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The Real Results of Interval Training

This is an associate feature post, sponsored by TRUE Fitness.

Thinking about taking your workout to the next level with interval training? Interval training is a great way to get in an intense workout in a short amount of time. Here’s how interval training works and how you can use a treadmill or elliptical to get in a great interval training workout.

Why Use Interval Training?

Interval training works because when you work out in short, intense bursts, the trauma your muscles go through signals your body to adapt to the stress by being able to convert more oxygen into energy. Interval training is very effective and you don’t need any special equipment with interval training: 

  • You get more exercise in a shorter amount of time
  • You’ll burn more calories
  • Your cardiovascular fitness will improve 

It’s recommended that you start off slow if you are new to interval training before moving up to a more intense workout so your body can get used to it. For example, as you advance, the recovery phase of the workout will reduce. Remember to always talk to your doctor before starting a new workout—especially if it is of a much higher intensity than you are used to and have a chronic illness.

Interval Training for Treadmills

When doing interval training on the treadmill, you will be changing up the incline and speed while alternating between: 

  • Sprints
  • Runs
  • Walks 

You can also walk sideways for 30 seconds on each side to give your leg muscles an extra work out and burns more calories. Adjust the speed and incline of the treadmill every so often so your body is continually challenged.

Interval Training for Ellipticals 

The elliptical is a great machine for elevating your heart rate with minimal impact while working out your upper and lower body at the same time. For interval training on the elliptical, begin by warming up and experimenting with the settings to find the setting that will give you a good resistance. Then, gradually increase the elliptical’s resistance and stride rate.

As with treadmills, cool down with slower movements for a few minutes to recover before increasing the resistance and speed again.


IHRSA Names Visual Fitness Planner Associate Member of the Year

We are excited to announce that Visual Fitness Planner (VFP) is our 2016 Associate Member of the Year.VFP.png

The Associate Member of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an IHRSA Associate Member for their significant contributions to the advancement of the health club industry, as well as their support of IHRSA, its members, and its mission through program and event participation, advertising, and sponsorship.

Visual Fitness Planner, an IHRSA member since 2001, was selected as this year's honoree due to their passion for the industry and commitment towards helping club operators better use technology to solve their needs and grow revenue.

"We are happy to honor our good friends at Visual Fitness Planner for their long-standing support of IHRSA and the industry,“ said Joe Moore, IHRSA's president and CEO. “Each year, Visual Fitness Planner hosts a panel discussion at the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show titled ‘90 minutes with Top Club Operators.’ It’s a hugely popular session, and just one example of the many innovative ways VFP shares industry expertise to everyone’s benefit.”

"We cannot tell you how much it means to the entire VFP Team to be selected as the IHRSA Associate Member of the Year! We are truly honored and humbled to have this award bestowed on us”, said Daron Allen, president and CEO of Visual Fitness Planner. “IHRSA has been a big part of our history, education, and success. We have always aspired to one day be awarded Associate Member of the Year, and that day is finally here! IHRSA Associate Members of the Year are truly the best in class Associates and we are so proud to be a part of this prestigious group."

The award will be presented on Tuesday, March 22nd during IHRSA 2016, IHRSA’s 35th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, March 21-24.

The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to "recognize, celebrate, and inspire." For more information about IHRSA's annual industry awards, including prior recipients, please visit


F.I.T. is the Place to go for Services, Equipment and Supplies

In the latest version of IHRSA’s Profiles of Success, it said the median amount a fitness-only facility spent on reinvesting back into the club was $33,200, with the average for all clubs at $40,393. 

Having a wide array of options for services at your fingertips is what everyone wants. Add in side-by-side comparisons and it is the easiest way to shop and compare.

When looking into new equipment, services and supplies in the health and fitness industry, that one-place shopping is Fitness Industry Technology (F.I.T.), IHRSA’s comprehensive buyers' guide. It is available in PDF, digital and print formats.

“Recognizing the critical importance of being fresh, different and better, health clubs continue to capitalize on equipment, reinvesting an average of 1.6% of their total revenues in equipment in 2013,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of Global Products.

A valuable year-round resource for club operators, F.I.T. is designed to simplify the purchasing process. The material is organized by product category and accompanied by charts to allow for comparing product features. The guide's easy-to-read format simplifies the buying process and connects suppliers with customers.

Product categories are divided into bikes, climbers, educational resources, ellipticals, group exercise, locker room amenities, Pilates, strength, technology and treadmills. A valuable feature for many F.I.T. readers is comparison charts for products in bikes (recumbent and upright), climbers, ellipticals, treadmills and computer applications.

Also included in the 220-page publication are new product showcases and a directory of all IHRSA associate members. Plus, numerous advertisements provide even more information on companies.

The digital and PDF editions are both available for free at Print copies can be purchased for $4.95 (IHRSA members) or $14.95 (non-members). F.I.T. is also distributed at all major industry trade shows, including IHRSA 2015, which is set for March 11-14, 2015, in Los Angeles.



