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Seattle’s Best Group Fitness Classes | Seattle, WA

OUR INSTRUCTORSMost boutique fitness studios in Seattle focus on a single format with specific methodologies from which instructors cannot diverge. Community Fitness not only offers more formats than any other group exercise studio in Seattle, each seasoned instructor has a unique methodology which makes for an incredibly diverse schedule of classes and programs.

The very best group exercise instructors are natural-born artists who teach as a way of life, as a form of creative self-expression. Their artistry inspires us to express our own creative energy. Most great fitness trainers also exhibit an intriguing combination of both divine masculine and divine feminine qualities, irrespective of their gender. Often referred to as Yin and Yang, an instructor who has both can be a confident leader as well as a compassionate friend.

Its the instructors themselves that bring the group fitness experience to life. What good is a revolutionary group exercise class if you dont like the person teaching it? Fitness trends come and go, as does our ability to stay motivated. But relationships with friends, workout buddies and inspirational trainers can keep us accountable and last a lifetime. Which is why our continuing mission is to assemble the most talented and popular fitness instructors from across the city, under one roof.

OUR FACILITYOur gym is centrally located in Seattle between Greenlake and the University of Washington, two blocks from the Roosevelt neighborhood Whole Foods. While we choose to exercise indoors, we honor our Northwest heritage with decor that embraces natural outdoor elements of wood, metal, stone and natural sunlight.

All three studios have sprung floors to reduce joint impact and acoustical ceilings that allow instructor voices to be clearly heard even when music is playing. Each room has state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems for ambience, and our two largest studios have projectors on either side of an elevated instructor stage, displaying the instructors image to improve participant sight lines.

We strive to create a respectful space within our classrooms, where clients can focus on doing what makes them healthy and happy. We define success not by how much revenue our business produces, but by how much revenue we are able to reinvest in our employees, our facility, and our client services.

OUR COMMUNITYBuilding community, where we can work, play, and improve our lives in the great city of Seattle thats our mission. We are a relationship based business, not only between instructors and participants, but also co-worker to co-worker and client to client.

Life is an ensemble performance. No one can do it alone. ~ Matt Kahn

We need to work together if we plan to succeed and thrive individually and collectively. Everyone is doing the best they can, and we all deserve to be treated with professionalism and respect. Its time for the qualities of the divine feminine to be brought into equal balance alongside the divine masculine. In honor of goodness, unity and equality, lets not focus on what divides us, but what we have in common.

We all want to be healthy and fit, or maybe burn calories and lose some weight. Whatever our aspirations may be, with the support of family, friends, neighbors and folks who have similar interests, achieving our goals will be easier, and a lot more fun! At Community Fitness you can sweat, be real, and connect with others doing the same.

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Jul 4

Veterans From Team Red, White And Blue Join Together For Fitness Challenge At Independence Hall To Celebrate July 4th – CBS Philly

Jul 4

Life Time will close indoor fitness areas; Mountainside stays open – AZCentral

Tom Hatten, CEO and Founder of Mountainside Fitness, talks about his battle with Gov. Doug Ducey over closure of gyms at a press conference in Scottsdale on July 3, 2020.(Photo: Catherine Rafferty/The Republic)

The Life Time fitness chain will reverse course and shut down the indoor fitness portion of its Arizona locationseffectiveimmediately, butMountainside Fitness, which confirmed Friday that some employees have tested positive for COVID-19,remains open.

The two chains wereamong several fitness chainsin Arizona that announcedthey wouldn't follow Gov. Doug Ducey's Monday order to close gyms until at least July 27 in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. Both gyms remained open through Friday morning.

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Now, Life Time plans to shut down the fitness floors, studios and gymnasiums at their Arizona locations through Monday evening, the statement said, adding that all other services and amenities at their clubs, including the salon, spa, food services and pools, will remain open.


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The decision to close the indoor fitness areas in Life Time clubs comes one day after Arizona suspended a third liquor license associated with a Life Time Fitness location.

Life Time officials met with the Governor's Office and the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services Friday morning and "out of respect for the governor" decided to close the gyms soon after, according to the statement from Life Time officials.

The Arizona Department of Health Servicesalso announced they are partnering with Life Time to "develop examples of best practices."

