• 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.

  • Fitness Enthusiasts Disappointed as 'Yoga Tax' Approved

    by Andrea Noble, THE WASHINGTON TIMES June 2014

    D.C. lawmakers gave final approval on Tuesday to the city's $10.6 billion spending plan, which includes a package of broad cuts to income and business taxes but expands sales taxes to some new services such as health clubs.

  • Program at YMCA Eases Cancer Patients Back into Health

    by Rosa Salter Rodriguez The Journal Gazette June 2014

    Julia Newman remembers sitting in her doctor's office in 2013 and hearing that she was cancer free. She had just undergone four months of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. "The doctor said, `You're well,' and I thought, `I don't feel well.' It was like, after all that comes with cancer, now what do I do?" the 50-year-old says. "I wanted to be getting back to feeling better." Now, Newman says, she's doing great, after completing 12 weeks of classes in the Livestrong program at Jorgensen Family YMCA.

  • Tuesday Takedown: Witnessing a Health Club's Rebirth

    by Dennis Van Milligen June 2014

    It is safe to say that necessity is the mother of reinvention these days in the health club industry. The rise of in-home fitness options and low-priced health clubs are certainly factors in fitness chains reinventing themselves and how they attract/retain members, but for the Midtown Athletic Club, neither played a role in its $1 million renovation this year. Rather, it was an industry trend driving its new approach and layout.

  • Overcoming Gym Membership Retention Challenges

    by Dennis Van Milligen May 2014

    The rise of lower-priced clubs have put greater pressure on gym owners to create an environment that keeps members happy while also empowering them to feel confident that their gym membership investment is well worth it. Ultimately, though, they may lose those members to lower-priced alternatives, writing off the member loss as simply a financial decision. The reality is that the warning signs were there; they just failed to see what was right in front of them.