Programming: Health & Fitness
Blog: Election-Themed Events Could Really Be the Ticket
by Mary Helen Sprecher October 2012
Since I've already heard the "Monster Mash" and "Thriller" about a hundred times, it must mean it's almost Halloween. And that means the fitness tie-ins and promotions are in full swing. You can get chased around by zombies in an obstacle race, play tennis in a costume or participate in my favorite event of the moment, based on the title alone: Zombie Zumba. Plus, I'm sure, a whole lot more.
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.