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ABC Fitness Solutions unveils ABC IGNITE, a next generation club management solution that simplifies the business of fitness – WABI

Posted: October 14, 2021 at 2:01 am

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 10:15 AM EDT|Updated: 15 hours ago

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --ABC Fitness Solutions (ABC), the leading technology and related services provider for the fitness industry, today unveiled ABC IGNITE, the most sophisticated and comprehensive suite of club management solutions. With a modern new design, intuitive user experience, and flexible modular approach, ABC IGNITE reimagines ABC's core competencies that the industry has relied on for 40 years, such as member management, billing and reporting, and adds newly expanded capabilities to simplify how club owners and operators run their businesses.

As the fitness industry enters a new phase where member engagement, actionable insights and flexibility are crucial to success. ABC IGNITE equips club operators of all sizes with the solutions needed to grow and prosper. "We are on a journey to help redefine how fitness operators and members interact with technology to reach their respective goals, and to simplify the business of fitness," says Bill Davis, CEO of ABC Fitness Solutions. "The release of ABC IGNITE is just the beginning of the innovations we are bringing to help clubs thrive. I am really proud of the team and excited for gym operators to experience the new technology."

Today, the average club operator uses 6-8 disparate software applications to run their club. Making these solutions work together is complex, time consuming and largely inefficient, particularly when you consider higher than average employee turnover rates. ABC IGNITE, a deeply integrated and flexible solution, is uniquely positioned to solve these challenges, helping clubs operate more effectively and lowering their total cost of technology ownership. The intuitive design and user experience makes it easy for team members to learn and operate the suite and the robust capabilities bring operational efficiency to all the different roles in a club.

The 6 modules within the IGNITE solution are:

"As we look towards 2022 and beyond, specifically through the lens of our vision and capabilities of our new and expanded product suite, I am more excited than ever to be in this industry," says Davis. "We are investing tens of millions of dollars a year into our technology and are committed to delivering even more growth-oriented solutions based on the IGNITE suite, with personalized services from our team of trusted experts into the future. With ABC at their side, clubs are able to deliver differentiated member experiences with ease while optimizing revenue and maximizing operational efficiencies that's the power of the integrated suite."

"What ABC is bringing to market looks fresh and clean!" said Nick Barshick, Chief Operating Officer of CHUZE Fitness, who recently got a sneak peek of ABC's new IGNITE suite. "The Club Home experience is going to put many of the initial functions our staff does on one screen. Persistent check-in functionality is a game changer and the new look and feel is a nice upgrade. I expect this will improve productivity and efficiency at the front desk, give us more time to spend with members, and save time spent on training and onboarding new staff. We are excited to go live."

The ABC IGNITE modular approach lets club operators pay for only what they need and add products and services as their businesses evolve. ABC is working with select companies now to beta test the suite ahead of the rollout in the second quarter 2022 when we will begin upgrading existing ABC customers at no additional cost.

About ABC Fitness SolutionsABC Fitness Solutions (abcfitness.com) is the premier provider of software and related services for thehealth andfitness industry. Building ona reputation for excellence in support for clubs and their members,ABC is the trusted provider to boost performance and create aTotalFitnessExperience for members of clubs of all sizes, whether anationalfranchise, regionalchainor alocalgym. Founded in 1981, ABC helps nearly 16,000 clubs and facilities in 116 countries perform better and more profitably, offering a comprehensive SaaS club management solution that enables club operators to achieve optimal performance. ABCFitness Solutionsis aThomaBravo portfolio company, a private equity firm focused on investing in software and technology companies (thomabravo.com).

ABC Fitness Solutions Media Contact: Ian Twinn | iantwinn@tandemcomms.com

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Orangetheory Fitness Has Revived the Annual Hell Week Workout Challenge Our Muscles Are… – POPSUGAR

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Eight years since its inception, Orangetheory Fitness is bringing back its beloved and demanding Halloween challenge, Hell Week. Themed as "Hell Week Has Been Hacked," a mysterious and intense eight-day challenge awaits Orangetheory Fitness members.

Within eight days, those who accept the challenge must complete at least five of the eight themed classes which will be held at participating locations from Oct. 24 through Oct. 31. Orangetheory Fitness told POPSUGAR "this challenge is designed to challenge members more than the normal workouts where members test their willpower, determination, discipline and endurance."

Ready to put yourself through a hell of a workout? Then keep reading to find out how you can sign up, what themes await, and a first-look at the T-shirt you could be sporting by this Halloween.

Since 2013, Orangetheory Fitness has been raising hell every year in the week leading up to Halloween. What originally started as a challenge to complete four classes in five days, has now been made only slightly less hellish (since 2016) by expanding the challenge to completing five classes in eight days.

