• Study: Sports Participation Makes for Better Employees

    by Rexford Sheild July 2014

    Playing sports has been associated with a long list of benefits related to physical, mental and social development among youths. Now, add career longevity to that list. Kevin Kniffin, a behavioral science professor at Cornell University, along with Brian Wansink and Mitsuru Shimizu, found that people who played youth and high school sports made better employees later in life and had more career opportunities.

  • 'Yoga Saved My Life': Hundreds Flock to Maine Yoga Fest

    by Kathleen Pierce BDN Staff July 2014

    Inhale. Exhale. All rise and join the conga line. A full moon rose over the East End Saturday night, and 150 yoga enthusiasts in dayglow war paint floated, jumped and lunged on their mats to a hip-pop beat. For 90 minutes the East End Community School gymnasium transformed into a rave fueled by spirit and lit up like a disco. It was the start of the signature event of Maine Yoga Fest -- black light yoga -- and spirits and glow sticks were high.

  • Six Strategies for Selling Club Memberships

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein July 2014

    Let's take it as a given that most consumers assume that the process of buying a health club membership will be sales-intensive. Our entire industry has been painted as having high-pressure, lock-people-in-a-cubicle-until-they-sign methods, and consumers enter most clubs with their guard up, waiting for the hard sell.

  • Opinion: 'Adventure Gym' Better Than High School P.E.

    by JENNA WALTERS, Arrowhead, Lake Country Reporter (Hartland, WI) July 2014

    Recently I took part in Arrowhead's Adventure Gym summer course and an adventure is exactly what it was. I, among many students, got the opportunity to participate and enjoy over $500 worth of summer activities for free and received a full gym credit at that. The class was led by three of Arrowhead's finest athletic instructors, Kari Sagal, Del Kaatz and Claudia Kelm.

  • Downtown YWCA Focus Shifts from Fitness to Homeless

    by Lori Kurtzman, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014

    It made him sick to his stomach, knowing that the pool was going to close. For years, he'd gone to the Downtown YWCA to swim laps. He found that swimming soothed his injured back, and now he was being told that the pool, the one with the big windows and all that indoor light, was going away.

  • Virtual Group Exercise Classes Benefit End-Users, Clubs

    by John Agoglia July 2014

    Today's world is "on demand." Didn't catch your favorite TV show? Just watch it on your laptop tomorrow — or wait until the end of the season and binge-watch the entire year. Heard about a great "Tonight Show" sketch? Just go to YouTube. Want to take a group exercise class that's not offered when you're free? Well, there is a growing answer to that, too, and it doesn't involve people moving furniture around their living rooms to make room to follow along with a DVD.

  • Study: Lack of Exercise, Not Over-Eating Behind Obesity

    by Rexford Sheild, Athletic Business Intern July 2014

    As our country's obesity problem has gained more attention in recent years, many have looked to identify the root of the problem. A recent 20-year study conducted by Stanford University revealed that obesity is not due primarily to over-eating but rather a decline in exercise, which leads to increases in average body mass index (BMI). Categories examined by lead author Uri Ladabaum and his colleagues include: obesity, waistline obesity, physical activity and calorie intake. 

    "Our findings do not support the popular notion that the increase of obesity in the United States can be attributed primarily to sustained increase over time in the average daily caloric intake of Americans," said Ladabaum, an associate professor of medicine at Stanford. "We found a significant association between the level of leisure-time physical activity, but not daily caloric intake, and the increases in BMI and waist circumference."

    In 1994, only 19.1 percent of women admitted to not having any physical activity in their lifestyle, but by 2010, 51.7 percent for women reported that they did not work out. Men only produced 11.4 percent of those who didn't work out in 1994, but saw an increase in 2010 to 43.5 percent. BMI has increased 0.37 percent per year for women and 0.27 percent for men. The researchers found this was the case for both normal-weight and overweight women, while only for overweight men.

    Racial groups hit hardest by lack of exercise are African-American and Mexican-American women, according to the study. 

  • 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.