It has been only 2 years since IDEA began tracking the popularity of core conditioning classes versus conventional abdominals classes on our annual Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey. In that short time span, the number of fitness facilities offering core conditioning jumped from 61 percent in 2001 to 72 percent in 2002 (see the October 2002 issue of IDEA Fitness Manager). With the recent proliferation of new core equipment, including items like the Reebok Core Board and the BOSU Balance Trainer, core conditioning is proving as popular as fitness-based yoga and Pilates.
Pilates Equipment Liability and Safety (Part 1of 2)
Such issues merit serious focus and planning as members demand more Pilates-based activities. By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
According to the 7th Annual IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey (IDEA Fitness Manager, October 2002) and other industry statistics, Pilates is among the fastest-growing exercise trends in the United States. The Health Club ...
With all of the bad news about how fat, unhealthy and deconditioned Americans are, it’s somewhat heartening to hear that we’re getting at least one step closer to regular activity by purchasing exercise equipment on our own.
Apparently, the steady growth of health clubs has not deterred such purchases for home use. Although, in a recent survey, only 18 percent of those surveyed said that they belong to a health club or gym, 47 percent of respondents (adults 18 and older) said that they own some piece of home exercise equipment.
If you have promoted stability ball exercises for strength training, you may want to adjust your recommendation. A study published in the August 2002 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests that they may not be so effective in this regard.
Indoor cycling, kickboxing, boot camp, strength training, step classes, yoga and water fitness classes are all popular in Guatemala, a country with nearly 13 million people. Men especially enjoy kickboxing, indoor cycling, boot camp and yoga classes. Classes that use equipment such as the Body Bar™, rubber bands and stability balls are also well liked. Since Guatemala has a tropical climate, popular activities outside of fitness facilities include triathlons, mountain biking, jogging, football, swimming and baseball.
What Exactly Is the Core Board?
The new core board program and equipment developed by Reebok offer users three-dimensional motion on an oblong platform. The platform has feet that hold the board in place on the floor while the platform itself reacts to movement. Participants must adjust their balance in response to the
Strategically developing your fitness business is like planning a garden. A gardener has many elements to consider—location, climate, space—and the elements can go together different ways. There are as many “right” ways to put together fitness programs and equipment as there are garden styles. And like a gardener, you have the opportunity to change things around every year.