RECENT ARTICLES
  • American Health Clubs Contemplate a Move Toward European-Style Design

    by Andrew Cohen October 2012

    There are all sorts of exercisers, all sorts of health clubs and all sorts of countries. So forgive the many generalizations that follow.

  • Outdoor Gyms Catching On in U.S. Parks

    by Emily Attwood October 2012

    Adult playgrounds have been popular in areas of Asia and Europe for some time, but these outdoor attractions have been slow to catch on in the United States. The Trust for Public Land brought its first Fitness Zone®, a collection of outdoor strength, cardio and balance equipment, to Los Angeles five years ago, and many California communities have also embraced the trend.

  • Rob & Barry: We Couldn't Care More About Our Members

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein September 2012

    Imagine that you've just tested your pool water and found it to be - the actual numbers are irrelevant to the story - just fine. A member approaches you 10 minutes later, still in her bathing suit, dripping water on your shoes, and says, "The pH in the pool is high." You say, "I just checked it and it seemed fine, but I'm happy to look into it," even though you'd rather say, "Really? You must be a human chemical testing kit, because the water is actually perfect!" At that moment, would you rather be in the fitness business, or on a beach someplace?

  • Military Veterans Find Success in Fitness Industry

    by Emily Attwood July 2012

    The boot camp workout trend is still going strong in the fitness industry, once again making the American Council on Exercise's list of fitness trends to watch in 2012. Also on the list is suspension training, the invention of a Navy SEAL in the '90s.

  • Capitalizing on the 'Strongman' Training Trend

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein April 2012

    Many years ago, before age and injury took their toll, one of our favorite pastimes was strongman training. Actually, it was one of Rob's favorite pastimes.

  • Why Health Club Members Are Not Always Right

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein February 2012

    The customer is always right." How many times have you said this to your staff - or when you were the customer, felt this yourself?

  • Health Club Owners New Believers in Prepackaged Group Fitness Programs

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein July 2011

    Group fitness is vital to our business. We know that members who take classes come in more often, keep their memberships longer and bring us more referrals than those who don't.

  • Blog: Zumba's Great - Just Not for Us

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein April 2011

    We're going to come right out and say it, and then go hide behind something sturdy in anticipation of the response.

  • Overly Aggressive Workouts Put Athletes at Risk of Rhabdomyolysis

    by Paul Steinbach March 2011

    A University of Iowa investigation into the January hospitalization of 13 football players has determined that an intense exercise regimen on the heels of a three-week layoff from supervised workouts was the cause of the players' rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal breakdown of muscle fibers into the bloodstream, where excess proteins can clog the kidneys and cause renal failure.

  • One on One: Personal Trainer David Geslak Helps Autistic Children

    by Paul Steinbach January 2011

    David Geslak's personal training career has taken him from making stronger men of major college football players to changing the diapers of 16-year-old boys. He has no regrets about the career change.