RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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?

  • Blog: Beyond the Brick and Mortar Fitness Facility

    by James McPartland January 2011

    What does it take to look beyond the brick and mortar fitness facility - your primary source of business - and instead focus on the greater needs of the consumer? Who is positioned to truly contribute to creating healthy communities around the United States and possibly the world? Take a look at a new offering from Technogym called "The Key." While not the first company to develop a pedometer type of product, it may very well be the first to link the gym with other fitness activities that happen away from the gym.

  • One on One: Personal Trainer David Geslak Helps Autistic Children

    by Paul Steinbach January 2011

    David Geslak's personal training career has taken him from making stronger men of major college football players to changing the diapers of 16-year-old boys. He has no regrets about the career change.

  • Blog: Personal Training Is Not 'Just Renting Friends'

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein January 2011

    In announcing that Planet Fitness will no longer offer Personal Training, CEO Mike Grondahl said that people doing personal training are "just renting friends," and he indicated that personal training - and the selling of it - disrupted Planet Fitness's "judgment-free zone." It also seems that PF will use its lack of personal training availability as a marketing point - "We'll never try to sell you anything you don't want!"

  • How to Respond to Complaining Customers

    by Rob Bishop December 2010

    Sometimes you just have to tell your complaining customers to find another club.

  • Corporate Fitness Programs Add Value, Even if Difficult to Track

    by Paul Steinbach October 2010

    Corporate fitness professionals believe in the value of their programs, even if returns are difficult to track.

  • Trainer Shouldn't Have Told Client to 'Push Through' Pain

    by John T. Wolohan October 2010

    After an apparent workout injury, telling a client to "push through it" is not a trainer's wisest course of action.

  • Establishing Rules for the Wireless Generation of Employees

    by Rob Bishop September 2010

    Owners walk a tightrope when establishing rules for the wireless generation of employees.

  • Bad News Launches Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

    by Michael Popke September 2010

    As the first-ever National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month kicks off today, scientists say the problem may be even more widespread than previously thought. Researchers have found that parents tend to under-report their children's weight - so much so that estimates of obesity and body mass index based on parent-supplied data may miss one in five obese children.

  • Club Owner: 'It's Better to Work Out and Drink … '

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    While some health clubs still insist on serving less-than-healthy snacks, select locations of the high-end David Barton Gym host cocktail parties. According to New York Times blogger Kayleen Schaefer, the post-group exercise events are sponsored by the Swedish vodka brand Svedka and tie in with that brand's "RU Bot Or Not?" ad campaign that features a sexy female robot.