• Rethinking PE Class

    by Emily Attwood August 2014

    Not every kid likes to play sports. For the athletically disinclined, a game of gym class dodgeball or basketball can be an anxiety-inducing experience. In fact, a recent study by researchers at Brigham Young University found that kids who were ridiculed in gym class (by peers and teachers) were less likely to engage in physical activity one year later — not good news for a nation facing an obesity and sedentary-lifestyle epidemic.

  • Take Our Fitness Offerings Survey, Enter to Win ABC Reg

    by AB Editors August 2014

    Ever wonder how your facility’s fitness programs and classes stack up against others in the industry? Here’s your chance to find out. Athletic Business is conducting an industry-wide survey to learn more about fitness facility classes and programs. Please take a few minutes to answer the following survey questions, and look for a compilation of industry-wide results in our October issue. 

  • Climbing Gyms Proliferate as the Sport Takes Hold

    by Emily Attwood August 2014

    Call it a sport. Call it a recreational activity. Call it a great workout. Just don't call it a fad. Participation in rock climbing has been steadily increasing for years, and climbing walls — already commonplace in campus and municipal recreation centers — are popping up in high schools and elementary schools, parks and health clubs, even stadiums.

  • Health Club Offers Free Summer Memberships to Teachers

    by Scott Kirk Special to the Reporter-News August 2014

    As if they don’t get to see enough of each other during the academic year, a group of teachers from Austin Elementary School have been hanging out at Hendrick Health Club over the summer.

  • Lessons from Our Club’s Response to an Onsite Fatality

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein August 2014

    Please read this column.

  • ACA Corporate Wellness Rules Spark Participation Debate

    by Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY August 2014

    As companies rapidly embrace employee wellness programs, some employers say regulators are stymieing their efforts to help workers improve their health.

  • High School Triathlon Organization Spurs Prep Teams

    by Chicago Sun-Times August 2014

    The day someone took the recreational activity of two people throwing a Frisbee-brand saucer back and forth while standing in the middle of a cul-de-sac at the end of their street and turned it into the sport of disc golf ... that was the day all bets were off on what recreational activity would be elevated next to the level of competitive sport.

  • Curves Health Club on the Outside, Gambling Ring Inside

    by Jonathan Lai; Inquirer Staff Writer August 2014

    Behind the purple sign for the Curves health club was an illegal gambling ring known as the Runnemede Social Club, where people for years played poker all night and watched sports on a wide-screen TV, according to a series of recent guilty pleas.

  • Are Baby Boomers Exercising for the Right Reasons?

    by Andrew Brandt August 2014

    Baby boomers were the first American generation to wholly embrace regular exercise, and as reported in a recently published study in the International Journal of Wellbeing, they're still at it today.

  • Fitness Trainer: Change Priorities from Looks to Health

    by Jackie Salo, The Miami Herald August 2014

    The fitness world always has had a fixation with physical appearance, but social media has propelled this into stratospheric levels of vanity. Fitness gurus are posting countless photos of themselves online, with their accomplishments chronicled by selfies rather than definable health goals. One South Florida trainer, however, is trying to buck this trend. Idalis Velazquez, 30, wants her clients to focus on their health rather than their looks.