To participate, you just have to become a member of Orangetheory Fitness, and register at the front desk of your participating location. Cost to register is $15. Then complete five of the eight themed classes below and the T-shirt is yours!

While the specific exercises for each of the daily themes for Hell Week won't be unveiled before the eight-day event begins, Orangetheory mentioned to POPSUGAR that each day will focus on specific muscle groups. By the end of Hell Week we expect that all of our muscles will be on fire like we're burning in hell. Below check out the list of themes and try to guess what each day will entail.

Before you jump right into Hell Week, especially if you're new to Orangetheory Fitness, make sure to get familiar with the various types of rowing, strength training, and cardio workout classes already on the schedule. Whether you're a longtime member or brand new to Orangetheory Fitness, be sure to stay hydrated before, during, and after your workouts as well as stay well nourished before and after your workouts.

If you're ready to go through hell week you can sign up for a membership on the Orangetheory Fitness website or app. Then register at the front desk of your nearest participating studio for Hell Week.

Below is the exclusive first-look at the Orangetheory Fitness Hell Week T-shirt you can earn once you complete five or more workouts.

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Mindbody is buying ClassPass as in-person fitness rebounds – Fast Company

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Hold on to your yoga mats. Mindbody is acquiring ClassPass, the companies announced today.

The deal between the wellness experience platform and the monthly subscription service comes amid a rebound for the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people seek out in-person fitness and wellness opportunities.

In areas of the United States that have opened up, both sectors are seeing people eagerly sign up for everything from Pilates sessions to yoga classes to massages, Mindbody and ClassPass say. In fact, their research shows that 80% of consumers consider wellness to be more important than ever, with usage on both returning to pre-COVID levels, if not higher.

ClassPass and Mindbody have been partners since 2014 and over the years have discussed bringing the two companies together, according to Mindbody CEO Josh McCarter. Studios on Mindbody wont be required to join ClassPass or vice versa.

People are getting back to in-person classes, McCarder tells Fast Company. We surge every time a market opens up. People are eager to get back to their wellness community.

The acquisition will be an all-stock deal at a non-disclosed price, according to the two companies. The ClassPass name will be retained. ClassPass CEO Fritz Lanman will serve as president of ClassPass and Mindbody Marketplace.

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Planet Fitness Opens In Toms River Shopping Plaza – Patch.com

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TOMS RIVER, NJ Planet Fitness has opened its new club at the Toms River Shopping Plaza.

The national fitness chain held its grand opening at the plaza, in the former Modell's Sporting Goods space, on Tuesday.

It's the third Planet Fitness in the Toms River area; there is one on Fischer Boulevard in the Bellcrest Plaza and one in South Toms River, on Main Street.

It's open 24 hours a day Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Planet Fitness has taken several steps to enhance cleanliness policies and procedures to protect the health and wellness of members, employees and the local community, including touchless check-in via the free Planet Fitness app; a Crowd Meter feature on the app that allows members to check club capacity in real-time before even leaving the house; increased sanitization every 20 minutes to continually clean and sanitize high-touch areas, and cleaning stations available for member use; and mask policies in accordance with local and state requirements.

"We are excited to bring our Judgement Free fitness experience to the Toms River community," said Mary Bradley, senior vice president. "At Planet Fitness, we offer an affordable membership for a high-quality fitness center and welcome anyone, at any fitness level into our friendly, comfortable and non-intimidating environment."

More information is available on its website.

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National Fitness Partners Reaches Major Milestone with 100th Planet Fitness Club Opening in November and Acquisition – GlobeNewswire

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CAMP HILL, Pa., Oct. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, National Fitness Partners (NFP), a portfolio company of Argonne Capital Group, LLC (Argonne), the Atlanta-based private investment firm, announces a major achievement as the company prepares to celebrate its 100th Planet Fitness club opening this November and its recent acquisition of seven new club locations, expanding the groups footprint along the East Coast.

NFPs 100th Planet Fitness club will be located at 3317 Aramingo Ave., in Philadelphias densely populated Aramingo borough. The new 20,600 square foot facility will feature 106 pieces of cardio and strength training equipment, a 360 machine, three HydroMassage beds and six tanning beds offering hybrid tanning. Like all Planet Fitness locations known for its Judgement Free Zone and affordable prices the Aramingo Ave. club will include free fitness training, friendly staff and clean, spacious workout areas. The facility will be open and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week once it opens mid-November. Those interested in becoming a member can join now for just $1 down and then $10 a month with no commitment through Nov. 16, 2021.

