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Washington, D.C. area tops American Fitness Index

Do you think your city made the American College of Sports Medicine's American Fitness Index top 50? Have you ever wondered why the more you work out the more weight you gain?

Check out This Week in the Fitness Industry for answers to these questions, as well as what other entries we have.

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Rafi Mohammed talks about how to compete with budget clubs

CBI magazine's First Person feature talked to pricing strategy consultant Rafi Mohammed. The regular contributor to the magazine spoke at the NEHRSA/IHRSA Fall Conference and Trade Show on pricing of health and fitness clubs. 

In the feature he answers questions about the greatest misconception about pricing and how to compete with budget clubs.

Click here to read Mohammed's answer.

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Fitness industry doing its part to be green and sustainable

Solar panels on the Tucson Racquet and Fitness roof.The health and fitness industry and employing sustainable and green practices would seem to go hand-in-hand. The industry is about being healthy, clean and running at optimal efficiency, so a club doing the same for the environment and one’s surrounding area seems to make a lot of sense.

Many club owners and managers feel the same way. And there are countless reasons why a company would make the decision to be green and conscious of the earth and their environs.

Case in point, check out some of the reasons of these four clubs:

  • Chuck Richards, Sunset Athletic Club, Portland, Ore. – While planning an expansion he was astounded at the utility costs so he “went on a mission to become more aware” and incorporated green measures in the new construction that would save the club money in the long run.
  • Jim Zupancic, Stafford Hill Club, Tualatin, Ore. - When constructing the club two years ago he wanted to make sure he was compatible with the surrounding wetlands so the “personality of the club is very much intertwined with nature” he said. He also had a goal of being Silver LEED Certified, which he accomplished.
  • Bill Selby, Tucson Racquet and Fitness, Tucson, Ariz. – Being a family-oriented club it was important for him to show his members that he is thinking about not just the environment but them, too. For example, he has green products outside for the safety of children during kids’ camps.
  • Patrick Palmer, Club Northwest, Grants Pass, Ore. – Seven years ago the Green Team was created for “better stewardship of our environment.” Volunteers help separate plastics, papers and glass, in addition to many in-house initiatives.

“When you talk about sustainability in our business, its’ sustainability of your life,” Zupancic explained. “And when you talk about sustainability of nature, it’s completely synergistic. I think it is a very consistent message that we respect not just our bodies, but all things around us.”

Read on to see how the four clubs are saving the environment, as well as costs.

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Navigate social media with next IHRSA webinar

Using social media for your business is like most things in life: you can either be OK at many things or real good at one or two. The question is, what path do you want to go down?

For those who are not adept at popular platforms like Facebook and Twitter, or business up-and-comers Vine and Snapchat, then it is probably best to focus on one or two and get good at it. Then, when you are comfortable with what you are using it might be time to expand.

IHRSA’s next webinar - run by Lindsey Richardson, director of Marketing at Fitness Quest 10 - on Thursday, June 5, 2 to 3 p.m. EST, “Navigate the Social Media Storm: Choosing The Right Social Media Networks for Your Business,” will help guide novices to what is best, and right, for their business. The webinar is sponsored by Cybex.

Read on to learn more about the webinar and how to register.

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Teens' cardiorespitory levels are at low levels

It's all about the kids in today's This Week in the Fitness Industry.

We have a new fitness tracker from a popular kids toy-maker; preschool getting kids active at an early age; teens activity levels dropping fast; and, a decorated Olympian hoping to get the message out about the importance of exercise and nutrition.

Read about all of them in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

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