• Vacant Retail Spaces Backfilled by Fitness Occupants

    by Steve Sinovic October 2018

    Landlords who once leased space to Big Box mainstays like Toys "R" Us or now-defunct stores such as Hastings Entertainment are turning to tenants like gyms and fitness centers to fill retail vacancies. They're opening at an impressive clip in both large-format and small-format retail spaces across the Albuquerque area. And, market observers say, it's part of a national, health-driven trend that commercial property owners are embracing as former retail staples such as J.C. Penney, Macy's and Toys R Us shutter locations or deal with a declining customer base at their brick-and-mortar stores. The old Toys "R" Us store at Winrock Town Center, 7400 Indian School NE, is a prime example of this reality. It will soon be the home of new-to-market Chuze Fitness - a stark departure from its glory days as one of Winrock's most successful retailers. With extensive tenant improvements now underway at the former toy store - a 42,000-square-foot facility - San Diego-based Chuze Fitness should do well there, said Anthony Johnson, president of Pegasus Retail, whose commercial brokerage firm represented Winrock owner Goodman Realty Group in the transaction. "It leased within two weeks of being available."

  • Create a Facility Personal Trainers Will Love

    by AB Staff September 2018

    What makes a good group fitness workspace? Which qualities not only advance the work being done, but also make staff happy to be there? These are questions I asked myself while helping design the University of Colorado Denver's new 85,000-square-foot wellness center in the heart of the Mile High City. As a fitness professional and personal trainer, I believe that the human connection is the most important aspect of client success and member retention.

  • Customer Service Challenges Take Many Forms

    by Rob Bishop September 2018

    A few months ago, a video of an irate member destroying the front desk area of a Planet Fitness location went viral. When I saw the video, I just laughed — because it wasn't my club she was trying to dismantle. But what really caught my eye was the staff members who were also visible in the video. They just stood there calmly and watched. What else could they do besides call the police?

  • Ex-MLBer Opens Sports Training Facility

    by Reggie Hayes September 2018

    Jarrod Parker, a former Major League Baseball pitcher out of Norwell High School, opened Parker Sports Performance, a 7,000-square foot training facility in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday.

  • The Camp Fitness Chain's Growth Suprises Even Owners

    by Kevin Smith September 2018

    For many businesses, the expansion process is slow and can take years to complete. Not so with The Camp Transformation Center.

  • Elizabethtown College Nets $1M Grant for Fitness Center

    by Alex Geli September 2018

    Elizabethtown College on Tuesday was awarded a $1 million grant as part of a state initiative that funds projects with the potential for significant local impact.

  • Indoor Climbing Walls Help Athletes Prep for Outdoors

    by Matt Sartwell September 2018

    Concord, N.H.-based EVO Rock and Fitness encompasses 16,000 square feet and up to 45-foot walls hosting dozens of routes and varying degrees of difficulty.

  • New Product Roundup: Acoustic Products | Pool Paint | Fitness Equipment

    by Courtney Cameron September 2018

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

  • Owner of Unregistered Gym Strikes Plea Deal

    by The Union Leader September 2018

    The owner of a Newton gym has pleaded guilty to operating the unregistered business in violation of a court order in a deal that saw his potential fine cut from as much as $47,000 to $4,000.As part of a negotiated plea deal with state prosecutors, Thomas Lavigne was given a one-year suspended jail sentence at a hearing Thursday in Rockingham County Superior Court.Judge N. William Delker made it clear that Lavigne must properly register his gym with the state if he plans to reopen.Lavigne pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating an injunction by continuing to operate CrossFit Affirmation after a judge had ordered it closed until registered.Lavigne declined to comment on his future plans for the gym when asked following the hearing, but Associate Attorney General James Boffetti said Lavigne has indicated he wants to get the gym registered with the Attorney General's office and open legally."He has expressed a desire to resolve his issues," Boffetti said.Lavigne also faced $47,000 in fines and penalties related to violations of the Consumer Protection Act.He has asked the court to reduce the amount to $4,000. Boffetti said the state was agreeable to the lower amount.Boffetti said Lavigne will also be required to take out a $40,000 bond to protect prepayments by gym members and provide other protections.Under state law, all health clubs and martial arts schools are required to register with the Attorney General's office.The Attorney General's office launched its investigation in April after receiving a call from someone asking if the gym at 4A Puzzle Lane, Unit 3, was registered.Boffetti said that at one point the gym advertised lifetime/platinum memberships of between $5,000 and $7,500 each.

  • More Women Taking Up Heavy Lifting, Functional Fitness

    by Rachel Sun September 2018

    At 69 years old, Paula Nordgaarden had never lifted weights until six years ago, when a women's-only gym moved in across the street six years ago. "I had just done some little dumbbell things in my 50s, but nothing with the bars," she said. "I had never cleaned or jerked." The Farmgirlfit gym, located in eastern downtown Spokane, draws women of all ages, and caters particularly toward moms, offering free child care during the hourlong workouts. In the front of the building, about a dozen children ran around a closed-off play area, or watched their moms work out in the room over.