Life Time Fitness complying with the Governors Executive Order is in the best interest of all Arizonans, said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the state health department, in a statement. We appreciate their willingness to protect Arizonans and provide their time and subject matter expertise.

Minneapolis-based Life Time spokeswoman Natalie Bushaw said the time will allow time for officials to meet with the governor's team to identify solutions to re-open the indoor fitness portion of their clubs as soon as possible.

"The governments should work with each industry to unveil the safest protocols to conduct business," Bushaw said, listing capacity limitations, mask requirements and temperature checks as possible safety measures. "Businesses who do not comply with these agreed-upon, robust safety and cleaning protocols should be shut down immediately and assertively."

Bushaw again defended the health and safety of Life Time fitness clubs Friday, saying health clubs and gyms are able to operate more safely than other businesses.

"Life Times safety protocols are beyond that of any other business," a statement from Life Time CEO and Founder Bahram Akradito Life Timemembers read Friday."Once the health department has the opportunity to review what youve been experiencing every day, we believe they will come to the same conclusion."

Akradi also called on Life Time members to contact Ducey via Twitter, email or phone and ask him "to keep your clubs fully open to you and your devoted team members."

Mountainside Fitness, meanwhile, is not changing course.

Mountainside Fitness CEO Tom Hatten said Friday their gyms will stay open through at least Monday morning, when an emergency hearing on Hatten's legal complaint against Ducey's executive order is scheduled in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Hatten said Mountainside Fitness locations will close Monday if the court does not rule in his favor.

Hatten confirmed some employees have tested positive for the virusbut did not provide details about how many or at which locations. Members at the facilities with COVID-19 positive employees have not been notified, he said.

"This wasn't about the coronavirus anymore," Hatten said. "It became about everybody.It became about our government, our leadership. It became about thebusinesses community. It became about who's next."

Hatten maintained his position that the fitness industry was singled out in Ducey's order, saying he felt his business is being "vilified" while others are not receivingthe same type of attention.

"I wanted accountability from our leaders," Hatten said. "And if that meant I'm going to be fined or could end up in jail, there's been plenty of great Americans who have been in this position beforeI'm OK with that."

The Arizona Department of Health Services said it will move forward with efforts to enforce the governor's order against Mountainside Fitness "to protect the public health and welfare against the serious threat posed by COVID-19."

Contact Grace Oldham atgrace.oldham@arizonarepublic.comor on Twitter at@grace_c_oldham.

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Jul 4

With gyms closed and at-home workout equipment sold out, fitness lovers get creative – Yahoo News

With many gyms closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, WFH is making way for WOFH: Working Out From Home.

I use a lot of makeshift materials to work out, says Anne Barreca, of Brooklyn, New York. Without access to a gym or swimming pool, she uses whats in her environment for exercise, including the stairs leading to her third-floor walkup, groceries, resistance bands, furniture sliders, dish towels even her 5-month-old son, Benjamin, whom she calls the worlds cutest kettlebell. Hes the perfect size for squats and lunges (comes with the noises too, her husband, Brian, jokes).

Its better than nothing, Barreca said. Something is always better than just being lazy or sitting around. There's no such thing as a perfect workout.

Exercising using ones body weight or with whats available, of course, isnt a new phenomenon.

In 1976s Rocky, the underdog boxer trained by punching slabs of beef in a meat freezer and running up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1982, Jane Fonda donned spandex and leg warmers to bring her total body aerobics routine, Jane Fondas Workout, to women around the world. It sold over 17 million copies, becoming the best-selling VHS tape of all time.

In that same spirit, fitness enthusiasts are discovering new ways to work out and get back to basics in the age of COVID-19.

For Barreca, finding creative hacks to get moving and accepting this new normal wasnt easy. Being an avid runner and swimmer, she continued her exercise regimen well into her pregnancy and was eager to get back to her routine after giving birth. As fate would have it, her doctors gave her the all-clear to resume working out on March 16 the day gyms and pools closed in New York. It was like a cruel joke, she says.

But she didnt let the gym shutdowns, or that shes parenting a newborn during a pandemic, discourage her.

It forces you to tap into the inner reserves you have of patience and creativity, Barreca said. I love gyms as much as anyone. I hope I get to go back, but its not a necessity for maintaining your fitness, which is a very beautiful reminder.

