• Strava Responds to Controversy with Opt-Out Redesign

    by Courtney Cameron March 2018

    Earlier this year, it was discovered that data gathered and shared by popular fitness apps had the potential to reveal sensitive information regarding the movements of soldiers and the locations of U.S. military bases after the GPS tracking company Strava published a global heat map in November 2017 showing patterns of activity gathered by satellite over a two-year period.

  • New Product Roundup: Fitness Equipment | Lifeguard Chair | Laundry

    by AB Staff March 2018

    Check out the newest products as seen in the April 2018 issue.

    Matrix Fitness
    Exclusive from Matrix, the S-Force Performance Trainer leverages cutting-edge sports science to help athletes of all kinds build speed and power in the drive phase of the sprint. As athletes move through a user-defined path that fits their individual stride, the magnetic system automatically increases resistance the harder they work. This progressively improves the fast-muscle fibers essential to explosive starts, challenging even elite athletes to elevate their drive-phase sprinting to new levels.
    (866) 693-4863



    Sports Laundry Systems
    Sports Laundry Systems® recently added an 80-pound capacity, soft-mount model to its line of high-performance washers. Engineered to boost athletic laundry productivity and cut natural gas, water and electricity usage, Sports Laundry Systems combines high-performance washers with disinfecting ozone injection and energy-efficient dryers. Unlike hard-mount washers, Sports Laundry Systems' soft-mount machines slide easily into place without the need for reinforced-concrete foundations, grout and bolt down — allowing for future relocation and lower installation costs. The washers are engineered for durability and years of continued use, and are backed by an industry-leading factory warranty.
    (920) 230-8550

    Spectrum Aquatics
    Spectrum Aquatics is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Mendota Lifeguard Chair family: the 30-inch Mendota Lifeguard Chair. Constructed from recycled UV-inhibited plastic and with a seat height of 30 inches, this chair has been designed with lifeguard comfort and swimmer safety in mind. Most commonly specified for community, hospitality and resort swimming pools, they are strong, durable and low-maintenance. All Mendota guard chairs offer an optional, water-filled ballast tank for extra stability.
    (800) 791-8056




    Technogym is proud to announce the launch of the first treadmill to combine cardio and power-training in a single solution. Due to unique patent-pending MULTIDRIVE TECHNOLOGY™, the new SKILLRUN™ offers both cardio training and resistance workouts to enhance overall power and fitness. The interactive UNITY console allows users to access a completely customizable workout experience, which engages and motivates them through digital content, personalized training programs and data tracking. SKILLRUN™ offers a wide range of innovative workouts, including high-intensity interval training, speed-resistance training and neuromuscular training, as well as immersive and entertaining content to motivate the user.
    (800) 804-0952

    Fitness Flooring
    New from Fitness Flooring, Corkboards are designed to stand up to the realities of the fitness center — such as water spills and excessive humidity — which a traditional wood floor could not tolerate. Corkboards provide an attractive wood-look floor in a number of species and stains that provide excellent sound and thermal insulation. The vinyl surface is bonded to a cork layer, providing exceptional shock-absorption and comfort. Corkboards can be installed completely free-floating to facilitate relocation.
    (800) 428-5306

    Private Label Fitness
    Onboard 101 is a cloud-based, interactive health-education system available to health professionals under private label. This system helps clients understand basic human physiology as it relates to fitness, weight management and overall health. With 12 chapters, 35 videos and corresponding automated quizzes, Onboard 101 is designed to educate and empower clients. It can operate automatically through self-guided learning or as an adjunct to existing programs. It also serves as a hands-free online revenue generator.
    (714) 404-1800

    This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Athletic Business with the title "New & Improved." Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.


  • Fitness Trackers Find Way to PE Classes

    by Sara Gregory February 2018

    The gym shorts are on and sneakers are laced. As they dribble out of the locker rooms into the gym at Hidden Valley High School, the sophomores in coach Kevin Burcham's second block gym class just need one more piece of equipment: their Polar heart rate monitor wristbands.

  • Advanced Analytics Coming to Women's Basketball

    by Lindsay Schnell February 2018

    As a Ph.D. student at Stanford from 1993-2000, Aaron Barzilai started to tinker with statistics, years before analytics became part of the general sports lexicon.

  • Fitbit to Acquire Health Software Company

    by Jordan Graham February 2018

    Silicon Valley fitness tracking company Fitbit Inc. will acquire a Cambridge-based health coaching software company as it looks to build out a new service for employers and insurers, the two companies announced yesterday.

  • Military Reviewing Fitness Tracker Rules After Exposure

    by Liz Sly, Dan Lamothe and Craig Timberg January 2018

    The U.S. military said Monday that it is reviewing its guidelines for the use of wireless devices at military facilities after revelations that popular fitness apps can be used to expose the locations and identities of individuals working in sensitive areas.

  • Data from Wearables Reveals Sensitive Military Info

    by Liz Sly January 2018

    An interactive map posted on the internet that shows the whereabouts of people who use Fitbit and similar devices also reveals highly sensitive information about the location and activities of soldiers at U.S. military bases, in what appears to be a major security oversight.

  • U.S. Olympic Skiers Prep with Virtual Reality

    by Rick Maese January 2018

    There are mountains in the Alps, from Austria to France, that veteran alpine racers have skied dozens of times over the years, so often they know every curve and can anticipate every bump.

  • New Product Roundup: Core Roller | Aquatic Treadmill | Pool Heater

    by AB Staff January 2018

    Check out the newest products as seen in the January|February 2018 issue.

  • Important Features to Look for in Campus Rec Software

    by Andy Berg January 2018

    Southern Oregon University in Ashland is building an impressive rec center for an institution with a modest enrollment of little more than 6,000 students. Scheduled for a March 2018 grand opening, the Lithia Motors Pavilion and Student Recreation Center is comprised of two buildings that total 100,000 square feet, featuring a 1,400-seat competition gym, a two-court recreation gym with a two-lane suspended running track, multiple group exercise rooms, a weight room and a climbing wall.