• Do Older Fitness Trainers Have an Advantage?

    by David Quick July 2014

    Careers typically span 25 to 40 years, but some that rely on physical strength or beauty are shorter than many that. Think professional athletes, dancers or models. The fitness industry, long the bastion of youth and vigor, has been mainstream long enough to have fitness professionals getting into their 50s and 60s. And while there is precedence for older fitness instructors inspiring younger generations for decades, such as the late, great Jack LaLanne, they have been few and far between. Where s Jane Fonda?

  • City's CrossFit Explosion Results in 10 'Boxes'

    by Alissa Mejia June 2014

    Every day across the country and around the world, men and women of all ages and backgrounds are driving past air-conditioned gyms to warehouses where tractor tires and iron bars qualify as fitness equipment. They train regardless of heat or cold. They can pay as much as $150 per month for the privilege.

  • Ex-Yankee Strength Coach to Open Training Studio

    by David Winzelberg June 2014

    As strength and conditioning director for the New York Yankees, Dana Cavalea was responsible for teaching training techniques to some pricey major league talent. But Cavalea said he learned a lot more from some of the players than they could learn from him. Baseball icons he worked with – including Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera – taught Cavalea that “consistency over time yields the best results. ” He’s now applying that lesson to a strength-training business scheduled to open on Long Island this month.

  • Fitness Enthusiasts Disappointed as 'Yoga Tax' Approved

    by Andrea Noble, THE WASHINGTON TIMES June 2014

    D.C. lawmakers gave final approval on Tuesday to the city's $10.6 billion spending plan, which includes a package of broad cuts to income and business taxes but expands sales taxes to some new services such as health clubs.

  • Program at YMCA Eases Cancer Patients Back into Health

    by Rosa Salter Rodriguez The Journal Gazette June 2014

    Julia Newman remembers sitting in her doctor's office in 2013 and hearing that she was cancer free. She had just undergone four months of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. "The doctor said, `You're well,' and I thought, `I don't feel well.' It was like, after all that comes with cancer, now what do I do?" the 50-year-old says. "I wanted to be getting back to feeling better." Now, Newman says, she's doing great, after completing 12 weeks of classes in the Livestrong program at Jorgensen Family YMCA.

  • Osteogenic Loading Workout Builds Strength, Following


    Soccer player Soren Norman, 16, can play harder and kick farther than he could three months ago. He and his mother, Deborah Norman, a nurse, credit much of his skill development to work with a vibration plate and osteogenic loading device at OsteoStrong on Osuna NE, just west of Eubank NE, which allows him to exercise with much heavier weight - 500 or 600 pounds for his upper body and as much as 1,300 pounds on the leg press - than he could otherwise. "I was surprised that it worked so fast," Soren says. "I noticed when I was punting the ball. I could just kick it farther than I ever could before."

  • Gold's Gym Hit with $6M Judgment Over Contract Terms

    by Stephanie Hoops June 2014

    The Ventura County district attorney has secured a $6 million judgment against Gold’s Gym of Oxnard in connection with a civil action alleging the gym had illegally profited off members for years by making it nearly impossible to get out of gym contracts.

  • City's Proposed 5.75 Percent 'Yoga Tax' Gets Political

    by Andrea Noble, THE WASHINGTON TIMES June 2014

    D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said a plan by mayoral candidate David A. Catania to eliminate the proposed "yoga tax" is a political maneuver and defended picking the taxing option over other proposals because it would not exclusively affect city residents.

  • Studio Expansion a Sign of Rowing's Growing Popularity

    by Alissa Mejia June 2014

    A rising tide of interest is helping a local rowing-based fitness studio expand in Corpus Christi and beyond. When local business owner John Harrel opened RowZone on Saratoga Boulevard in 2010, he became the first franchisee of a company that then consisted of three indoor rowing studios in Pennsylvania.

  • Tuesday Takedown: Witnessing a Health Club's Rebirth

    by Dennis Van Milligen June 2014

    It is safe to say that necessity is the mother of reinvention these days in the health club industry. The rise of in-home fitness options and low-priced health clubs are certainly factors in fitness chains reinventing themselves and how they attract/retain members, but for the Midtown Athletic Club, neither played a role in its $1 million renovation this year. Rather, it was an industry trend driving its new approach and layout.