Three for the road: Fitness gets in gear

August 3, 2013

GoodLife Fitness App for iOS now available

It's easily adjusted while running using a single four-way button, tracking your pace, distance, and time. The only problem I encountered was that the waterproof watch is so comfortable and light that I would forget I had it on and neglect to end the timing session after a run (my minutes per mile times were much better than posted, honest). After a workout, the watch face pops out of the band and into a supplied USB cradle connected to a computer where you can check miles covered, calories burned, and max workouts 90 day programme even create an outdoor running route. Like most watch-style trainers, if you want to monitor your heart rate, a separate chest strap is required. TomTom offers a watch and heart rate monitor package for $220. No matter how many chest strap monitors I've tried, however, I've never found one that's completely comfortable or doesn't make me feel like I'm part of a medical experiment. (You may feel differently.) Withings Pulse, $99 Like Nike's $149 FuelBand and Fitbit's $99 Flex, the Withings Pulse is intended for those people trying to raise their daily calorie burn rate (and in the process, hopefully, lose weight).
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/07/31/three-for-road-fitness-gets-in-gear/

Since Jawbone Up tracks sleep patterns as well, Appirio employees have taken it upon themselves to make sure that their coworkers are coming to work rested and at their best. The ability to me to be just conscious and aware, and frankly have other people on the teamincluding our corporate trainergive me grief like, Barbin, you only had two hours of deep sleep last night, get some more sleep, leads to [more sleep] and more productivity during the day, where you dont have the lulls youd normally have,he said. Equally important is how the program has brought employees together socially. Literally,people are posting all day long [on Salesforce Chatter], challenging one another, giving one another motivationor grief, Barbin raved. Appirio is just starting to break down the data, but the early results are impressive.Athird of the participants have lost 10 pounds or more. A dozen employees have moved from a high-risk cholesterol level to moderate risk, thanks to the personal trainer sessions.
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/centurylink/2013/08/01/how-a-virtual-fitness-plan-pushed-300-coworkers-to-lose-weight/

At 75, Seven Hills fitness instructor keeps students on toes

Features of the free GoodLife Fitness App Club Information Users can find the closest club using the phone's GPS Find location information, hours of operation, and review the full list of available club amenities See Group Exercise class schedules Favourites Create a profile and choose a home club Add more clubs and fitness classes to a list of favourites for quick access Class Schedules Add Group Exercise classes to your calendar and schedule reminders Activity Tracking Keep track of activities and schedule workouts Health & Fitness Content Check out helpful videos and health and fitness content pulled right from the GoodLife Blog Non-Members Get access to a free 3 Visit Pass to any of our 300+ locations "At launch, the GoodLife Fitness App includes a number of features that are highly-compatible with other aspects of your iPhone to make it very user-friendly," says Justin Cipparone, GoodLife's Digital Marketing Manager. "With an Android version launching in 2014 and a number of key additions, we're very excited to continue growing the capabilities of our app to include many more features." The app is available now at AppStore.com/GoodlifeFitness Requirements:Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This App is optimized for iPhone 5 About GoodLife Fitness Founded in 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness company inCanada. With over 300 clubs from coast-to-coast, over 12,600 Associates and more than 877,000 members, GoodLife is helping to transform the health and wellness of 1 in 39 Canadians every day.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/goodlife-fitness-app-launches-now-133000425.html

Nicholas Trosko , the company's director of operations, told me the gym intends to open in early October, with pre-selling beginning in mid-August. Related: Redwood City lands VillaSport - 130K sq ft of fitness, water slides and spas "We're looking to come in pretty aggressively and are actively looking for spots in other locations," Trosko said. The arrival marks the latest entrant in the increasingly competitive world of fitness in Silicon Valley. Most notably, LA Fitness-owned City Sports has ramped up in the region, with a slew of deals signed last year. San Ramon-based 24 Hour Fitness continues to lock up new locations. And smaller players like Retro Fitness and Total Woman are also scouting for sites.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2013/07/31/california-ripped-fitness-muscles-in.html

The great fitness band shootout

It includes a small LED display and button that allow you to see the fuel accrued for the day, as well as calories, steps, and active time. It goes on and off the wrist by an interlocking clasp where the USB interface is concealed. The Jawbone Up is a bendy wrap bracelet that you distort to clasp onto your wrist. It has no display, but on one end there is a button that allows you to put the band into various modes (press and hold to toggle between sleep and waking mode, press twice and then hold to log an activity, and so on). The other, disconnected end of the bracelet has a 3.5 mm jack concealed by a cap that must be plugged into a device running Android or iOS to sync the activity log to an app.
Source: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/07/the-great-fitness-band-shootout/

California Ripped Fitness muscles into San Jose fitness scene

The app has basic features and gives those who download it instant access to club details, classes, and the ability to somewhat customize a workout. Overall, it seems like theyre on a mission to gather as much personal info as possible. There are some unique features about the GoodLife app, such as scheduling a workout and tracking/sharing your workout activity. You can also embed a playlist to keep you inspired. However, the app does fall short on many levels. I know the goal for GoodLife is to bring new members into the club and potentially hire a personal trainer, but missing is the personal connection to their 877,000 members. Currently the only way to gain workout advise it to visit their blog or scattered YouTube channel within the app.
Source: http://mobilesyrup.com/2013/08/02/goodlife-fitness-app-for-ios-now-available/

It's that vibe that has helped make Anytime Fitness the fastest growing fitness club in the world, according to a report released this year by The International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association, a title the company has held for the last six years. In 11 years, the Minneapolis-based chain has expanded to more than 2,200 clubs worldwide, in all 50 U.S. states and 14 countries. By comparison, it took Subway 23 years to reach 2,000 restaurants and McDonald's ( MCD ) 32 years to reach 2,000 restaurants. MORE: How Walgreen plans to reinvent the drug store Anytime lacks some of the traditional trappings of a gym, but it does have plenty of classes. Walk in, and you will find a kiosk holding more than 100 different video classes that are accessible at all times.
Source: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/07/31/anytime-fitness/

Meet the world's fastest-growing fitness chain

When she reached her 70's she decided to become an instructor. "It was intimidating walking in for my last certification at age 75 and seeing all these teenie boppers in the room with me," White said. She survived the day-long physical challenge and the hour-long written test and began working as an instructor. In addition to working part-time at the rec center, she also teaches employee fitness classes at the Lubrizol Corporation in Brecksville. The women in White's body sculpting class at the rec range from their 30's to 50's. During the class each student uses chairs, pilates bands and weights combined with low-energy movements to tone their muscles. "You'll find most of the 20-somethings lining up for Zumba ," White said.
Source: http://www.cleveland.com/seven-hills/index.ssf/2013/08/at_75_seven_hills_fitness_inst.html

Newark Councilman Darrin Shariff's fitness event highlights obesity in children

Several fitness activities were scheduled for the morning including Zumba, football and track & field events. According to a representative from Mr. Shariff's office, the event was created to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic in Newark and to get the children out of the house and into the park where they can take part in various fitness exercises. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center was on hand to provide information on nutrition, fitness, stroke prevention & heart health. According to their representatives, the obesity issues has reached epidemic proportions.
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/newark-councilman-darrin-shariff-s-fitness-event-highlights-obesity-children

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