Equinox and SoulCycle are doubling down on their “market-defining talent” by creating a talent management agency, ClassPass has secured more funding and plans to release a new app, and let’s not forget the PHIT Act, which made history and passed a major hurdle on Capitol Hill.
Weight Machines: Gyms Ask Need or Nix?
WBUR Boston examines how the influx of functional fitness routines are changing the gym floor—and not for better, according to one expert. To make space for functional workouts that use body-weight exercises or free weights, some gyms are making the decision to ditch fixed-weight machines. But Wayne Westcott, a professor of exercise science at Quincy College, says it would be a mistake to have a workout space with no machines. "Any machine that moves a muscle to its full range, with an appropriate strength curve, with appropriate resistance, is the best possible way to condition that muscle, to make it stronger," he said. As IHRSA pointed out before, weight machines have a valuable role in fitness routines ranging from beginners to pros.