July 20, 1992 |
Somehow, it's fitting. Here in the epicenter of the buffed and tummy-tucked stand two of the nation's most spectacular health clubs--facing one another across the San Diego Freeway, mirror monuments to Southern California's preoccupation with appearance. First came the $30-million Sports Club--a 125,000-square-foot spa with such amenities as a basketball court, swimming pool, rock-climbing wall, child care center and restaurant.
October 11, 2004 |
It's official: Pilates has gone from being just an exercise to a full-on lifestyle. At least that's the opinion of the new Pilates Style magazine, a polished quarterly publication covering the ever-expanding world of Pilates, from how to find a studio to what to wear to class, destination spas, makeup tips and step-by-step exercises. As an exercise program, Pilates concentrates on developing core muscles through toning and stretching, which can be done with and without equipment.
March 4, 2001 |
What kind of weight training do you need to run the Boston Marathon? Weekend athletes increasingly are paying experts to give them answers to questions like that. Personal trainers, once hired only by sports professionals and the rich, are becoming more common at health clubs. "I work more with your average middle-aged client--more specifically, people who would like to do a first-time event, particularly the Boston Marathon," said Alexis Tyson, a personal trainer at the Boston Athletic Club.
March 4, 1997 |
Stuart Broster, managing director of Stakis Plc's chain of LivingWell health and leisure clubs, has a novel pitch to sell Britons on his gyms: the more you work out, the more curry and beer calories you can afford to consume afterward. The British are increasingly aware of the benefits of exercise, and thanks to one of Europe's healthiest economies, they have more money to spend. That's encouraging U.K.
February 15, 2004 |
My passage through Singapore's tidy Changi Airport in September was swift and uneventful. Boy, did I miss out. Had I lingered, I could have gotten a foot massage, soaked in a private spa, grazed a buffet, strolled by an orchid garden and lounged in a simulated jungle, among other activities. "It seems like you don't even need a hotel," said reader Lee Botsford of Del Mar, Calif., who later wrote an e-mail alerting me to Changi's charms.
February 16, 1999 |
More than 30 overweight women and men chanted "Eat me!" while some performed aerobics on the sidewalk in front of a health club to protest a new ad campaign they say demoralizes fat people. The "fat advocates" banded together to protest a 24 Hour Fitness billboard campaign that depicts a hungry space alien and reads, "When they come, they will eat the fat ones first." Company officials say they didn't intend to offend anyone.
December 1, 1989 |
When local developers want to put a little more pizazz into their office parks, they often try to get a hotel to locate nearby. It is also fashionable these days to have a restaurant or two around, preferably one with a chic name that sounds vaguely Italian or Southwestern. In some buildings you can even get your car washed and detailed or have a concierge take your suit to the cleaners. Now there a new wrinkle: health clubs.
December 1, 1989 |
When local developers want to put a little more pizazz into their office parks, they often try to get a hotel to locate nearby. It's also fashionable these days to have a restaurant or two around, preferably one with a chic name that sounds vaguely Italian or Southwestern. In some buildings, you can even get your car washed and detailed or have a concierge take your suit to the cleaners. But now--you'll pardon the expression--there is a new wrinkle: health clubs.
February 14, 1996 |
Primed for a great workout, you head to Exercise Bike Row at your health club, planning to pedal to China. Then you feel the sweat. And realize it is not your own. There's nothing like someone else's sweat beads--or worse--on exercise equipment at the gym to send you back into the arms of your couch. Along with reasonable monthly fees, state-of-the-art equipment and a helpful staff, a clean environment ranks right up there on the must-have list, say health club operators.
January 26, 1996 |
It's January, the time when millions of Americans stare at their swollen gut and declare, "That's it! This is the year I'm going to get in shape." Health clubs know this and at this time of year promise rock-hard bodies at rock-bottom prices--but for a limited time only. Harder perhaps than instant muscles is comparison shopping for a fitness center. Those "$5 a month" come-ons that sound too good to be true usually are.