The Naked Health Club
Workout Clothes: they're so restricting, aren't they? At one Madrid health club you can ditch your clothes and workout in the nude. Of course there's health concerns, prompting one Spanish health club owner to call the idea "...the most unhygienic thing in the world." That's not stopping a small group of naked-fitness enthusiasts from patronizing the naked gym.
David Barton Gym is Cool, Says the New York Times
The style section of the New York Times often uses descriptive prose to describe designer clothing and trendy hotels. Health clubs, though, aren't usually on that list. That's what makes David Barton Gym different:
"Up the white-plaster staircase, candles flickered in the virgin springwood-paneled yoga room. Down below, a line of porcelain doll heads grinned over the moodily lighted lobby as lithe young things churned past the reception desk, designer gym bags in tow."
The uber-trendy Manhattan-based club chain unapologetically places a premium on style. To the average American's sensibilities, David Barton Gym is an awesome embarrassment of riches. To its New York City clientelle, it's a way of life.
- The Man Who Made Working Out Cool (New York Times)
Virgin Buys Esporta
UK-based health club chain Virgin Active agreed this week to buy rival club chain Esporta for £77.5 million. The move is pending approval from the British Office of Fair Trading.
- Virgin Active agrees to buy Esporta gyms (BBC News)
Trainers Pay to Use Public Parks
In London, personal trainers, dog walkers and nannies may have to begin paying to use public parks. Charging business people who make money in public parks would reduce their profit margin, Dave Smith, a personal trainer who uses public parks, told the London Evening Standard.
It seems like this would be an incredibly difficult policy to enforce. After all, how can you tell if a group of people working out together are a part of a paid group exercise class or simply a few friends exercising?
- Personal trainers, dog walkers and nannies told to pay for using parks (The London Evening Standard)
Anytime Lends a Helping Hand
Residents of Tuscaloosa and Mobile, Alabama are feeling the effects of this week's tornado. A few local churches and businesses, including Anytime Fitness, are lending a helping hand.
- Mobile Offers Help To Tornado Victims (WKRG News 5)