• Amid Privacy Concerns, Wearable Tech Grows in Health

    by Harold Brubaker January 2017

    Apple watches, Fitbits, and other wearable technology — such as the smart onesie for babies at risk for sleep apnea being developed at Drexel University — present a tantalizing prospect in health care. Health-care professionals see such internet-connected devices as a way to keep tabs on whether patients are following treatment plans, to track vital signs between office visits, and to perform ongoing diagnostic tests on diabetics or others with chronic illnesses. "The ability to develop these wearables introduces a lot more potential for treatment that's a lot closer to the patient and outside of a formal hospital setting," said Kapil R. Dandekar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Drexel Wireless Systems Laboratory. The laboratory is developing a onesie that alerts parents through their smartphone if their baby stops breathing.

  • Is Hollywood Feeling a Big Gym Burnout?

    by Kathryn Romeyn January 2017

    While producer Gavin Polone says preferring access to many apparatuses means belonging to a big gym, the overwhelming movement in Hollywood is toward such boutique concepts as Orangetheory and SoulCycle.

  • Meningitis Death Raises Concern of SoulCycle Studio

    by Sophia Rosenbaum January 2017

    A healthy 48-year-old California father died unexpectedly after contracting bacterial meningitis - and now his death is sparking an outbreak scare in his SoulCycle community.

  • Health Club to Take Over Former Department Store Site

    by Jacob Adelman January 2017

    At the Macy's building in Ardmore's Suburban Square, the push-ups won't be in the lingerie section anymore. Shuttered by the troubled department-store chain early last year, the late 1920s building is being retrofitted into what will be one of the first Pennsylvania locations for the expanding upscale health-club operator Life Time Fitness Inc. The change comes as the venerable shopping center is refashioned to serve residents of the increasingly more densely populated Philadelphia suburb that surrounds it, within a retail environment that sees department stores struggling.

  • Exercisers Embrace Barre Boutique Workouts

    by Nedra Rhone January 2017

    Almost 20 percent of Americans have a fitness membership, but instead of heading to big health clubs to get our sweat on, we are increasingly going to boutique fitness studios.

  • Medical Fitness Organization Yields Results

    by Karen Dix January 2017

    Optimal Health Medical Fitness's integrated approach to health and fitness has not only helped people lose hundreds of pounds and regain a healthy lifestyle, but also avoid surgery and even reduce their medications.

  • Fitness Innovator Featured on '60 Minutes Sports'

    by Jason Scott January 2017

    In addition to being known for its innovative fitness technology, Technogym has also made an impact in the fitness world with programs like its Let's Move for a Better World campaign. But that all started with a man who wanted to be a fashion designer. 

    Nerio Alessandri, Technogym’s founder and CEO, was recently profiled in a story on 60 Minutes Sports. The 13-minute segment, titled ‘Ferrari of Fitness,’ detailed Alessandri’s vision of wellness, how his company rose to prominence in the field, and his ambitions for a healthier future worldwide.

  • Exercise Bike Lets Tots Use Tablets, Burn Calories

    by Danika Fears January 2017

    Toy maker Fisher-Price is making a high-tech exercise bike for toddlers, which works directly with gaming apps on little kids' tablets, the company announced on Wednesday.

  • Are Body Scanners the Latest Trend in Health Clubs?

    by Jason Scott January 2017

    As we roll into 2017, gyms and health clubs around the country are preparing for an influx of people seeking to drop a few pounds as part of their New Year’s Resolution.

  • Personal Trainers Juggle Clients and Time Restrictions

    by John Hanc January 2017

    For busy trainers like Robin Pemberton, an independent contractor who sees clients in their homes as well as at a local gym, D-Fine Fitness in Albertson, "time" is the operative word. "You have to work according to people's schedules," says Pemberton, 55. "But that's what personal training is. It's geared to servicing your clients."