• Jedi Training: Star Wars Workouts Hit Gyms, Studios

    by Courtney Perkes, The Orange County Register July 2015

    Shawn Crosby grew a beard to look more like Obi-Wan Kenobi, and once a week, he swings a lightsaber like the Jedi master brandishes in "Star Wars." His battle, Wednesday nights at an Anaheim park, may not be as cosmic as Obi-Wan's with Darth Vader, but Crosby's heart rate spikes nonetheless.

  • Small Studios Fastest Growing Part of Fitness Industry

    by Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press June 2015

    Slim one-room gyms are in, and the low cost of starting them has turned gym rats and workout instructors into entrepreneurs. No need for Olympic-size pools, rows of treadmills or steam rooms in these small studios.

  • Central Florida Rec Center Clarifies Shirt Policy

    by Stuart Goldman June 2015

    The University of Central Florida Recreation and Wellness Center (RWC) addressed its shirt policy after some male students were wearing “Y-back” tank tops in the center.

  • Nonprofit's Medically Based Fitness Centers Enjoy Steady Growth

    by Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business June 2015

    The Chelsea-Area Wellness Foundation has grown the past six years from a single wellness center to four.

  • After Legal Challenges, Y Resumes Ice Complex Conversion

    by Matthew Santoni June 2015

    The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh will restart its work to convert half the Bladerunners ice-skating complex in Bethel Park into a YMCA for the South Hills.

  • Paddleboard Interest, Competitions Growing Exponentially

    by Walker Orenstein, Dayton Daily News June 2015

    Stand-up paddleboard racer Spencer Slaven-Lazzar heads out for a paddle workout on Lake Washington. For him and many other racers, an original interest in surfing sparked them to take up paddleboarding.

  • Does Workday Fitness Injury Deserve Workers' Comp?

    by Timothy Klingler June 2015

    In a recent Indiana case, a manufacturer implemented a stretching program for its employees to address an increase in muscular strains.

  • The AB Extra: May 22

    by Cooper Brown May 2015

    This week's AB Extra features a new interactive technology that is looking to transform the treadmill experience into art, a touching show of patriotism by fans at a collegiate softball game, and a high school golf team that that came to the rescue in an apartment inferno.

  • Specialized Gym Owner Spreads Exercise-Is-Medicine Mindset

    by Paul Steinbach May 2015

    Leave it to a Ph.D. in neuroscience to think big. In February 2012, Becky Farley opened what she says is still the world's only community center dedicated to physically training people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Last July, Parkinson Wellness Recovery — or PWR!Gym, as its known in its hometown Tucson, Ariz., and beyond — doubled in size to 6,000 square feet. But those expanded walls have done little to limit the imagination of Farley, who sees her exercise-is-medicine mindset spreading into North American communities' YMCAs and Jewish Community Centers — anywhere with space and trainers willing to challenge patients to strive for, in her words, "bigger, faster movement." Senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Farley, who says she has a waiting list of people seeking license to open their own PWR!Gyms, to share her grand vision. 

  • Product Spotlight: Star Trac BoxMaster (Sponsored)

    by AB Staff March 2015

    Star Trac's education market manager John Brey explains why the BoxMaster® is the new form of boxing style conditioning that will wow clients in any facility. Shot at the University of Missouri's Student Recreation Complex, this video shows how the BoxMaster® is being utilized to engage people of all ages and abilities in group exercise classes.