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In Largo, Florida, Shani Bryant says she has also learned this lesson while sheltering-in-place and working from home. Her pre-COVID workout group consisted of fellow fitness enthusiasts in her office, all moms, who worked out together every day during their lunch hour, from weight training and HIIT (high intensity interval training) to spin class. They even wore matching shirts and drank the same pre-workout supplement.

It was legit, like a sisterhood, Bryant said.

And while they all tried to keep up that sisterhood when they began working from home, exercising together online via Microsoft Teams, Bryant says she eventually started getting busier and working through lunchtime. She also pointed out that not everyone in the group has the same equipment or resources at home.

All the weights were sold out in the stores, so I couldnt find any barbells or kettlebells, Bryant said. Between January and March, orders for fitness equipment (kettlebells, dumbbells, stationary bikes and treadmills) saw a 55 percent boost in online sales, according to Adobes Digital Economy Index.

Despite those challenges, and sometimes missing the rigor of her old gym workouts, Bryant says shes giving herself some grace and putting less pressure on herself to maintain her old routine. Though shes visited the gym twice since reopening, with social distancing measures in place, she says its difficult to work out in a mask and shes unsure about going back, as cases in Florida continue to rise. She tells herself: Relax, youre in a pandemic. Its OK if you cant lose those other 10 pounds that you were trying to do before your birthday. Its OK.

She says she has learned to appreciate slower workouts, such as long walks outside with her 3-year-old son.

He loves chasing the birds, riding his bike, looking at all the trees, Bryant said. Now were definitely outdoors and exploring a little bit more, which is nice.

Stacey Tinianov, in Santa Clara, California, has also been forced to slow down. A mom of two teens and a cancer survivor, Tinianov was attending 5 a.m. classes at a nearby Orangetheory fitness studio four days a week and when she didnt make it to a class, she went to 24 Hour Fitness in the evenings to work out on the elliptical. On weekend mornings, she would go on three- to four-hour walks with friends or do a tandem bicycle ride with her husband.

Now, with fitness centers closed, her family has created some new habits.

Every morning, we get up, I go on my walk and he commutes to work, Tinianov said about her husbands daily bike ride. And so he does this 20-mile loop, comes home, showers and then goes to the garage and works all day.

But she admits its challenging to exercise outside and do the constant calculus of social distancing.

It's really weird to walk in a neighborhood because you'll see people and you're like: OK, who should walk in the street? Who should stay on the sidewalk? Who needs to cross the road? Tinianov said. It doesn't feel relaxing, because you're constantly trying to gauge what you should do and it just seems to be a lot involved now in kind of calculating it, rather than just going out for a walk.

Although she hasnt been able to recreate Orangetheory at home (the app doesnt translate the same vibes as an in-person workout, she says), a small silver lining has been finding new activities she tried a zumba class for the first time over Zoom and she started doing some yoga thanks to YouTube. She also completed a four-week exercise challenge, Chloe Tings Summer Shred Challenge, with her 19-year-old daughter.

I definitely would not have done yoga online, Tinianov said. I just wouldn't have. And I don't know why I tried it this time, but I'm glad I did. I like it. I find it incredibly calming.

More walking and yoga matches up with how Fitbit users are working out during the pandemic, according to a recent Fitbit analysis that looked at data from mid-April.

Walk exercises, or brisk walks that last for at least 15 minutes, are up, and walks still constitute a large portion of user exercises, the analysis said. Weve also seen substantial increases in the popularity of biking, yoga and aerobic workouts. Among users who exercised at least once per week, yoga and biking have seen an increase of over 40 percent, while aerobic workouts have increased by more than 20 percent meaning that users are taking this time to switch up their fitness routines.

When it comes to exercising during this new normal without access to old routines and resources, the key is motivation, said Dr. Sari Shepphird, a sports psychologist and psychotherapist in California.

It takes some creative thought, which is why motivations so important because if you're lacking the motivation, you're not going to want to put in the time to creatively problem solve, Shepphird said.

She suggests finding a sense of community, even virtually, if possible. Coaches and trainers online are trying to do just that, even with exercises that might typically require physical contact.

