• American Health Clubs Contemplate a Move Toward European-Style Design

    by Andrew Cohen October 2012

    There are all sorts of exercisers, all sorts of health clubs and all sorts of countries. So forgive the many generalizations that follow.

  • Outdoor Gyms Catching On in U.S. Parks

    by Emily Attwood October 2012

    Adult playgrounds have been popular in areas of Asia and Europe for some time, but these outdoor attractions have been slow to catch on in the United States. The Trust for Public Land brought its first Fitness Zone®, a collection of outdoor strength, cardio and balance equipment, to Los Angeles five years ago, and many California communities have also embraced the trend.

  • Rob & Barry: We Couldn't Care More About Our Members

    by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein September 2012

    Imagine that you've just tested your pool water and found it to be - the actual numbers are irrelevant to the story - just fine. A member approaches you 10 minutes later, still in her bathing suit, dripping water on your shoes, and says, "The pH in the pool is high." You say, "I just checked it and it seemed fine, but I'm happy to look into it," even though you'd rather say, "Really? You must be a human chemical testing kit, because the water is actually perfect!" At that moment, would you rather be in the fitness business, or on a beach someplace?

  • Military Veterans Find Success in Fitness Industry

    by Emily Attwood July 2012

    The boot camp workout trend is still going strong in the fitness industry, once again making the American Council on Exercise's list of fitness trends to watch in 2012. Also on the list is suspension training, the invention of a Navy SEAL in the '90s.

  • Obesity Costs Soar, But Physical Burden Can Be Eased in Kids

    by Emily Attwood May 2012

    The American College of Sports Medicine has calculated the number of steps required for children and teens to meet their daily exercise recommendation, offering a new tool in the fight against obesity. A study published in the May edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise calculated the correlation between step counts and physical activity time counts, equating 12,000 steps to 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity.

  • Capitalizing on the 'Strongman' Training Trend

    by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein April 2012

    Many years ago, before age and injury took their toll, one of our favorite pastimes was strongman training. Actually, it was one of Rob's favorite pastimes.

  • Why Health Club Members Are Not Always Right

    by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein February 2012

    The customer is always right." How many times have you said this to your staff - or when you were the customer, felt this yourself?

  • ACE Reinvents Personal Training Using Behavioral Science

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor August 2011

    The American Council on Exercise recently introduced the ACE Integrated Fitness Training™ Model (ACE IFT™), the first comprehensive personal training program designed by a national organization customized to suit the fitness goals, communication style, behavioral tendencies and personality of each client. It incorporates behavioral sciences by integrating psychological and emotional concepts - thereby potentially changing the future of personal training, according to ACE officials. "We recognize that many personal trainers have been using popular yet outdated training models to develop programs for clients," says Cedric X. Bryant, ACE's chief science officer. "To keep ACE-certified personal trainers on the forefront of fitness and ensure clients reach their fitness, health and performance goals, we have turned not only to exercise science, but also behavioral science - something that has never been done before in our industry. By considering the physiological, psychological and emotional needs of clients, we can truly create personalized programs that yield real and lasting results. In addition, our platform is the first to veer from relying on target heart rates and the first to target individuals' metabolic targets, which ultimately equates to better results for weight loss and weight management." The ACE IFT Model represents the key component of ACE's larger "Personal Training. Reinvented." initiative, aimed at raising awareness of the most effective, research-proven ways to train clients. To educate fitness professionals on this new approach, ACE has developed science-based curriculum, expert blogs, textbooks, online courses (including a free introductory webinar) and live workshops. The organization also is tapping into its network of 50,000 certified fitness professionals to help educate consumers about the benefits of this model. For more information, click here.

  • Health Club Owners New Believers in Prepackaged Group Fitness Programs

    by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein July 2011

    Group fitness is vital to our business. We know that members who take classes come in more often, keep their memberships longer and bring us more referrals than those who don't.

  • ACSM Issues New Guidelines on Exercise Quality, Quantity

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor June 2011

    The American College of Sports Medicine released new recommendations Tuesday regarding the quantity and quality of exercise for adults. So now when health club and fitness center staff members are asked by patrons, "How much exercise do I need?" they can respond definitively, the organization says.