It wasn’t that long ago that only the most cutting-edge health clubs offered yoga classes. Now, programming schedules are rife with yoga offerings for people at all fitness levels. Even in the more conservative regions of the United States, yoga has become the number-one fitness trend, according to program directors polled for the 2002 IDEA Group Fitness Trendwatch.
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 ...
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According to IDEA's 2001 group fitness Trendwatch report, yoga and Pilates are increasing in popularity at fitness facilities around the country. What makes these activities so popular? Mind-body modalities boast benefits such as stress reduction and improved breathing, posture and body awareness. In addition, the calming and centering aspects of mind-body classes bring balance into in...
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