RECENT ARTICLES
  • How to set club membership fees

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein May 2010

    Clear thinking and firm self-knowledge are required when setting club membership fees.

  • MFA's Fitness Center Certification Isn't Just for Hospital Wellness Centers

    by Andrew Cohen December 2009

    The Medical Fitness Association's Fitness Center Certification isn't just for hospital wellness centers.

  • Patron's Fall Off Stationary Bike Meets Court's Support of Waiver Protection

    by John T. Wolohan December 2009

    A patron's fall off a stationary bike meets a court's support of waiver protection for clubs.

  • Climbing Wall Companies' Latest Work Reflects Industry Reaching Higher

    by Andrew Cohen December 2009

    Climbing wall companies' latest work reflects an already innovative industry reaching for even greater heights.

  • AB Conference Tour: Pro-Health & Fitness Center - Viera

    by Andrew Cohen December 2009

    The 7:15 departure time might have scared off a couple of conference attendees, but 45 of us made the hour-long bus ride to Pro-Health & Fitness Center - Viera, and tours continue as I type. The upscale facility is beautiful, and seems well-designed from a functional standpoint - older members and rehab patients mix easily with middle-aged exercisers, with neither seeming out of place. The interior streetscape is designed to integrate people - it's mall-like, but I mean that in a good way. Different user groups that will be going their separate ways don't actually separate until they reach a central check-in desk, which does away with the threatening, face-the-doors desk of a lot of fitness centers, not to mention hospitals.

  • Facility of Merit Judging - Second Day

    by Andrew Cohen September 2009

    Dateline Chicago - A very hard-working group of panelists this year, the first in my 19 years of involvement in the Facility of Merit judging to require pushing back our dinner reservation to 9 p.m. They've lent credence to this photo, which an architect friend sent me years ago:

  • Clubs Use Exercisers to Power Their Fitness Equipment

    by Andrew Cohen June 2009

    The possibility that exercisers could generate enough electricity to power a club has beguiled fitness enthusiasts and facility owners for years.

  • A Primer on Buying, Selling Used Fitness Equipment

    by Anne B. McDonnell April 2009

    Ready to buy or sell used fitness equipment? Find out what suppliers have to say about how they acquire used equipment, and what the pieces go through before being offered for sale again.

  • Fitness Club Operators Take Seven-Step Checkup as Economic Prognosis Worsens

    by Rob Bishop February 2009

    As the nation's economic prognosis worsens, fitness center operators must take these seven active steps to ensure the continued health of their facilities.

  • Researching Fitness Center Certification Requirements

    by Doyice J. Cotten January 2009

    Your fitness center's certification requirements should go beyond taking an employee's word for it. Research the certifying organization and make a paper trail to help avoid client injury and litigation.