Facilities: Fitness & Training
- 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.
- 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.
- 2015 Showcase by the Numbers
by AB Staff June 2015
Wondering what the spread of this year's submissions looks like? Projects in the college market dominated, offering a healthy array of athletic, fitness and recreation endeavors. As far as design, an overarching theme across all markets was creating a sense of place through the use of grand and welcoming entrances and atriums, often featuring abundant glass and skylights.
- The AB Extra: June 19
by Laura Godlewski June 2015
This week's AB Extra features news about a startup that aims to improve athletic equipment, a study that suggests that active video games are a good substitute for physical activity for kids and a university that is looking out for those who are texting and walking.
- Sponsored Video: Cybex Care - Asset Management for Gyms
by AB Staff June 2015
Cybex has recently introduced Cybex Care, a web-based asset management system designed to help gym owners save money, reduce equipment downtime, and manage machine usage.
- How Lighting Changes the Group Fitness Environment
by Emily Attwood May 2015
Neal Pire has spent more than 30 years designing, managing and consulting for fitness and training centers, including the development of fitness programs. Also serving on the NSF International Joint Committee on Health Fitness Facility Standards, Pire has seen a lot of good and bad facility design.