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Indulge your gym lover with this last-minute gift guide - The Globe and Mail
One of the best memoirs I’ve read, Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder tells the story of Sam Fussell, bookish Oxford graduate turned steroid-abusing powerhouse. Whether recalling the halcyon days of the 1980s California lifting scene or analyzing the insecurities that fuelled his torturous workouts, Fussell’s impressive literary chops make this a must-read.

Part instructional guide, part historical encyclopedia, The Purposeful Primitive is a contemporary classic of weightlifting literature. Marty Gallagher, powerlifting coach extraordinaire, digs deep into the history of physical culture, delivering biographical portraits of iron giants such as Bill Pearl, Dorian Yates and Ed Coan while dissecting the training methods that made these men legends.

Regular readers of my column know that consistency is the key to achieving your fitness goals. In Atomic Habits, author and self-improvement guru James Clear outlines a practical framework for improving just about every aspect of your life through the power of habit. Needless to say, the strategies put forth in this instant bestseller have implications that reach far beyond the gym.
books  consistency  fitness  footwear  gift_ideas  gyms  habits  self-improvement  shoes  strength_training 
december 2018 by jerryking
Technogym steps up pace to win world fitness race
November 18, 2018 | Financial Times | Rachel Sanderson in Milan

Technogym, the Italian maker of top end gym equipment, is launching a new platform to broadcast live and on-demand workouts from top gyms worldwide as the race for fitness tech heats up.

The Milan-listed company, founded by owner and chief executive Nerio Alessandri in 1983, will launch Technogym Live in January starting first in the UK and Italy. It will allow owners of Technogym equipment fitted with broadcast consoles to watch cycling, running, rowing, boxing and boot camp classes from its partner fitness studios around the world.

The move comes as fitness has become a new frontier for the tech industry. Fitness streaming apps, such as audio app Aaptiv, connected to home equipment such as start-up Peloton Interactive stationary bicycles have become a big growth area.
fitness  gyms  Peloton  platforms  Technogym  connected_devices  wellness 
november 2018 by jerryking
Are you cheating at the gym? | The GoodLife Fitness Blog
most common short cuts.
SWINGING
Lifting weights is built of two parts, the concentric and eccentric, or the contract and stretch. If you’re swinging into the move to build momentum then you’re not able to control the eccentric phase and you sacrifice results. You also risk injury when you’re not in control. Use a one second count on the concentric movement, and four on the eccentric.
strength_training  shortcuts  exercise  fitness  gyms  cheating 
july 2018 by jerryking
Japanese convenience stores limber up in effort to spur growth
April 15, 2018 | FT | Leo Lewis and Robin Harding in Tokyo YESTERDAY.

Over the next five years, FamilyMart — Japan’s second-biggest convenience store chain with revenues of ¥3.1tn ($29.5bn) — plans to open 300 Fit & Go gyms in a challenge to its two largest competitors, Seven & i Holdings and Lawson.

FamilyMart’s move into fitness highlights powerful trends that are transforming Japanese retail. They are creating fresh opportunities, say analysts, for the mighty konbini (a transliteration of “convenience”) to seize an ever greater share of consumer spend.

“Current social patterns — the rise of working women, the ageing population — are a strong following wind for the convenience store industry,” said Sadanobu Takemasu, chief executive of Lawson, the third-largest operator with ¥2.6tn sales and 14,000 stores. Rural depopulation is also on their side, with a konbini often the last shop standing in many communities.

“There are people who think Japan can manage with nothing but ecommerce and convenience stores. The big dry goods like toilet paper would come online,” he added. “All the day-to-day goods would come from the convenience store.”

But, say analysts, even the konbini face the challenge of population decline. Footfall at stores open for more than a year has fallen for 24 months in a row, the longest period since the Japan Franchise Association began compiling the statistics in 2004.

