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Entries in Yoga (9)


Why are there more women in group exercise?

With 48 percent of club members male, one would think that participation in group exercise classes would also be split down the middle.

Surprisingly, according to the latest IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report, only 38% of group exercise participants are men. And, seeing options like yoga and spinning can often see numbers closer to a 50-50 split, other options like Zumba, P90X, Tabata and others have 3-to-1 or even 4-to-1 women-to-men ratios.

So, why the discrepancy? And, does it really even matter?

Read on to see what club managers think, and their suggestions.

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Under Fire! Yoga and Pilates professionals rise to the challenge to ensure students’ safety  

“Don’t do yoga.”

This somewhat surprising admonition appeared in the January 5 edition of The New York Times as part of an article entitled “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.” It has, predictably, sent shockwaves rippling through the fitness industry. 

The story was excerpted from The Science of Yoga: The Risks and The Rewards, a new book by William Broad, the Time’s science writer. The book details Broad’s discussions with Glenn Black, a yoga instructor with more than 30 years of experience who teaches classes at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, a nonprofit wellness organization based in Rhinebeck, New York.

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You’ll love this high-energy tennis workout

There is no question that a tennis match can give as good of a workout that you can find at a gym. How about a new trend that combines the two – cardio tennis?

The one-hour session is done to music and includes hitting balls, agility ladders, skipping ropes and sideline drills.

Also in This Week in the Fitness Industry:


  • Defining your club's brand
  • Anti-gravity yoga
  • California looking to tax clubs
  • Fitness marketing expert publishes eBook
  • Green idea while working out

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This Week in Fitness: Could A Pill Help Fight Obesity?

Could a pill help fight obesity? Read about this and more in This Week in Fitness.

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This Week in Fitness: Does Yoga Help With Chronic Back Pain?

A recent study states people with chronic back pain might benefit from yoga. Read about this and more in This Week in Fitness.

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