RECENT ARTICLES
  • How to Succeed in Membership Sales

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein November 2011

    Your club is terrible at selling memberships. We know this because we're all terrible at selling memberships, and even if you think your club isn't, you are best served by thinking you are.

  • Manufacturing Location Impacts Strength Equipment

    by Andrew Cohen September 2011

    People who incorporate new companies seldom expend any energy deciding where to locate them.

  • Fabric Structure Makers Re-Educate Following Cowboys Facility Collapse

    by Paul Steinbach September 2011

    When a Dallas Cowboys practice facility collapsed under a microburst of 60-mile-per-hour winds in May 2009, it injured a dozen people and proved fatal for the company ultimately responsible for the facility's manufacture.

  • Use of 'Suspension Training' Term Focus of Lawsuit

    by Andrew Cohen August 2011

    Discovery materials are due to be presented Oct. 12 in the case of Fitness Anywhere Inc. v. Lifeline International, with a trial due to start two months later in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, which may or may not settle once and for all the question of whether "suspension training" is a generic term.

  • Fitness Equipment Helps Facilities Harness User-Generated Energy

    by Michael Popke June 2011

    Back in 2007, members at Gainesville Health & Fitness might have noticed a young man planted behind an elliptical machine, "tinkering" (as he called it) with the unit's moving parts.

  • A Club's Termination Fee Is Held Void

    by John T. Wolohan May 2011

    The membership is the lifeblood of any health club. To ensure that clubs remain solvent, their operators must work hard to attract new members and hold onto them.

  • Social Environments Help Health Clubs with Member Retention

    by Paul Steinbach April 2011

    At the dawn of the modern health club era - the mid-1970s - Rick Caro became fascinated by a foursome of elderly women who gathered for a regular tennis match at one of the clubs Caro owned.

  • Sweat Can Damage Stationary Bikes, Tarnish a Facility's Image

    by Paul Steinbach January 2011

    "Okay, class, who's ready to sweat?" Such a question might be greeted with enthusiasm - even cheers - from a room full of eager stationary cyclists. After all, that's why they're here. And in this setting, inspiration translates to perspiration. If it doesn't, something's wrong.

  • Massive Product Recall Rocks Auto-Belay Industry

    by Andrew Cohen December 2010

    Rock climbers take safety seriously. Out on a rock face, they know that only three things stand between them and a catastrophic fall - their equipment (ropes, harnesses, carabiners, anchors and the like), their own skills and the skills of their belayer.

  • New Projects: The Rose Bowl; Lake Forest College; University of Arkansas

    by Nicholas Brown September 2010

    A roundup of groundbreakings, grand openings and building projects in development.