Joey DeMalavez, owner of Joltin Jabs in Philadelphia, just reopened his boxing gym, but is continuing some virtual sessions. At one point during Pennsylvanias stay-at-home order, he was leading 11 Zoom classes per week. Known for his discipline and a stickler for form, the former pro boxer had to adapt technologically to continue reaching his clients. He says while he cant be there physically to adjust their form, doing the workout with them and yelling through his computer screen has been working pretty well.

I won't call them out by name but as I'm looking, I'll say, Put that hand up, DeMalavez said.

I remind them, Remember that checklist, check it off, chin down, shoulder pointed, hands up, knees bent, balls of your feet, 45 your front foot. So I'm constantly going like that.

It can be harder to read the room when clients are in different places with their mics often muted, says Tasha Gray, co-owner and a trainer at FitnessSocial, a studio in Fresno, California that recently resumed in-person sessions. You just learn to make it work, she said.

During months of remote sessions, Grays studio went ahead and gave away or rented kettlebells to clients depending on their membership level.

For Amber Patty, a personal trainer and gymnast in Salt Lake City, online classes have meant more clients and a broader reach. With Upside Down Ambo, she blends body weight exercises with gymnastics movements, and even teaches classes on how to do a handstand.

Theres ways to train people without being there, Patty said. If somebody can't kick up to a wall, I have ways to get them upside down and get them strengthened and get them to a place where they can kick up without being there. ... There definitely is a benefit if I'm right there, but there are camps and classes where the teacher has like 20 people and they just can't really help everyone. So it's still helpful, and I've seen a lot of progress with my clients through Zoom with the handstands.

And as Americans spend more time indoors or socially distantanced, whether youre working out or just trying to survive, Shepphird recommends fighting anxiety or whats the point? thoughts by using tips and tricks from sports psychology.

This is a lot about mindset, Shepphird said. To identify what youcan control, and then focus on putting your effort there is going to make a big difference in the quality of your life on an emotional and mental level. And then another skill that's often used in sport is mindfulness To be aware of what it is that you're experiencing and not judge yourself for whatever it is that you feel, but to just observe it. Not be afraid of your own thoughts, but to allow them to come and then problem solve once you realize what it is that you're feeling.

To say fitness habits are changing is an understatement, Shepphird says. People are working out in new ways and with new frequency.

Tinianov is embracing more family time and different ways to move. Barreca, who used to spend one or two hours on the perfect workout, now does multiple mini-workouts throughout the day while her baby naps. When she does jog, she pretends her mask is a VO2 max increaser because thinking of it as a pandemic mask is sad and thinking of it as a way to increase VO2 max makes it slightly mentally easier. Bryant, who still keeps in touch with her workout crew, has delved into healthier cooking and gets outside more.

Maybe our bodies needed this break, Bryant said. Maybe this is a time we needed to take a break and rest our bodies, rest our minds a little bit, regroup and just use this time wisely.

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Jul 4

Is Fitness The Key To Swimming Faster? Are You Sure? – SwimSwam

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The preponderance of modern swim training is improving fitness. Sure, there is a dollop on technique, but since the prevailing sentiment is that everyone has their own technique, why spend a lot of time on it?

Here is the idea. Swimming a ton of yardage will stimulate your heart to grow bigger (like any other muscle), it will squirt out more blood with each beat, that bigger squirt will carry more oxygen to your muscles, you wont tire out so fast and you will swim faster. Along the way, your capillary bed with grow, improving the delivery of oxygen to your frazzled muscles.

Its easy to measure your fitness. Just get a VO2max test. If you are really fit, you will be in the 70-90 category, or world-class.

Seems simple enough. After all, everyone has had the experience of falling behind on the last leg because they ran out of gas.

But is it that simple?

Lets take Janet Evans as an example. Janet simultaneously held World Records in the 400, 800- and 1500-meter freestyle. Some of her records lasted 19 years. Janet must have been a VO2max beast.


Janet had a VO2max of only 56. How low is that? Well, a couch potato has a VO2max of 46. Her competitors were in the 70-80 group. In other words, Janet was closer to being a couch potato than a world-class swimmer.

But she was world-class. In fact, she was the best for 18-19 years.

Was it her stroke? Was it much more efficient than anyone elses?

It wasnt. It was just average. She did have an unusual over the water recovery stroke, but underwater her stroke was average according to her hand force output curve.

Sowhat did coaches and swim scientists do? Did they put her under a microscope to see why she was so much faster than anyone else with such a low VO2max?

