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Entries in 24 Hour Fitness (6)


Time for industry to give thanks for a great 2013

There is plenty to be thankful for in the fitness industry.

Helping members become healthier is a logical start. Then you can include the fact that most clubs are contributing to their respective communities with fundraisers, donating time and goods, and educating about health and wellness.

Suffice to say that it is a feel-good industry. And this time of year is a great time to look back and remember some of the things owners, managers, businesses and the general public has to be thankful for.

Read on to see the 2013 recap.

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Further your career at the convenience of your home 

With modern technology, gone are the days where you have to get in your car in order to do most anything.  That is no different in the fitness industry. 

Leaders in Fitness has recently launched its virtual learning environment where fitness professionals can get continuing education credits online, access to almost 30 hours of programs, including Pilates, and workshops on Barre, nutrition, anatomy, yoga and more. 

With a recent IHRSA report that said more than 6.5 million Americans are using personal trainers – a 91% increase from 1999 – adding to your resume and marketing yourself the best you can will only help in the end.

Also in This Week in the Fitness Industry:

  • 24 Hour Fitness tops for military
  • Educator pushes learning and exercise program
  • ACE certifications work in Europe
  • Company works on weight gain 

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Stand-up paddling is a great workout for body and mind

PHOTO COURTESY TRIPADVISOR.COMIf you live along the coast you would be hard-pressed to not see people standing on surfboards and paddling around. 

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP as it often called) was made popular by surfer Laird Hamilton about 10 years ago, but has been around for hundreds of years as it was a mode of transportation by Native Americans. Now, according to the Outdoor Industry Assn., 1.24 million people did SUP last year, an 18% increase from the year before. 

The beauty of the SUP is that it gives you an overall workout – both body and mind. Even if you are in still water you will use muscles from head to toe – feet, legs, back, arms, and your core. Other area will be worked just from balancing on the board. The intensity of the workout can be upped if you are going upstream in a river or in the ocean, battling waves. 

Also in This Week in the Fitness Industry:

  • Tips for staying on course in summer
  • Zumba Love introduced
  • Fitness chain for sale

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Train like an Olympian

PHOTO COURTESY 24 HOUR FITNESS - Kerri Walsh shows her side planks workout on the 24 Hour Fitness "teamusa" blog. Which Olympic athlete’s body do you want yours to resemble? What sport do you aspire to compete at a higher level? Do you want to be in the same shape as those you are seeing in London? 

Regardless of the answers to those questions, you can at least train like a world-class athlete. 

A quick Google search of “Olympians training regimen” will bring up pretty much any sport currently in London competing in the Olympics – track & field, fencing, water polo, beach volleyball, and more. 

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This Week in Fitness: Zumba Fitness Joins Pitbull on the Euphoria Tour

Zumba Fitness joins international music superstar, Pitbull on the Euphoria Tour. Read about this and more in This Week in Fitness.

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