The answer to lower footfall is more revenue per customer. Having achieved dominance of their own industry through consolidation, the konbini are moving into other sectors, taking on supermarkets, coffee shops, drug stores and fast-food chains......“The convenience stores’ biggest challenge is the absence of a new category big enough to give the whole industry a lift,” said Mr Kawano, who added that even the ready-to-eat likes of the Famichiki had yet to prove their power to transform. “Each group is investing more in its fast-food offering — but there has been nothing revolutionary, no game changer.”
convenience_stores  retailers  Japanese  prepared_meals  Japan  foot_traffic  gyms  fast-food  trends  new_categories 
april 2018 by jerryking
The dumb-bell economy: inside the booming business of exercise
FEBRUARY 9, 2018 | FT | Jo Ellison.

Where once consumers looked for acquisitions to express their status, our spending habits are shifting towards more holistic expenditures. In the past 20 years, the leisure industry has emerged as one of the most dynamic, disruptive and fashionable of forces. It’s all part of a new focus on the “lifestyle experience”, a trend that has possessed consumers and found luxury brands spiking with sporty new offerings — sneakers, leggings, apps and accessories — designed to harness the burgeoning market. As Harvey Spevak, the executive chairman and managing partner of the Equinox group, likes to say: “Health is the new wealth.”
.....2019 will see the first Equinox hotel opening in New York’s Hudson Yards, the first in a rollout of Equinox hotels earmarked for billions more in investment. The hotels will be founded on the same full-service ideal as the clubs. “Our vision for the hotels is to cater to the high-performance traveller,” says Spevak, “and we think about it as we do, historically, from a science perspective. We call it MNR — movement, nutrition and recovery — where a high-performance lifestyle and a healthy lifestyle is a three-legged stool.”.....as our lives have become busier, atomised and more urban, the gym has emerged as the new place in which to gather: to be part of a community....not only are millennials more likely to buy gym memberships, they’re driving the boutique business as well. The rise of the group workout, club membership and all of the attendant accessories that come with it have become part of the new language of “wellness”......Where you work out, who you work out with, and what you wear to work out in have become totems of fashionability. Spevak traces the first shoots of the wellness trend to 9/11, when he saw a jump in the number of people becoming focused on holistic health and taking care of themselves.
....But more than anything, the fitness boom must be a corollary of a digital revolution in which working out has become a ubiquitous feature of our online life; ....Minton agrees that a gym’s success depends on cultivating this tribal loyalty, delivering a unique experience and then selling product that marks its members out. “Some of the most interesting clubs are those that are expanding into less obvious areas,” he says. “We now have over 600 boutiques across the UK and they are growing faster than traditional gyms as they have a smaller footprint and can take pop-up spaces.......The experiential market is throwing a lifeline to retailers, as well. “The fashion link is growing,” adds Minton. “Fitness apparel brands like Lululemon, Sweaty Betty, Reebok, Nike all now offer free in-store workouts, which provide them with an opportunity to market their brand lifestyles more directly and forge a connection with the consumer.”.......“The demise of retail is a permanent shift,” says Spevak. “It doesn’t mean retail’s going to go away, but it’s going to look very different. The consumer, in my opinion, will continue to buy nice things for themselves, but I think in the scheme of priorities the experience is more important than the handbag.”
fitness  exercise  London  United_Kingdom  gyms  wellness  rollouts  strength_training  boutiques  leisure  Equinox  millennials  experiential_marketing  small_spaces  pop-ups  non-obvious  upscale  retailers  in-store 
february 2018 by jerryking
3 Ways To Build A Better Mind-Muscle Connection
Todd Bumgardner
July 20, 2016

1. Cueing Mantras

The meditative "om" is often misunderstood, but it's been used for centuries for a reason: It works. This simple, one-syllable utterance cuts away the outside world and gives a meditator the means to travel inward. We can use the same process to improve our exercise performance and focus.

The means are simple, and what I like to call "three-letter self-cueing mantras." Think about the most impactful tasks a lift requires: getting into the starting position, finding a good middle position, and performing the lift forcefully. Let's use the deadlift as the example.

You want to start, and finish the lift, tall and tight. You have to reach into a good bottom position before lifting, and you have to drive the floor away for a solid lift. The deadlift mantra, then, is TRD: Tall and Tight. Reach. Drive.
deadlifts  exercise  fitness  gyms  mantras  mindfulness  self-talk  strength_training 
june 2017 by jerryking
The Fitness Shift That Should Worry Every Gym Owner - WSJ
By RACHEL BACHMAN
Jan. 21, 2017

Streaming fitness is surging. So are services that let people sample nearby fitness studios for a monthly fee, according to new data from Atlanta-based firm Cardlytics. Many subscribers to these on-demand fitness options are siphoning spending from traditional gyms, the data shows.

