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  • Technogym's Alessandri Discusses Big Plans

    by Michael Gaio June 2013

    Technogym founder and president Nerio Alessandri has big plans for his company. He was recently featured on Bloomberg TV's "Money Moves" segment, where he sat down with Deirdre Bolton to discuss the future of Technogym.

  • Prep, College Baseball Players Help Save Two Lives

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013

    Two baseball teams - one from a high school in Northern California and the other from a Division II university in Pennsylvania - underwent life-changing experiences this week that had nothing to do with their performances on the field.

  • Fitness Franchise Owner to Appear on 'Undercover Boss'

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    The Emmy-award-winning reality television series Undercover Boss - which allows upper-level managers to perform job duties on the front lines to explore how their companies really operate and where improvements can be made - has included senior execs from Hooters, Roto-Rooter, NASCAR, Boston Market and Yankee Candle.

  • Blog: After a Sad Week, Count Your Blessings

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein April 2013

    "This is just like New Orleans."

    In the wake of the tragedy in Boston this week, we were reminded of that quote from 2005. It came from one of our health club members and is seared into our brains. And it reminds us never to become the kind of people who would say that. Such a statement colors our opinion of customer service and how we respond to difficult situations.

  • Hope (for Humanity) Springs Eternal at Spring Games

    by Paul Steinbach April 2013

    There's a lot of humanity at college football spring games in 2013. The University of Kentucky drew 50,831 to its game last Saturday. That's 30,506 more fans than had ever seen the Wildcats scrimmage before, and that places Kentucky second in the current spring game attendance rankings. But not for long. Alabama, which tees it up tomorrow, has averaged 86,089 fans per spring game during the six-year Nick Saban era.

  • Rutgers AD Out; Faculty Call for President's Resignation

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor April 2013

    Two days after Rutgers University men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for shoving, grabbing and hurling balls and anti-gay slurs at players, athletic director Tim Pernetti has resigned, according to Associated Press reports.

  • Augie Nieto Presses for ALS Cure with Best BASH Yet

    by Paul Steinbach March 2013

    "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada." A replica of the famous sign that greets visitors to America's playground greeted attendees of the eighth annual BASH for Augie's Quest, held Thursday night at Mandalay Bay in conjunction with the 2013 International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association convention and trade show. Showgirls and an Elvis impersonator welcomed fitness pioneer, author and philanthropist Augie Nieto and guests, as well.

  • Fitness Industry Leader Charles M. Leighton Dies

    by Emily Attwood March 2013

    Charles M. Leighton, the founder of the company responsible for making NordicTrack one of the most iconic and revolutionary lines of exercise equipment, has passed away. The NordicTrack line started with a single piece of at-home exercise equipment, a cross-country ski simulator, in 1975. Leighton's company, CML Group, acquired the equipment brand in the late 1980s and expanded the NordicTrack line to include treadmills, leg machines, cross-trainers, elliptical-style machines and more.

  • Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus

    by Paul Steinbach December 2012

    The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.

  • Study: Kids Need 7 Minutes of Vigorous Activity a Day

    by Emily Attwood November 2012

    Forget the one-hour-a-day recommendation. A study by University of Alberta medical researchers suggests that seven minutes of exercise is the key to keeping kids healthy, as long as it's the right kind of exercise.