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January 4, 1990 | LUZ VILLARREAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Clad in a red sweat shirt and blue sweat pants, Gaylynn Ambrose was lying on an exercise mat with about 40 other people, stretching and lifting her legs and arms. The 40-year-old Huntington Beach woman started her New Year's resolution during her lunch hour Wednesday at the Family Fitness Center in Costa Mesa. "It's a life resolution that starts today," she said. "I feel there are going to be results."
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January 26, 1997 | IRA DREYFUSS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
At many health clubs, the condition of a new member's heart is a great unknown, a study finds. These clubs don't even ask prospective members if they have symptoms of heart disease, the report said. Although exercise in general is safe as well as healthy, these clubs are raising risks they ought to be lowering, said researcher Kyle J. McInnis, a professor of exercise physiology at Boston University Medical Center.
NEWS
July 20, 1992 | SUSAN CHRISTIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 4, 2001 | IRA DREYFUSS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1997 | From Bloomberg News
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.
HEALTH
February 17, 2003 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
Imagine: You step into a health club and instead of the usual "boom, boom, boom" of the generic house music you're greeted with the soothing strains of jazz legend Stan Getz. In place of the frenzied front desk area there's a calming bamboo garden and waterfall. After your workout, you relax in a beautifully appointed lounge or dine on gourmet food prepared by one of the city's top chefs. It can be yours -- if you're willing to pay $100 a month for a health-club membership.
TRAVEL
February 15, 2004 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
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.
HEALTH
October 11, 2004 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
February 16, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
BUSINESS
December 1, 1989 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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