Payments to on-demand fitness services jumped to 7.7% of total spending on workouts last year, up from 4.8% two years earlier, according to Cardlytics. Spending for on-demand fitness now exceeds spending at yoga and Pilates studios, according to the data.

Traditional gyms still command the overwhelming majority of workout spending, but that share fell to about 73% in 2016 from nearly 78% in 2014.
fitness  trends  on-demand  gyms  streaming 
january 2017 by jerryking
Ditch this outdated upper-body exercise in 2017 - The Globe and Mail
KATHLEEN TROTTER
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2017
exercise  gyms  fitness  things_to_do 
january 2017 by jerryking
Bulking up: How GoodLife became Canada's dominant gym - The Globe and Mail
John Daly, photography by Hubert Kang

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Mar. 27 2014
GoodLife  gyms  fitness  entrepreneur  growth 
march 2014 by jerryking
Why Madonna’s gym is heating up Toronto - The Globe and Mail
KELLI KORDUCKI

The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Mar. 07 2014,
gyms  fitness  exercise  niches  Toronto  urban  stylish  upscale 
march 2014 by jerryking
Workouts, Times 2 (or 3)
By COURTNEY RUBIN
Published: May 4, 2012

These women (and nearly all of them are women) who sweat through double and occasionally triple workouts at different boutique fitness outfits in the same day aren’t major-league athletes or required to look good for a living. Most are professionals with full-time jobs, yet they manage to spend some two hours a day — and upward of $500 a month — exercising. (By comparison, a membership at the upscale Equinox gym chain ranges from $149 to $183 a month.)....multiple-gym membership is also popular in “affluent metro areas” like San Francisco and Boston, but the phenomenon of two or more separate, specialized gyms in one day “is definitely a Type-A New Yorker thing.”

How is this different from, say, hitting an elliptical machine and following it up with weights?

For one, the boutique gym workouts may be tougher. “These gyms are expensive, but they’re a cheaper way of having a personal trainer all the time,”.....“They’re small groups and they push you hard.”.....Much-higher-than-expected demand for the all-studio, all-access option forced the company to raise the price from $760 a month to $1,000 within three months of opening, she said, though FITiST does not encourage doubles or “necessarily think they’re healthy.”...
fitness  gyms  exercise  New_York_City  Manhattan  boutiques  upscale 
may 2012 by jerryking
Jon Jones: A Formidable UFC Champ in a Forbidden City - WSJ.com
April 18, 2012, 8:25 p.m. ET

A Formidable Champ in a Forbidden City

By JASON GAY
fitness  exercise  preparation  gyms  MMA 
april 2012 by jerryking
Jason Gay: The 27 Rules of Conquering the Gym - WSJ.com
JANUARY 5, 2012

The 27 Rules of Conquering the Gym

By JASON GAY
exercise  fitness  funnies  gyms 
january 2012 by jerryking
The economics of working out - The Globe and Mail
PREET BANERJEE
Globe and Mail Update
Published Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011
exercise  fitness  gyms  economics  workouts  cost-consciousness 
august 2011 by jerryking
The gym comes to the park « Spacing Magazine
Issue 14: Spring-Summer 2009 /// Infrastructure Fetish
The gym comes to the park
By MIke Bulko
calisthenics  exercise  fitness  functional_strength  gyms  outdoors  parks  Toronto 
august 2011 by jerryking
Health Journal: Why 'Core Strength' Workouts Work - WSJ.com
MARCH 16, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by KEVIN HELLIKER. Hit the Floor and Give Me a Dozen...Pillar Bridges
abdominals  core_stability  exercise  fitness  gyms 
march 2010 by jerryking
At Gyms, Older Members and More Efforts to Cater to Them - NYTimes.com
March 3, 2010 | New York Times | By JOHN HANC. send to contacts form October's CARP conference, (Edna Levitt)
gyms  fitness  exercise  retirement  baby_boomers  CARP 
march 2010 by jerryking

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