NFP also announced today the acquisition of seven Planet Fitness clubs, expanding its growing portfolio into Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia.

This transaction represents the eighth acquisition for NFP, which now operates 107 Planet Fitness clubs in eight different states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, said Stephen Kindler Jr., president and CEO of National Fitness Partners. We remain confident with the long-term growth of the Planet Fitness brand, as encouraging membership and utilization trends continue to point to a successful re-emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic. This significant acquisition fits perfectly into our long-term strategic plan by expanding our reach into important new markets and strengthening our efforts to ensure more people have access to affordable fitness options, as we believe regular exercise plays an essential role in enhancing the physical, mental and emotionalwell-beingof our members.

For more information or to join online, please visit http://www.PlanetFitness.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/PlanetFitness) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/PlanetFitness).

About National Fitness PartnersNational Fitness Partners is a private equity held Planet Fitness franchisee based in Camp Hill, Pa. National Fitness Partners owns and operates 107 Planet Fitness locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. National Fitness Partners is one of the largest franchisee organizations within the Planet Fitness system and has exclusive rights to develop 37 locations over the next 5 years. National Fitness Partners is backed by Argonne Capital, a private equity firm based in Atlanta,whichspecializes in franchise based middle-market investments.

About Planet FitnessFounded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of June 30, 2021, Planet Fitness had more than 14.8 million members and 2,170 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Panama, Mexico and Australia. The Company's mission is to enhance people's lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent businessmen and women.

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Child Advocates Superhero Run and other upcoming fitness events around Houston – Houston Chronicle

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Families are invited to grab their favorite superhero costume and participate in the 7th annual Child Advocates Superhero Fun Run benefiting Child Advocates. The event includes 5K and 1K courses for big and little heroes alike. 7-11 a.m. Oct. 16; CityCentre, 800 Town and Country Blvd.; superherorunhouston.com.

Family Capoeira

A unique Afro-Brazilian martial art that develops discipline, coordination, strength and rhythm. Instruction is provided by the Brazilian Cultural Institute and is open to families of all sizes and skill levels. 10-11 a.m. Oct. 16; Midtown Park, 2811 Travis; midtownhouston.com.

Tai Chi

Led by Simone Oliver of Four Dragons Institute, the class focuses on slow, meditative movements for increased health and mental well-being. 10:15-11:45 a.m. Oct. 16; Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney; discoverygreen.com.

Zumba by Tiny Fitness

This 45-minute Zumba class will have participants grooving, shaking and toning to salsa, hip-hop, samba and bhangra beats. Open to all fitness levels, no equipment necessary. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18; Levy Park, 3801 Eastside; levyparkhouston.org.


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Intelivideo Announces Partnership with Matrix Fitness, Elevating the Omnichannel Workout Experience for Fitness Enthusiasts Worldwide – Yahoo Finance

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Video On Demand technology provider teams up with leading fitness equipment brand to integrate digital experiences into commercial club memberships

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Intelivideo, a Video on Demand (VOD) and digital technology platform for the health and wellness industry, and Matrix Fitness, the world's fastest-growing commercial fitness brand, announced today a new strategic partnership. This new alliance will integrate Intelivideo's hybrid fitness content platform into Matrix's premium commercial fitness equipment to help club operators elevate the overall workout experience for their members.


Fitness operators will now have the ability to provide members access to their brand's on-demand and trainer-led programming through Intelivideo's direct integration into the Matrix Touch and Touch XL consoles, as well as Matrix's new Virtual Training Cycle. Club members will also have access to the full suite of functionality that the Intelivideo platform offers, including accessing on-demand or livestreaming content directly from their mobile devices, web browsers and other OTT devices.

"Our enterprise technology platform enables Intelivideo to upgrade a gym member's everyday workout to a whole new level, helping club operators provide increasingly dynamic experiences for these fitness enthusiasts they serve," said Adam Zeitsiff, President and CEO of Intelivideo. "By partnering with Matrix, Intelivideo will be providing a key piece of the puzzle toward achieving the collective mission of meeting members where they are, whether that's in the gym, on-the-go or at home. I look forward to building this relationship and watching our hybridization model support all Matrix and Intelivideo customers for years to come."

Andrew Kolman, Senior Director of Technology and Business Development for Matrix parent company Johnson Health Tech, Inc., added that the incorporation of Intelivideo's digital platform into Matrix fitness equipment provides a truly integrated fitness experience for club members.

