• How Gyms Can Use Virtual Reality to Motivate Members

    by Andy Berg April 2018

    Club members don't renew their memberships when they falter on the initial momentum of a new year's resolution. As daily workouts slowly lose their luster, the gym itself begins to feel like a torture chamber. An owner can ensure the equipment is state-of-the-art, the gym is well kept, the staff is polite, and there are always plenty of clean towels, but when it comes to ensuring that her customers are motivated to return, retention efforts have their limits.

  • The Edge Fitness Club Puts 'Gym Selfie Room' on Hold

    by Courtney Cameron April 2018

    On the first of the month, The Edge Fitness Club announced an addition to its traditional workout space: a first-of-its-kind gym selfie room at the club’s Fairfield, Conn., location.

  • Car Crashes Into Anytime Fitness Location

    by Christopher Hacker April 2018

    A Lake in the Hills, Ill., Anytime Fitness is operating on reduced hours after a man drove his car through the front of the gym Saturday, the Northwest Herald reported. At about 7:30 a.m., a 51-year-old man accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake while parking his car and crashed into the entrance of Anytime Fitness at 9521 Ackman Road, the report said. A photo posted on the gym's Facebook page showed that some of its front windows were shattered and its front door mangled, but no one was injured in the crash, according to the report. The gym, which usually allows members to enter 24 hours through a security system, was forced to limit its hours after the system was destroyed in the crash, according to a post on the gym's Facebook page. The gym will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday until the damage is fixed, the post said.

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  • Commission Approves Revised Life Time Fitness Plan

    by Doug Graham March 2018

    The Lake Zurich planning and zoning commission voted late Wednesday to recommend the revised plan for a new Life Time Fitness center to the board of trustees, who will ultimately decide whether the long-discussed development will be built at the old Hackney's site.

  • Opinion: Richmond Needs New Plan for Practice Facility

    by Michael Williams March 2018

    As the Washington Redskins prepare to enter their sixth summer in Richmond, the city of Richmond's Economic Development Authority is facing a July 1 deadline to extend the training camp arrangement beyond the initial eight-year term.

  • Ex-Olympian Wants Name Off Wall of Past Coach's Gym

    by Paul Steinbach March 2018

    Former Stanford University All-American volleyball player and 1996 Olympian Nancy Reno released an open letter Friday demanding that a coach from her past remove her name from a banner in that individual's training facility in Aurora, Ill.

    Reno's letter states that the fact she played on teams coached by Rick Butler in the 1980s "does not give you the right to display my name, without permission, in your facility. Your deplorable acts against my teammates at that time are beyond reprehensible."

    As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, Butler was hit last month by a federal class-action lawsuit filed by a woman who claims her daughter was sexually abused by Butler as a teenager. The lawsuit details the similar experiences of six women who are not a party to the suit. Butler was banned by USA Volleyball in 1995 after Sarah Powers-Barnhard, Julie Romias and Christine Tuzi accused him of sexually abusing them as their coach in the 1980s. All three women were minors at the time. Since the Sun-Times' reporting of those accusations last fall, USA Volleyball banned Butler for life. Moreover, the Amateur Athletic Union "permanently disqualified" Butler and he was "indefinitely suspended" by the Junior Volleyball Association.

    Butler has admitted to having sex with Powers-Bernhard, Romias and Tuzi, but claims it was while they were of legal age and not on his team. He maintains that he has "never sexually abused any individual" and has never been changed with a crime.

    “Your financial gains made in the name of growing the great sport of volleyball and developing youth talent were actually rooted in the tears and pain of vulnerable children," Reno wrote. "These were my teammates Rick, and I stand behind them."

    Reno, who placed fifth in beach volleyball at the Atlanta Olympics, is threatening legal action over the banner bearing her name inside Butler's Sports Performance Volleyball facility. "I have worked hard in my life to maintain integrity, honor, and truth in the sometimes ruthless and unforgiving arenas of professional and Olympic sports," she wrote. "To see a large banner with my name on it in your place of business, implying some sort of endorsement of your program is exploitative, misleading, inaccurate (I did not receive a bronze medal in that Olympics), and probably illegal. Please remove my name from your place of business."

  • Fitness Experiences Thrive in Malls

    by Marie Wilson March 2018

    Roaming around Stratford Square Mall in the early 2000s with his friends, Ryan LeBreux of Bloomingdale thought it would be cool to work there — to hit up the food court on his break or preside over the scene as a worker, not just a kid. Now he does.

  • Minneapolis Cuts Ribbon on $30M YMCA

    by Shannon Prather March 2018

    Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey led a cheer and helped cut the ribbon Tuesday on the latest $30 million investment on Nicollet Mall: the Douglas Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae Common.

  • Fitness Trailers Keep Traveling Pros in Playing Shape

    by PJ Brown March 2018

    The Massage Envy Player Performance Center — two huge trailers containing treadmills, weights, foam rollers, balls, and tables for stretching, heat, and electric stimulation treatments — are part of a mobile fitness and therapy center set up at the Cologuard Classic at the Omni Tucson National Resort.