RECENT ARTICLES
  • How Interactive Competitions are Driving Fitness Participation

    by Stuart Goldman September 2015

    Stanford University raised a banner this year in recognition of another Pac-12 Conference championship.

  • Fitness Bridge Helps Market Rec Center’s Offerings

    by Paul Steinbach August 2015

    Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ont., sought to connect the David Braley Athletic and Recreation Centre to an existing student association building next door, but needed to preserve vehicular circulation between the two structures.

  • How to Recognize the Positives of Health Club Ownership

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein July 2015

    We're often accused of being negative on these pages. Our response is that we're not negative at all. We're realistic. Rob would liken our opinion about owning and operating an independent health club to his opinion of marriage. To anyone who has never been married before, Rob will try to tell them, "Marriage is not what you think it is. Maybe for better or worse. Maybe for good or bad."

  • Study: New P.E. Curriculum Improves Students' Fitness

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A study by researchers at UCLA found that a physical education program that places fitness equipment in underserved schools and implements a curriculum based on boosting confidence and making fitness participation more enjoyable dramatically increases students’ performance on California’s standardized physical fitness test.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Blog: The Buzz from IHRSA 2015

    by Stuart Goldman March 2015

    There was a lot of buzz in the room during Bill McBride’s session last Wednesday at the IHRSA show in Los Angeles.

    True, attendees were interested in what McBride had to say about “Progressive Opportunities in the Health and Fitness Industry.” But what literally created the buzz was the noise from the headsets worn by international attendees. A row of glassed-in interpreters sat in the back of the room to deliver McBride’s session in Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Russian.

  • How to Borrow the Best Ideas from Fitness Trends

    by Rob Bishop December 2014

    It's becoming difficult to track all of the trends that are impacting the fitness industry. Maybe that's good, because trying to do so can be depressing. It seems that every trend is a shot to the heart of all-inclusive health clubs.