RECENT ARTICLES
  • Keeping Up on Cardio Equipment Trends

    by Emily Attwood February 2014

    Group cycling has been the hot topic in group exercise for the past few years, its growth fueled by a celebrity following, a plethora of class formats and continually improving technology that allows for better tracking and more engaging audio/visual elements. But when the American College of Sports Medicine released its list of top 20 fitness trends for 2014, group cycling was nowhere to be found, suggesting to many that it was a fading craze. Meanwhile, whispers of a competitor have been growing from out of the shadows of the cardio floor. The rowing machine, a tried-and-true — if somewhat neglected — staple is being hailed by some as the successor to group cycling. 

  • Life Time Fitness Introducing Ultra-High-End Clubs

    by RICHARD MULLINS; Tribune staff January 2014

    Tampa has lots of places to work out, ranging from $10-a-month weight rooms to $100-per-month health clubs. What this region did not have was an ultra-high-end health club that included everything from metabolic testing to spas, organic food and luxury manicures, according to Life Time executives who visited Tampa on Thursday. That put Tampa on the list for potential sites for a Life Time Fitness complex - the kind of site that can easily cost $10 million to $70 million to build and charges $140 for a single member and $290 a month for a family. When we looked at Tampa, there was no one else at the level where we operate, said Life Time founder Bahram Akradi. We want to operate at a level where no one can expect anything more, anything better.

  • Design Details: Treated Glass Lends Fitness Intimacy

    by Paul Steinbach January 2014

    Clark University officials sought a campus focal point when planning for a new addition to the Bickman Fitness Center.

  • Looking at Your Club Business Through Fresh Eyes

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein January 2014

    Welcome to the new year! The days are shorter, New Year's resolutions are inducing guilt, much of the country is in the depths of winter, and there's nothing for a lot of folks to do but go off and join a gym. Everyone knows they have to get in shape. Now's the time.

  • New Projects: Broncos Centre | Weingart-Lakewood YMCA

    by Emily Attwood January 2014

    Breaking Ground

    A renovation of and addition to the Denver Broncos' Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre (pictured) is under way. The addition includes construction of a new 115,000-square-foot indoor practice facility with a full-length field, as well as locker room and auxiliary spaces. A 12,000-square-foot expansion will house a new kitchen and video operations and technology offices, and the lobby and current media room will also be renovated. The new field house was designed by Denver-based Sink Combs Dethlefs, and the facility renovations are being led by Intergroup Architects of Littleton, Colo.

  • Tips for Maintaining and Replacing Weight Room Flooring

    by Dennis Van Milligen January 2014

    When the University of Oregon formally unveiled its new $68 million football performance center, the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, last summer, it redefined athletic luxury on the collegiate level. Designed by Portland-based ZGF Architects LLP, amenities include a players lounge with Italian leather furniture, rugs hand-woven in Nepal and customized gaming systems; a space-age locker room that requires a biometric thumbprint to enter; and a 25,000-square-foot weight room fortified with Brazilian Ipe wood floors. Environmentally friendly, this type of flooring is mold-, fire-, weather- and pest-resistant, and its strength is comparable to that of steel.

  • Partnership with TRX Instructor Brings Firemen’s Fitness In-House

    by Emily Attwood December 2013

    The Middleton, Wis., Fire District was looking for a solution to keep its 120-person volunteer force in shape. "What we do is pretty serious," says fire chief Aaron Harris. "In a moment's notice, we could be fighting a structure fire. The strains on the body, the heart — the number-one leading killer of a firefighter is heart attacks — it's something we wanted to address."

  • ABC: Tour Showcases Two Distinct Rec Center Designs

    by Super User November 2013

    Before a tour of Long Beach State’s three-year-old recreation center even began, associate director of recreation Sean Del Rossi alerted some 70 ABC attendees that they would later step into a “bizarro world” once the tour took them to the University of California-Irvine’s counterpart facility. In terms of programming layout, left would be right and vice versa.

  • Selectorized Equipment Still Popular in Era of CrossFit

    by Paul Steinbach October 2013

    CrossFit seems to be everywhere. It's all over the fitness headlines, at least.

  • 2013 Facilities of Merit: Keene YMCA

    by AB Editors September 2013

    Doing more with less has become a common design mantra, but nowhere is this more evident than in the Keene Family YMCA, which efficiently houses a wide range of activity spaces. Said one judge, "Keene YMCA is a wonderful example of how commercial building systems can be utilized with pre-engineered systems to provide communities with cost-effective program space."