No. They just continued increasing yardage by distance or intensity. Oh yes. They also added in weightlifting.

But I have a habit of investigating highly successful athletes, so I flew down to Southern California where she was competing in a meet and asked her if I could measure her flexibility. It sounds unusual, but I have done this with dozens of elite athletes in many sports.

Janet had average flexibility in her legs, hips and shoulders. When I say average, I mean for elite swimmers.

But there were three areas where she had 50% more flexibility.

Her breathing ranges.

I measure breathing ranges in a three-step process that compensates for athlete size so I can compare a five-year-old age group swimmer with a 68 goliath.

First, I measure the circumference of the stomach (at the belly button), the diaphragm (the top of the costal arch) and the chest (nipple line for men, just below the breasts for women).

Then I have them blow out all their air, ask them to take a deep breath (expanding all three areas) and measure the amount of expansion. I then divide the amount of each expansion by its circumference to get their breathing range.

Janets breathing ranges were all 16%. This means that someone with a 36 chest expands 5.76.

Her competition? The many I have measured were all 10-12%.

So, does this mean anything? It does. When I doubled the chest expansion of one of my athletes from 2 to 4, his lung capacity increased 33%, from 3.22 liters to 4.3 liters.

Do you think you might be able to swim faster if your chest expanded 50-100% more than your competitors?

Another swimmer I measured did. He was a national record holder in the 100-meter freestyle. He had the biggest amount of expansion I have ever measured. His chest was 45 and expanded 9, or 20%. I asked him if he ever got tired during a race. He looked puzzled. Why would I get tired? It was only 100 meters was his response.

Age group swimmers in my swim camps have improved their times up to 18% after just one week of stroke improvement and chest expansion. The most surprising thing? Following up with their parents six months later I found that their grade point average had improved a full letter grade. One gal went from a C+ average to a B+ average, with an A- in physics!

Now, you are probably thinking that 20% chest expansion is something you are born with and have for the rest of your life.

Not true. 20% is something you are born with, but most people lose.

The kids entering my swim camps in 2000 all had less chest expansion than before. I had never seen an across-the-board drop like this in the 15 years I had been running these camps. As I was releasing the microfibers (mild scar tissue) that were restricting their chest expansion, they recalled the stress that tightened up their chests.

Their school backpack.

I was dumbfounded. How could a school backpack permanently reduce chest expansion and lung capacity? So, I did some research. First, I found out that larger and heavier backpacks became common in the mid-90s as schools required more and more books and supplies be carried to school every day. Then I found 8 studies from around the world that measured a reduction in lung capacity when kids put on their school backpack. The reduction was measurable when the backpack weighed only 5% of body weight (no one carries a load that light) and climbed to a 40% reduction when the weight was increased. A survey by the US Department of Education found a 40% drop in freshmen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors between 1996 and 2004. In 1996, college freshmen had been carrying bigger, heavier backpacks for 1 year. In 2004, they had been carrying them for 8 years.

Did these kids swim faster after we undid the damage from their backpacks? Of course they did. Did their grades improve? Yes, they did.

But there are other ways to lose your 20% expansion. Chronic colds and allergies, asthma, bronchitis, pneumoniaespecially when you are youngcan permanently cut chest expansion in half. Sports impacts like trapping a soccer ball with your chest, getting tackled or elbowed in the chest, falling on a football, a car accident or bike fall, texting, playing video games, vaping and emotional or mental stress. In reaction to all these stresses we tighten our muscles and the connective tissue (which is not very bright) thinks we have cracked a rib and so starts to create microfibers to immobilize the area so it can heal. The problem then is two-fold. First, the connective tissue never figured out how to release those microfibers. Second, they tend to accumulate over time, gradually reducing flexibility. Chest, diaphragm and stomach expansion are lost by the ordinary happenings of life.

Oh yes. There are some other ways swimmers lose their breathing ranges (this is not going to make a lot of coaches very happy). Bench presses, push-ups, pull-ups, swim benches, hand paddles, pull buoys, sit-ups and core work are other stresses our swimmers have recalled as we have released microfibers around their chest and stomach. They then took deeper breaths and swam faster.

Sowhat does all this mean?

Should you measure your breathing ranges? Should your whole team measure their breathing ranges? Should you stop doing things that reduce chest expansion and lung capacity?

