Facilities: Fitness & Training
- Climbing Gyms Proliferate as the Sport Takes Hold
by Emily Attwood August 2014
Call it a sport. Call it a recreational activity. Call it a great workout. Just don't call it a fad. Participation in rock climbing has been steadily increasing for years, and climbing walls — already commonplace in campus and municipal recreation centers — are popping up in high schools and elementary schools, parks and health clubs, even stadiums.
- Study: Fitness Lessens Depression Risk for Young Girls
by Rexford Sheild August 2014
According to the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement, roughly 11 percent of adolescents experience a depressive disorder by age 18. However, in a recent study led by Camilo Ruggero of North Texas, there may be a solution to combat this issue, especially for young middle school girls. Ruggero and his team, presenting at the 122nd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., last Thursday, suggested that getting teenage girls physically fit can combat the risks of depression.
- Study: Lack of Exercise, Not Over-Eating Behind Obesity
by Rexford Sheild, Athletic Business Intern July 2014
As our country's obesity problem has gained more attention in recent years, many have looked to identify the root of the problem. A recent 20-year study conducted by Stanford University revealed that obesity is not due primarily to over-eating but rather a decline in exercise, which leads to increases in average body mass index (BMI). Categories examined by lead author Uri Ladabaum and his colleagues include: obesity, waistline obesity, physical activity and calorie intake.
"Our findings do not support the popular notion that the increase of obesity in the United States can be attributed primarily to sustained increase over time in the average daily caloric intake of Americans," said Ladabaum, an associate professor of medicine at Stanford. "We found a significant association between the level of leisure-time physical activity, but not daily caloric intake, and the increases in BMI and waist circumference."
In 1994, only 19.1 percent of women admitted to not having any physical activity in their lifestyle, but by 2010, 51.7 percent for women reported that they did not work out. Men only produced 11.4 percent of those who didn't work out in 1994, but saw an increase in 2010 to 43.5 percent. BMI has increased 0.37 percent per year for women and 0.27 percent for men. The researchers found this was the case for both normal-weight and overweight women, while only for overweight men.
Racial groups hit hardest by lack of exercise are African-American and Mexican-American women, according to the study.
- Lessons in Club Design Learned After Years of Renovation
by Rob Bishop July 2014
They really need to make paint color samples bigger.
- During Construction It’s Decision Time, Again and Again
by Ralph Agostinelli June 2014
The design is complete, the shovels are in the ground. How are you planning to spend the next 12 to 18 months, while your new building takes shape?
- What You Bring to the Facility Planning Process
by Jerry Burke June 2014
Beware the architect who has all the answers, or the client who has none.
- Assertiveness is Key to Running a Fitness Business
by Rob Bishop June 2014
You know how being physically fit and strong is supposed to make people confident and self-assured? Then please explain to us why we're an industry of wimps.
- Athletic Business Architectural Showcase 2014 Map
by AB Staff June 2014
View 2014 AB showcase locations in a full screen map
This year marks the 27th year of Athletic Business's Architectural Showcase and 29th Facility of Merit awards program. The University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium graced the cover of the first "Showcase on Architecture" as it was initially called, one of 45 facilities to be highlighted in the June 1988 issue.
Not surprisingly, facilities have gotten bigger and more expensive since our first Showcase — there is a more than $100 million difference between the most expensive project this year and its counterpart in 1988 — but there's still room for smaller projects. College projects continue to dominate the market, though preferences have changed — a campus-rec standard today, climbing walls were all but nonexistent in facilities of the '80s.
- Blog: Six Facilities That Left Me Floored
by Michael Gaio May 2014
When I was invited by Regupol America to tour several athletic and fitness facilities earlier this month, I had no idea what I was in for. Working for AB, we know how important the right kind of flooring is — it impacts everything from acoustics and aesthetics to cost and usability — but it takes getting out of the office and seeing the details up close to really understand how flooring can make an impact.
- Storage Space Crucial to Any Rec or Fitness Facility
by Jerry Burke May 2014
“Not enough storage” is a frequent lament of recreation center operators. I feel for them. I’ve watched countless owners embark on new construction projects determined to avoid this situation, only to go down the same road as their peers. What happens is, you hit the limit on the amount of space you think you can build under their budget. The owners then look at the plan and try to expand their usable program space by cutting back on their storage space, rather than add to the footprint to keep their desired amount of program space and maintain their corresponding storage needs.