RECENT ARTICLES
  • Blog: Serving Up Tennis that Everyone Can Play

    by Mary Helen Sprecher May 2011

    I refuse to be hypocritical and start out by saying that you know an exercise program has hit the big time when it appears on "The Biggest Loser." I hate reality TV - nothing and nobody can change that. So the fact that Cardio Tennis was featured on the show (and demonstrated by Anna Kournikova, no less) isn't the reason I'd give you to offer it. Really - it shouldn't take a TV appearance to convince anyone. You need only an interest in increasing the use of your courts and the knowledge that sports-specific fitness programs have been consistently popular for years.

  • Blog: Always Be Persistent, Consistent and Committed

    by James McPartland April 2011

    Achieving and sustaining a healthy and high quality of life has parallels to the requirements of building a growing and profitable business. Both involve facing daily obstacles and deterrents, and both require the support of great people to encourage you to stay on track.

  • Blog: Over-45 Fitness Program Is a WINNing Ticket

    by Mary Helen Sprecher April 2011

    The Columbia Association, to which I belong, does so many things right with regard to their athletic facilities and programs. They instituted that great Fitness Bingo program, and they also have classes, leagues and all kinds of other great stuff. If I let myself get carried away, I could start gushing, and that would embarrass everyone.

  • Blog: Zumba's Great - Just Not for Us

    by Rob Bishop April 2011

    We're going to come right out and say it, and then go hide behind something sturdy in anticipation of the response.

  • Blog: Life Can Be Longer Than 'Too Short,' And Better

    by James McPartland April 2011

    Some say that life is too short, when in fact most of us take too long to begin living it. Many of us have grand travel plans to that infamous place called "someday" - the place we'll go to enjoy ourselves and try something we have always wanted to try. Of course, not until our obligations and responsibilities are taken care of.

  • Overly Aggressive Workouts Put Athletes at Risk of Rhabdomyolysis

    by Paul Steinbach March 2011

    A University of Iowa investigation into the January hospitalization of 13 football players has determined that an intense exercise regimen on the heels of a three-week layoff from supervised workouts was the cause of the players' rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal breakdown of muscle fibers into the bloodstream, where excess proteins can clog the kidneys and cause renal failure.

  • Blog: Sedentary Kids Need a Hero

    by Mary Helen Sprecher February 2011

    Michelle Obama has been hitting the campaign trail, making stump speeches for keeping kids fit. Can't say I blame her. Childhood obesity has reached critical mass; according to the CDC, it has tripled in the past three years, not that anyone really needs statistics when a pair of eyes will suffice.

  • Blog: Four Tips for E-Marketing in 2011

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein February 2011

    It's 2011, and you are all over your e-marketing strategy, right? Your website has been optimized for search engines, and you rule on Facebook and Twitter. You post YouTube videos every day.

  • Blog: It's Time to Bring the Human Touch to Customer Service

    by James McPartland January 2011

    I recently had a moment of clarity in my health club, a large, well-known multipurpose facility that I have belonged to for more than 20 years. It was as simple as this: an employee named Herb came over to say hello and introduce himself. I had seen him do this with other people when he first started working there a month ago, and I was sure that as a personal trainer he was mainly trolling for new clients. But as the days passed, I thought that even if that were the case, he was unique because he was actually talking to the members. He was making people feel special. Where had he been all this time?

  • Blog: Fitness Facilities and the Crystal Ball

    by Mary Helen Sprecher January 2011

    Oh, right, it's the new year. Time to gaze into the crystal ball of fitness trends.

    Authorities (such as the American College of Sports Medicine), people who think they're authorities (ahem … bloggers), and everyone in between are weighing in about what's hot, or what's going to be hot, in 2011. Of course that leaves facility owners wondering what to invest in. A barre for muscle ballet? Pilates equipment? Underwater treadmills? How do you know the sure thing isn't going to be gathering dust in a few years?