RECENT ARTICLES
  • News and Notes From the IHRSA 2014 Trade Show Floor

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    There’s nothing like attending a good trade show, especially in the fitness industry. The equipment, the innovation, the music, the energy, the people… Whether it’s our show or IHRSA, I consider attending these shows to be one of the perks of my job.

  • Optimism Meets Reality When Opening a Health Club

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein March 2014

    The adage, "Do what you love and you'll never work another day in your life," likely needs some updating. Maybe something like, "If you choose to start a business based on what you love, then be prepared to work really, really hard every day and know that 80 percent of what you have to do will have nothing to do with what you love. But that last 20 percent might be fun."

  • Portable Synthetic Turf Growing within Athletic, Fitness Markets

    by Paul Steinbach March 2014

    It's springing up on top of basketball courts and inside hockey dasher boards, and thriving within a new workout environment that emphasizes sprints and agility drills alongside atypical strength training. But to say that synthetic turf is taking root in a variety of indoor spaces these days would be missing the point, or at least misusing the metaphor.

  • Wage Issues Halt UConn Facility Construction

    by Michael Gaio March 2014

    Construction of the University of Connecticut's new $33 million basketball practice facility has been put on hold due to illegal payments to workers by two of the construction companies working on the project.

  • 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. 

  • 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 & 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."