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.
Managers and staff in the fitness industry are very resourceful. The quality and quantity of activities they produce show a flair for innovating an apparently unending blend of exercise formats and equipment. This capability is captured in the results of the 2001 IDEA Fitness Programs and Equipment Survey. IDEA members reported on their clients, programs, equipment and work environments, and painted a landscape of tried-and-true activities integrated with new options.