than just tennis. The weight room and Cardio deck had a complete remodeling last year and now includes an area dedicated to Functional Training and Sports Conditioning.

    Combining classic Hollywood charm with elite, modern fitness facilities, the Toluca Lake Tennis & Fitness Club is honored to be recognized as the #1 Health and Hitness Club in Los Angeles.

  • Community Workouts Raise Awareness for Veterans

    by Jason Scott August 2015

    Athletes at Aberrant CrossFit in Eldridge, Iowa, devoted their Saturday morning workout to raising awareness and funds for a startup veterans gym called Counterstrike Fitness.

  • Fitness Bridge Helps Market Rec Center’s Offerings

    by Paul Steinbach August 2015

    Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ont., sought to connect the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre to an existing student association building next door, but needed to preserve vehicular circulation between the two structures.

  • How to Recognize the Positives of Health Club Ownership

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein July 2015

    We're often accused of being negative on these pages. Our response is that we're not negative at all. We're realistic. Rob would liken our opinion about owning and operating an independent health club to his opinion of marriage. To anyone who has never been married before, Rob will try to tell them, "Marriage is not what you think it is. Maybe for better or worse. Maybe for good or bad."

  • The AB Extra: July 24

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Featured in this week's AB Extra is news about an accidental addition to the ACC Football Media Guide, a creative way to dry out the L.A. Angels' field and a gym especially for dogs. 


    A Cry for Help Buried in the ACC Media Guide
    Someone in the ACC is seemingly unhappy about something to do with its media guide. 

    The ACC Football Media Guide was released on Monday and on page 145 beneath Wake Forest's 2014 game results reads the phrase, "F--- this s---." 

    Different media sources have speculated as to why such a message would appear. Some say maybe it's a response to Wake Forest's less-than-stellar season. Another detailed his experiences with media guides, saying just reading them turned his "brain to mush" and he sympathized with whoever had to actually write one.

    It's not known who wrote the message in the media guide, but the ACC has since removed it and released a statement regarding it.

    “We sincerely apologize for the offensive error in the media guide. It has been appropriately updated," the ACC said.


    International Special Olympics Spend Night in LA Gym After Transportation Delays
    Special Olympians arriving in California on Tuesday for the 2015 World Summer Games had to make the best of a bad situation when transportation delays stopped them from getting to their host cities. This resulted in about 1,500 athletes having to sleep on the gymnasium floor at Loyola Marymount University for the night.

    Athletes from the Cayman Islands, Kenya, Norway, Mexico, Norway and Venezuela were those affected by the delays when they arrived in Los Angeles. Despite being tired from a long day of travel, Kenyan swim coach Collins Marigiri told Fox News, "It really wasn't bad... The athletes didn't have any problems."

    According to Marigiri, "They had food. They had water. They had a place to sleep. There were no medical issues."

    Some of the athletes played board games and took advantage of the opportunity to meet athletes from other countries. At one point, a conga line was formed. The Red Cross provided bedding for the athletes and all were able to leave for their host cities on Wednesday. 

    The Opening Ceremony for the Games takes place on Saturday. 


    Controversy Over New Lululemon Beer
    Yoga apparel company Lululemon has another PR snafu on their hands after announcing the release of a Lululemon branded beer with a cartoon totem pole on the can. 

    The company posted a picture of the beer can on Instagram last week and immediately drew backlash with some saying the cartoon was insensitive to Indigenous people. Some also questioned whether producing a beer was the right choice for a yoga company. 

    One Instagram user commented on the photo saying, “The ‘totem pole’ is cultural appropriation and incredibly offensive."

    The beer, called Curiosity Lager, is limited edition and only 88,000 cans will be produced in conjunction with the 2015 SeaWheeze Sunset Festival and Half Marathon in August in Vancouver. It will also be able to be purchased in some liquor stores across Canada.  


    L.A. Angels Use Helicopter to Dry Rain-Soaked Field
    For the first time since 1995, the Los Angeles Angels had a game rained out. The rain soaked the field, forcing the team to take some creative measures to get the field in playing condition for the next day. 

    The organization deployed a helicopter to fly over the field to dry it in time for the Angel's double header against the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

    Despite being a little over-the-top, the field was dry by the time the game needed to start and the teams began play at 2 pm PT. 


    A Gym for Dogs... With a Pool
    Dogs in Tucson, Arizona don't just have to hit the pavement anymore to get in their exercise. Now, they can become a member at A Loyal Companion, a rec center just for dogs, to get in their workout.

    They can hit the pool to get some cardio or climb on inflatables to improve strength and balance. If they need some down time, the dogs can get a massage or reiki treatments or if they're looking to learn, there are options to enroll in obedience classes or therapy dog training.

    Gym owner Kate Titus says A Loyal Companion is a great way for dogs to get exercise because many times, people don't walk fast enough for dogs to get enough of a cardio workout. She says her gym not only gives dogs a different way to exercise that's more complete, but it also allows for a nice bonding opportunity between dogs and their owners.

    Currently, A Loyal Companion has about 50 to 60 members and dues start at $29 per month.


    Check out the AB Extra from previous weeks: 
    July 17
    July 10
    June 26

  • How Lock Technologies Are Simplifying Shared-Use Operations

    by Paul Steinbach July 2015

    Combination padlocks, keys, bolt cutters -- they're all getting harder to find in athletics, fitness and recreation locker rooms these days. That's because code-based mechanical and electronic lock technology has made life easier for both locker users and facility managers, if a little less lucrative for local locksmiths.

  • Corporate Fitness Centers Increasing Across the Nation

    by June 2015

    Corporate America is increasingly prioritizing health and wellness for its employees. From vending machines stocked with healthy snack options to 10-minute fun fitness breaks, employers are taking steps of varying degree to foster healthier work environments while, hopefully, inspiring increased worker productivity. It's not surprising that the leader in this area is a business behemoth with deep resources: Google.

  • Avoid These Six Health Club Design Mistakes

    by Rob Bishop June 2015

    When it comes to great architecture and design at fitness facilities, we defer to former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's standard for obscenity — we know it when we see it.

  • Blog: Diddy, with a Kettlebell, in the UCLA Weight Room

    by Stuart Goldman June 2015

    The Diddy attack at the UCLA training complex on Monday has taken on a life of its own. What have we learned? We’ve learned that a kettlebell can be used as a deadly weapon.