No. I wouldnt bother. It will just confuse everyone. They already have so much on their plate anyway.

The best thing is just to keep doing what you have always been doing. Maybe increase your yardage or weights just a little bit. Dont do anything too different. After all, everyone knows the formula for success. Why mess with it?

Bob Prichard is President of Somax Performance Institute in Tiburon, CA. His 18 Olympic swimmers have won 43 Gold Medals and set 11 World Records.His age group and mastersswimmers have won state, national and regional championships.A former columnist for theNew York Times, he has worked as an analyst for NBC Sports Olympics and has been cited inSports IllustratedandSportmagazine among many others.

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Jul 4

Why Planet Fitness Stock Was Down 19% in the First Half of 2020 – The Motley Fool

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Shares of gym chain Planet Fitness (NYSE:PLNT) fell 18.9% in the first half of 2020, according to data provided by S&P Global Market Intelligence. To say it's been a bumpy ride is an understatement. From February to March, the stock was down around 70%, but then it climbed right back to where it started the year.

Planet Fitness stock is actually down 19% in just the last month. And a June 29 press release from the Monongalia County Health Department in West Virginia exemplifies why it's going down.

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Gyms aren't great spaces to keep open when trying to stop a pandemic's spread. Health officials and local governments ordered many gyms closed, and there will be lasting consequences. Both Gold's Gym and 24 Hour Fitness filed for bankruptcy, demonstrating the obvious financial burden when doors are forced shut.

For its part, Planet Fitness was in a strong financial situation when the coronavirus pandemic started, and it could gain more market share while its competitors climb out of bankruptcy. Around half of its locations have reopened, membership metrics are unchanged, and gym traffic is returning. All of this explains why the stock came back from March lows.

But the news out of West Virginia is a reminder of how fragile the situation is. A Planet Fitness member tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the local health department to encourage gym members to self-quarantine.

It's one event in a troubling trend. Cases of COVID-19 are rising around the country, and state governors are starting to reevaluate whether gyms should be open. In light of this development, Planet Fitness stock has been trending down over the past month.

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Right now, one of the most important pieces of information for Planet Fitness shareholders is something they don't have access to. It is primarily a franchised business. Therefore, the financial health of the franchisees is crucial information. It's possible for a franchiser to weather a prolonged storm -- like Yum! Brands for example. But a Yum! Brands franchisee, with a whopping 1,200 Pizza Hut locations, just filed for bankruptcy.

This demonstrates it's possible for Planet Fitness to be fine financially while the individual gym operators might not be. There's no way to know for sure; we just don't have concrete information on that.

When its gyms are allowed to operate normally, there's no question Planet Fitness is a top stock to buy. But if the coronavirus causes gyms to close again for an extended time, it could be rough for shareholders for the remainder of 2020. Investors worried about the COVID-19 trend might choose to wait on Planet Fitness for now, electing a safer stock instead.

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Jul 4

Fitness Industry Calls on Congress for Desperately Needed Relief – Club Industry

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Hard-hit health and fitness clubs ask Congress for relief, protection, and stimulus.

BOSTON, MAJune 23, 2020Forced into near-total shut down since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), is calling on the Senate to help Americas health and fitness industry survive so it can continue to employ its nearly three million workers.

As an industry uniquely impacted by the coronavirus, health and fitness clubs are in desperate need of relief to get back on their feet, pay their employees and continue to provide safe, secure, proven places for millions of Americans to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Health and Fitness Clubs are uniquely impacted by the crisis because:

IHRSA, the trade association for the health club industry, has been sounding the alarm on the dire consequences the industry is facing since the early days of the pandemic, even before Congress took up the CARES Act.

With near-total closures and no real opportunities to earn revenues since mid-March, fitness clubs and gyms across the country require financial relief.

I have taken on the responsibility to continue to pay my employees for the time being, but those funds, without income from the business, are finite. We need to support our workers, but for our workers to have jobs in the future, we need to make sure that the economy of the health and wellness industry can rebound, said Kevin Johnson, CEO and owner of Team85 Fitness & Wellness in Bordentown, NJ [which as of June 12 has yet to announce an opening date for clubs.] We need the support of our government to protect our employees, and the actions put in place thus far are not enough to continue this assistance. Without a concerted effort, we will see this industry begin to crumble. Even if the larger facilities can remain open, the small business will not be able to sustain paying the employees without support.

