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Entries in Charlotte Athletic Club (2)


Replacing equipment is not as easy as writing a check

A trade show attendee tries out Jacob's Ladder at IHRSA's annual Convention & Trade Show.In a perfect world, all of the equipment in a club would last 15, 20 years. With so many moving parts, constant use, and different members using pieces in a variety of ways, as well as putting different types of stress on them, it is inevitable that apparatus breaks down sooner than owners and managers would like. 

But what is the best way to go about replacing treadmills, spin bikes, free weights and whatever else is in disrepair? Should you switch out all of the same models from one company at the same time, or is staggering it OK? 

And what about input? How much do you value your employees’ and members’ opinions over what you may have seen at a trade show?

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Make a healthy choice with Charlotte Athletic Club

The weight room at Charlotte Athletic Club.

We all know how important it is to be in good shape. Lifting weights, participating in aerobic exercises and eating healthy are all key components to this end.

At Charlotte Athletic Club in Charlotte, N.C., they take the nutrition aspect to a level that many other clubs do not.

From free cooking demonstrations – wouldn’t all of us would show up to our club if one day there were samplings of Crab Summer Rolls, Moroccan Seared Tofu and Basil Seared Tilapia one day, followed by fruit smoothies the next? – to a page on its website solely dedicated to nutrition to inspirational photos and sayings on its Facebook page, the club certainly realizes the importance of eating well.

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