• 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 & Barry Klein 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.

  • What to Consider When Adding Outdoor Fitness to a Park

    by Emily Attwood October 2014

    Working out at a health club isn't for everyone.

  • AB Survey Results: Class Variety, Management Software Drive Fitness Programming

    by AB editors October 2014

    In August, Athletic Business surveyed fitness facility managers in all sectors of the industry regarding the management of their class offerings.

  • Youths Can Reap the Benefits of Strength Training

    by Paul Steinbach October 2014

    Olive Stevens deadlifted more than twice her bodyweight at the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, this past July. It was one of four national and world records set by Stevens in the squat, bench and deadlift, as well as the combined total of all three lifts.

  • Fitness Event Ruins FIU's Basketball Court

    by Michael Gaio September 2014

    The headline alone is cringe-worthy. The pictures are even worse.