When Congress passed the CARES Act, a large and important segment of the fitness industry, operators with more than 500 employees, was left out. Even those who were able to access some emergency funding found that aid insufficient to keep their businesses open, as many clubs go into their third month of closure. And those eligible for the SBAs Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) were not able to take advantage of the loans with their businesses remaining closed, many with no opening date in sight.

Without much-needed relief, the health and fitness industry, which represents a vital portion of the U.S. economy and the nations health and well-being, faces dire consequences:

If we have learned anything from this experience, it is that those who are healthy have a better chance of being able to survive this type of virus, and it is imperative that the fitness industry be at the forefront of all government entities to improve the health and wellbeing of all their constituents now and in the future, said Johnson. Without Congressional support, one of the most important industries in this world will be withered away to nothing.

Health clubs serve as an integral part of the solution to returning our citizens to a state of good health, a strengthened immune system, better mental health and prosperity. They are deeply ingrained in their communities, serving as community centers in many places, and providing daycare options, swimming lessons, educational classes, and other services that would be lost if they close.

For Americas gyms, studios, health and fitness clubs, and the companies that supply them to survive, and continue to maintain the physical and emotional health of communities across the country, Congress must include relief that can help fitness businesses in any of its upcoming legislative attempts to address COVID-19 related issues.

In its lobbying efforts to save the U.S. health and fitness industry, IHRSA is asking for three categories of relief from Congress: relief, protection, and stimulus.

Without immediate assistance, as many as a quarter of Americas health and fitness clubs will close by the end of 2020. This would be catastrophic to these small business owners, their hundreds of thousands of employees, and the millions of people who use them, said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. In a time where increased physical activity is critical to the countrys physical and mental health, the closure of these clubs would be devastating to communities across the country and could leave many without access to any health and fitness options at a time when they need them the most.


Note: This press release was sent by IHRSA to hundreds of national and political media contacts to highlight the fitness industry's plight. A version of this release was sent to US fitness industry trade media and can be seen here:ihrsa-launches-campaign-for-relief-and-stimulus-from-congress/.

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Jul 4

Fitness tracker study finds signs of coronavirus – The Denver Channel

Roughly 40 million people are estimated to wear a fitness tracker of some kind. Now one of those brands, Fitbit, has teamed up with researchers to try and predict COVID-19 symptoms before they start.

"About seven years ago when these Fitbits and things were coming out as fitness trackers, we said, Well they're probably pretty good physiological markers, not just fitness markers," said Dr. Michael Snyder with Stanford University's School of Medicine.

Dr. Snyder says they were first able to use the technology to help them catch early signs of Lyme disease. The current pandemic has prompted them to take their research a step further.

"They're mostly built around heart rate which we think is better than skin temperature because not everyone gets a fever with COVID," said Dr. Snyder.

Stanford's study is taking place in two phases. In the first, researchers evaluated six months of data in a majority of patients who tested positive for COVID-19. Their research showed COVID-19 patients had an elevated resting heart rate up to nine days before showing any symptoms of the virus.

"I view these as health monitors in the current pandemic. If we start flagging people as early as possible were going to be way [ahead in reducing] the number of cases, probably help people in saying no you shouldnt go to work today. So, it has broad implications for the economy, pandemic spread and personal health period," said Dr. Snyder.

Senior Vice President and General Manager of Fitbit Health Solutions, Amy McDonough, agrees.

"In particular, resting heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing rate all might change as your body is fighting off illness. So the study is really to look at what are the expressed changes that might happen," said McDonough.

"I think your immune system engages pretty quickly when you get ill and the cells are probably consuming a lot of energy and your heart needs to pound away to create some of them," said Dr. Snyder.

Stanford's second phase of the study starts soon. People who have a fitness tracker can sign up and anonymously share their fitness data. Then, they can get alerted when researchers detect an elevated resting heart rate and possible early signs of contracting a virus.

"To be able to do that earlier detection can help keep people safe and help understand their body and when they might be fighting off illness," said McDonough.

Dr. Snyder is confident in the technology, which he says helped him detect his own case of Lyme disease. "In one case which was on me, it was pretty clear I was ill because of the bio marker but I didnt feel symptoms and my watch even picked that up. So what that tells you is it can detect disease when youre presymptomatic as well as in asymptomatic cases which is pretty powerful," said Dr. Snyder.

