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This Week in the Fitness Industry: Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness Unveils Multipurpose Expansion

Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness Unveils Multipurpose Expansion

On September 26, Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness in Newington, CT, held a "re-grand opening" to reveal its newly renovated and expanded fitness center featuring functional training, small group, team and one-on-one personal training, TRX suspension, expansive cardiovascular and strength training equipment, and the InBody570 body composition analysis service. These offerings are provided in addition to weekly group exercise classes—from gentle yoga to rigorous indoor cycling—all in an effort to provide best in-class fitness services. Healthtrax’ goal is to help curtail boredom while building comradery among its staff and motivated members working towards personalized health and fitness goals. Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness Center has served the Newington community’s fitness needs since 1988.

Twitter CEO’s Fitness Software Eyes December Launch Date
Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo’s fitness software startup, Chrous, is working toward a December launch. The company, which is run by an eight-person team and has an initial investment of $8 million, is aiming “aims to take the emerging phenomenon of group fitness, such as SoulCycle or CrossFit or countless other boutique models, and bring it to scale, like a tech company would,” Vanity Fair reports. “Its software platform, which consumers will be able to access with a subscription fee, will link up athletes who share common fitness goals, like training for a marathon, increasing their functional strength, or more ephemeral health resolutions, like sleeping better. The logic that undergirds Chorus, much like Weight Watchers or A.A., is that people who are serious about a goal are better served through positive peer pressure.”

Nick Offerman Discusses Making ‘The History of Exercise’ Video
Actor/comedian Nick Offerman penned a recent Wall Street Journal article, “A Week in the Life of Nick Offerman,” where he shared some a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of filming the President’s Council “History of Exercise” video, which IHRSA helped to produce. “We’re in Washington to shoot a comedy video with none other than Michelle Obama,” he wrote. “Oh, and it requires a procession of period exercise outfits, including Olivia Newton-John’s exact get-up from her 1981 “Let’s Get Physical” video. On me. I meet the first lady for the first time in that very leotard and legwarmers. She appears to Megan and myself like a superhero, in black spandex workout gear. We are all giggling like schoolchildren at the fun we’re having in support of Let’s Move!, her signature exercise initiative. It’s all a little surreal; Megan and I feel like a couple of very lucky kids to share some of the first lady’s valuable time and Gatorade.”

IHRSA Calls for Congress to ‘Stop Sitting Around’

"Sitting. Sitting while watching TV. Sitting while at the computer. Sitting while at the drive-through. These are all things Americans do-a lot,” writes Helen Durkin, IHRSA’s executive vice president of public policy, in her op-ed directed to Congress that appeared in this morning’s edition of Morning Consult. "But sitting is costly. Studies show that all this sitting costs governments, societies, and ourselves." Read our blog post on today’s Morning Consult op-ed.


Watch Michelle Obama and Nick Offerman’s Fitness-themed Funny or Die Video

We’re excited to finally unveil “History of Exercise,” a video starring First Lady Michelle Obama and actor/comedian Nick Offerman. 

The Funny or Die video, done in partnership with IHRSA, the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition, the American Heart Association, and the American Council on Exercise, marks the public launch of the President’s Council’s #0to60 campaign, an initiative aiming to educate, inspire, and help Americans lead a healthy lifestyle. 

The video chronicles fitness trends through the ages, from the belly-band machine of the 1950s to the Ab Roller of the ‘90s. IHRSA helped source the vintage exercise equipment for the video, including a thigh master owned by none other than our CEO Joe Moore. 

“IHRSA was thrilled to be a partner in producing this video, with the goal of encouraging more Americans to get active,” Moore says. “Health clubs have been part of the American community since the 1970's and since then have evolved along with changing styles and trends. IHRSA has been supporting its member clubs and the fitness industry since 1981, and will continue to do so.” 

We shot a video today with @MichelleObama & @Nick_Offerman! Coming soon to FOD!

A photo posted by Funny Or Die (@funnyordie) on Jul 26, 2016 at 6:57pm PDT

Today, health clubs continue to offer Americans a safe, fun, convenient, and reliable place to exercise. They provide both professional guidance and the social support and accountability proven to enhance the chances that an individual will stick with a lifelong exercise habit. 

Research shows that 70% of health club members joined to improve their overall health and well-being, and that three out of four people who join stick with it—undoubtedly because they value the health-promoting support they find there. 

All told, health clubs are a vital part of America. With more than 36,000 health clubs across the country, found in all 50 states, health clubs are an integral part of community life, serving cities and towns across rural and urban America. Together, America’s health clubs help millions of Americans of all ages and backgrounds along their journey to a healthy, active lifestyle.