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Entries in This Week in the Fitness Industry (3)


Gyms are important part of 5K training

Many who are getting ready for a 5K may head to the gym to hit the treadmill or elliptical, thinking that mimics running.

What they may not think about is building necessary muscles, like calves, quads and hamstrings, could be as important as cardio work.

But don’t ignore using the cardio machines – if you can’t get outside for a run. 

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    With so many in need of getting healthier, fitness industry is thriving

    Those who have never been in shape or worked out much are starting to realize there is something for them at the gym.

    And that is why the fitness industry is thriving, or “recession-proof,” as Adam Sedlack, senior vice president of UFC Gym, with five California locations, said.

    According to a recent report by Los Angeles-based research firm IBISWorld. The industry has grown 2.3% for the past five years, and membership has grown by 6.5 million from 2002 to 2011.

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    Train as if you were heading to London Olympics

    The American Council on Exercise is inspired by the Olympics and has created workouts hoping you will be, too.

    In anticipation of the Olympics ACE has created four, week-long workouts inspired by events: gymnastics, cycling, swimming and track and field.

    Former Olympians Allyson Felix and Dominique Dawes had a hand in their former event workouts, track and field and gymnastics, respectively. Both are on the Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, which is supported by IHRSA.

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