• Fitness Centers Benefit from Sport-Specific Training Programs

    by Anne B. McDonnell November 2008

    With the growing interest among members to participate in sporting events, such as races and tournaments, fitness centers can benefit from offering sport-specific training programs.

  • Changing Underage

    by Heather Peavey, Associate Editor October 2008

    Ensuring the privacy and comfort of your members in your locker rooms is essential for your retention efforts. The challenge is to accommodate minors, their parents and other members, while also taking into account available space and budget constraints.

  • Skyrocketing Costs of Raw Materials and Fuel Affecting Price of Exercise Equipment

    by Andrew Cohen September 2008

    Skyrocketing costs of raw materials and fuel are putting tremendous upward pressure on the pricing of strength equipment.

  • A Clean Facility Means Good Hygiene, Orderliness and Functioning Equipment

    by Ronale Tucker Rhodes August 2008

    Cleanliness is many things. It's about hygiene, orderliness and functioning equipment. But, most importantly, whether you are a clean or neat freak, or not, you and your staff need to put on both of those hats and wear them at all times.

  • 25 Tips for Improved Member Relations

    by Debra Atkinson July 2008

    There is more to good customer service than knowing members by name. Here are 25 tips for improved member relations that you and your front-desk staff can implement.

  • Science Update: Biomechanics of Free Weight Exercises

    by Stephen Holt July 2008

    Not all standard free weight exercises actually work the muscles they were designed to strengthen, and some can even be harmful. However, by using the principles of biomechanics, trainers can design free weight exercises that are safe and effective.

  • Global Enlightenment

    by Stephen Tharrett and James A. Peterson June 2008

    Fitness industry leaders and facility operators in the U.S. should look abroad for new ideas about technology, service, programming, pricing, design and more.

  • Buying Equipment: Going Once, Going Twice

    by Rob Bishop June 2008

    When other fitness facilities put their used equipment up for auction, you can find some great bargains.

  • Country Clubs Emulate Lower-Priced Fitness Providers

    by Andrew Cohen June 2008

    Country clubs seek a competitive edge by emulating lower-priced wellness providers.

  • It's Not Easy Flooring Green

    by Heather Peavey May 2008

    Making eco-friendly choices in your fitness facility seems relatively uncomplicated. But when it comes time to make green flooring choices, things get more complicated.