People can sign up for Stanford's study by logging into their Fitbit app or heading to

As for what Dr. Snyder hopes to take away from this study, he said "I hope to plant a wearable device on every person on the planet. Sixty percent of people have a smartphone so it's totally scalable. These are not expensive devices. They could be a lot cheaper than they are and obviously the ones in the future will be much more health-oriented."

Eventually they hope to be able to detect the severity of an illness, as well.

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Home gyms, online training give hope to fitness freaks – The Tribune India

Neha Saini

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 3

With several businesses beginning to find their feet after the Covid pandemic, the fitness industry, however, is still awaiting resumption. With no immediate scope of reopening in sight, the professionals of the industry say that it will be a very slow transition towards the new normal whenever the gyms are allowed to open.

Though the awareness related to health and fitness has increased during the lockdown, given that people have been consciously working to build their immunity, the business will take quite some time to adjust to the new normal, said Aman Aggarwal, who is a manufacturer and supplier for fitness equipment.

In the absence of gyms and fitness studios, other alternatives have mushroomed as being fit has always been a prime priority for the masses. As a result, home gyms have captured the limelight and is the new fitness trend among the fitness freaks. Apart from that, personal training through social media platforms and online portals too has come up. A majority of city-based fitness coaches are going for online fitness videos and personalised home training.

There has been a huge emphasis on fitness and immunity during last few months due to pandemic. People are becoming aware and with social media and online platforms, its easier to train and exercise safely at home. So, a lot of people are opting for online training and classes, whether its Zumba, power yoga, dance-based workouts, said Preeti Singh, a fitness coach and a dance coach.


Aman Aggarwal, manufacture and supplier of fitness equipments

The shift towards home gyms has contributed to 300% to 400% increase in demand and sales of fitness equipment used in home gyms, both offline and online. Dumbles, light rods, plates, treadmills and basic gym equipment demands are so high that its difficult to meet with requirement.

Preeti Singh, power yoga instructor

I have been conducting power yoga classes five days a week and we have received tremendous response on our online platform. The fact that fitness industry has shifted to digital platforms to survive this challenging period is what would become the future of this industry as well.

Neeraj Nayyar, gym and fitness equipment manufacturer

The trend of home gyms have provided the boost to business with people inclined to buy basic workout equipment. The sales are promising and would continue to be so if the gyms and health studios do not open for long. The fitness industry was already booming before the lockdown.

Sunil Sharma, fitness coach

People have become more aware about fitness regimen during the lockdown. Until the gym and fitness arenas open, we are giving online personal training and home classes depending upon the safety and assurance by the clients. All the safety mandations including masks, gloves are used while home training. The workouts are done keeping in mind social distancing so only one or two clients are scheduled for home appointments in a day.

Home gyms, online training give hope to fitness freaks - The Tribune India

Jul 4

Registration for Year Two of The Iron Games Fitness Festival Opens Up – Morning Chalk Up

Registration for Year Two of The Iron Games Fitness Festival Opens Up | Morning Chalk Up

Photo Credit: The Iron Games

The campus of Southern Utah University will once again play host to the Iron Games Fitness Festival on September 10-12 in Cedar City, Utah. Hosted by Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games, The Iron Games registration opened upon Tuesday and will run till August 7.

The details:The Iron Games is in its second year of existence after debuting last year with great fanfare and media coverage as the Buttery Bros and the Morning Chalk Ups very own Tommy Marquez competed and documented their exploitscompeting in the Elite Team of Three Division.

One big thing: The COVID-19 pandemic caused cancelations to competitions globally, including the majority of the 2020 Sanctional season. Competitions big and small were forced to cancel due to state-level public health guidelines. Following Mayhem Madness (August 2-9), the Masters Fitness Collective (August 20-23) and Pit Fitness Ranch Teen Games (September 3-6) the Iron Games is the first planned, in-person, major individual and team competition since the Brazil CrossFit Championship and Australian CrossFit Championship each concluded on March 8. For Games and Sanctional hopefuls that saw their season come to an end due to the pandemic, the Iron Games could provide a conclusion to their 2020 training season before the upcoming season begins.

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