Mad Dogg has grown from one brand to many

Mad Dogg Athletics office in California.In 1991, cycling enthusiasts John Baudhuin and Jonathan Goldberg designed and produced the first Spinner bikes, which, in short time, led to the indoor cycling boom, changing the health and fitness industry forever.

Goldberg, of course, is better known as Johnny G, the South African cycling pro who, by joining with Baudhuin, an avid cyclist with an MBA degree, created the world’s first indoor group-cycling product line.

A year after coming up with the concept and a prototype, they began to manufacture and distribute the commercial Spinner bike and Spinning program. The bikes and the course were officially introduced in 1993 at the Crunch Gyms in New York City. 

Baudhuin has barely had a chance to catch his breath since.

In 1994, Baudhuin incorporated Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc., in Venice, California, and began trademarking the Spinning name worldwide; he now serves as the company’s president and CEO. (Goldberg is no longer involved with the company.) Over the next two decades, the com-pany grew dramatically in terms of scope and size. Today, Mad Dogg Athletics manufactures and/or distributes a large and diverse family of fitness equipment, training, and programming under a variety of brand names. Its portfolio currently includes Spinning; SPIN Fitness; Kettlebell Concepts; Peak Pilates; CrossCore Rotational Bodyweight Training; Resist- A-Ball (stability balls); UGI (a weighted ball system); and, via a joint venture, Bodyblade (vibration training).

Read on to learn more about Mad Dogg Athletics.

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Associate members' news and profiles in CBI

In the CBI magazine IHRSA Report section, every month there is space dedicated to our associate members' news and profiles of companies.

This month, September, included in the space is:

Associate news: Octane Fitness; Europa Sports Products,  Inc.; Everlast Fitness Flooring; NASM; Precor; and TRX.

Associate profiles: Cincinnati Insurance Company; Evolution Nutrition; One Beat CPR + AED; and Portable Kettlebell.

Learn more on each in the September CBI.


Get an edge with associate member e-newsletter; win $50

The Edge is a monthly e-newsletter for IHRSA associate members. The goal of is to help your company reap the benefits of its IHRSA associate membership. 

The Edge, in its November edition, is giving away a $50 American Express gift card. Just complete this brief survey by Friday, Dec. 6, to be entered into the drawing. You must be an associate member to qualify.

 Please contact associate@ihrsa.orgwith feedback or questions.


IHRSA 2013 exhibitor profile: Nexersys

Last year at the IHRSA trade show Nexersys really packed a punch for its inaugural showing. There was plenty of interest in the machines that, according to its website, “delivers the motivation of a personal trainer, the benefits of a mixed martial arts high-intensity interval training workout, and the entertainment and feedback available from today’s gaming and computer technology.” 

This year the company hopes to not only hook gym owners and exercise enthusiasts onto the product but also expand internationally. 

For more on Nexersys at the trade show, click here.


IHRSA 2013 exhibitor profile: SURFSET Fitness

SURFSET Fitness made a big splash in the past six months with an appearance on ABC's "Shark Tank." The show brings fledgling businesses in front of potential investors. SURFSET hit it big twice: first, NBA's Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban decided to invest in the company. Then, on a follow-up show just this month, Cuban helped the company secure a partnership with Crunch Gyms.

Now SURFSET is hoping to parlay its momentum by expanding its brand at its first IHRSA Annual International Convention & Trade Show. In addition to its eye-catching equipment and offerings, Cuban will also be making an appearance.

Be sure to stop by booth 2107 to see SURFSET, and read on for more on the company.


SIBEC 2012 draws large crowd

SIBEC 2012 features one-on-one meetings between suppliers and club owners and operators.The 10th annual SIBEC meeting is now taking in Orlando, Fla., through Sept, 16. The meeting brings together club operators and suppliers for one-on-one meetings and networking. 

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In With the New!

By Mia Coen

As you may or may not know, every September, CBI magazine puts out a catalog called Fitness Industry Technology (F.I.T.) Buyers’ Guide.  

This is no ordinary catalog. It contains hundreds of listings from fitness industry suppliers worldwide. You just might drool, smile, faint, or even exclaim over some of the items in this massive assemblage.

Our team has spent countless hours on this project. From editorial and graphics, to advertising and design, we’ve pulled out all the stops. But I consider myself especially lucky, because I was responsible for the New Product Showcase—a special section dedicated to IHRSA associate-members with new products.

This section gives members the opportunity to share their innovations with the world, and I got to manage the editorial! A sweet deal, to say the least. In the section, there are approximately 25 companies with new product launches this year, and crafting copy about their unique products has opened my eyes to the wondrous variety in this industry.

I also thought to myself, “If I was a club owner, this would inspire me.” You’ll be amazed by many, if not all, of the truly innovative new offerings in this year’s New Product Showcase. To name a few: fitness flooring options, sunless tanning, cardio consoles, management software, group exercise and personal training accessories, interactive displays for equipment…

Needless to say, the F.I.T. Buyers' Guide has everything you need to be inspired. It’s coming soon to your mailbox, along with the September issue of CBI.