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Friday
May052017

This Week in the Fitness Industry: 700 Anytime Fitness Gyms to Host Free Outdoor Workouts

700 Anytime Fitness Gyms to Host Free Outdoor Workouts
Hundreds of Anytime Fitness gyms will host free outdoor exercise events nationwide, according to a release. The “May Free Workouts” began in 2015 as a grassroots effort by a few Anytime Fitness gyms, and has grown into a nationwide campaign to promote physical activity. About 700 facilities are expected to participate, hosting activites such as yoga in the park, Zumba classes, kickboxing lessons, and tug-of-war competitions. “We believe a healthy lifestyle is achievable for anyone,” said Chuck Runyon, co-founder & CEO of Anytime Fitness. “May Free Workouts are designed to encourage community members to get up and move in an active, motivating atmosphere. Because when fitness is enjoyable and done in an encouraging, fun environment, it becomes easy to reach your goals.”

Report: Latin American Health Clubs Generate $6 Billion in Revenue
The health club industry in Latin America is robust and growing, according to the new IHRSA Latin American Report (Second Edition). The 18 Latin American markets analyzed in the report generate US$6 billion in revenue from more than 65,000 clubs. Nearly 20 million Latin Americans are members of a health club, according to the report, which was sponsored by Hoist Fitness and produced in collaboration with Mercado Fitness (Argentina) and supported by Fitness Brasil. Brazil, alone, accounts for more than half of the health clubs in Latin America with 34,509 facilities. Argentina has the highest penetration rate among all Latin American markets as 6.8% of Argentineans belong to a health club. Read the full blog post about the IHRSA Latin American Report.

Exercise Keeps the Mind Sharp as You Age
People over 50 who performed moderate exercise several times a week saw improvements in thinking and memory skills, according to a study in the British Journal of Sports and Medicine. Even those who already showed signs of cognitive decline showed improvements, proving taking up exercise at any age is worthwhile for the mind and body, researchers said. "Even if you are doing moderate exercise only once or twice a week there are still improvements in cognitive function, but the improvements were better the more exercise was done," the study author told BBC News.

IHRSA Staff Takes the President's Fitness Challenge

A couple of brave IHRSA staffers relived their childhoods by taking the President's Fitness Challenge in honor of National Physical Activity and Sports Month.