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"This collaboration gives members access to unique exercise programming directly from their workout equipment in the club, as well as when they're at home or on the go," said Kolman. "It also provides members with more touchpoints to engage with their club's staff, trainers and other members, creating closer, more personalized experiences within their fitness community. In turn, clubs will realize a longer lifetime value as members develop stronger hyperlocal affinities to their fitness communities."

For more information about Matrix Fitness, visit https://www.matrixfitness.com.

To learn more about Intelivideo's on-demand, livestreaming and digital fitness platform for fitness operators, as well as its suite of enterprise professional services, please visit http://www.intelivideo.com.

About Intelivideo

Established in 2013, Intelivideo is a Video On Demand (VOD) and digital technology platform for gyms, health clubs, college and universities, and medical wellness providers. Intelivideo is committed to developing strong partnerships with these industries to help deliver premium on-demand and livestreaming experiences to clients' member bases. The platform's end-to-end solution helps operators build a successful Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) business to complement brick-and-mortar facilities and services, helping them differentiate themselves from disruptive third-party digital fitness offerings in a hyper-local, hybrid fashion.

About Matrix Fitness

Matrix Fitness (matrixfitness.com) is the fastest-growing commercial brand in the world and is the commercial brand of Johnson Health Tech. Matrix offers a complete portfolio of cardiovascular, group training and strength training equipment for health clubs and other fitness facilities.

About Johnson Health Tech

Johnson Health Tech, Inc. (JHT), Taiwan, is among the world's largest and fastest-growing fitness equipment manufacturers and is home to some of the most respected brands in the fitness industry, including Matrix, Vision and Horizon. The company manufactures a wide assortment of fitness equipment for both commercial and residential use, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, exercise bikes and strength training equipment. JHT's global management headquarters is based in Taichung, Taiwan, with global product development, marketing and engineering based in Cottage Grove, Wis.


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FitnessOnDemand Launches New Live Streaming Feature for all Fitness Clubs and their Members – Business Wire

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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FitnessOnDemand, the leader in on-demand content from the worlds most innovative fitness brands and celebrity trainers, this month introduces a new platform evolution for all club operators and their customers. The launch offers club operators the ability to broadcast live streaming, instructor-led fitness classes and integrate them seamlessly with their on-demand content libraries as well as in-studio, live classes in order to give members a total brand experience however they choose to work out today.

The launch pairs Instructor-led, live streamed class functionality with FitnessOnDemands current platform of more than 1,000 on-demand classes, workouts and specialty content. For instructors this means the ability to offer their trademark classes and interacting live with member participants even if theyre not present in the studio. For club operators it offers an opportunity to easily scale-up live classes to include additional, virtual participants; promote top instructors and popular classes to more members; or create special streamed events as premium membership add-ons.

This isnt simply the addition of functionality to our current technology, says Uday Anumalachetty, divisional vice president, FitnessOnDemand. Its the next important step in providing integrated, flexible and branded fitness experiences to our club customers, and their members, wherever and however they chose to exercise. Whether people work out in studio with an instructor in their favorite class, now stream that class live at home, or they select on-demand workouts to fit their schedule, the platform ensures members receive the same high-caliber, exceptional club brand experience every time.

Instructor Broadcast mode enables any instructor using the new feature on the FitnessOnDemnand platform to connect with a diverse audience of remote users for live, virtual fitness classes. Broadcast events can be pre-scheduled and shared through club websites and social channels, allowing participants to RSVP and book attendance instantaneously. Once instructors go live, class participants can click on a class listing in the FitnessOnDemand app to instantly join and stream the class or join another class that is starting soon. Classes are available on iOS and Android apps as well as web browser and performance is automatically logged in participants personal workout histories with an ability for members to rate every session. An additional instructor one-on-one mode also lets personal trainers and class instructors connect with individual members and provide live, highly-personalized sessions tailored to member needs, interests and fitness levels.

Live Streaming from FitnessOnDemand also gives clubs and every other fitness facility operator the flexibility to plan for any eventuality in the evolving club landscape whether that means unexpected club closures or evolving member interests in mobile workout options.

For more information on FitnessOnDemand Live Streaming watch here: https://youtu.be/BYuSjH-CQ2o, visit: http://www.fodvirtual.com or until October 15 at the IHRSA 2021 trade show, Booth 1509.

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Rovanpera: No concerns over fitness ahead of WRC Rally Spain – Motorsport.com

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The factory Toyota driver suffered back pain following a heavy impact with a pile of gravel after losing control of his Yaris on the Saturday of Rally Finland, two weeks ago.

Rovanpera made a brief comeback on the Sunday of the event before sitting out the final Power Stage to assist his recovery.

The 21-year-old winner of rallies in Estonia and Greece this year has been declared fit to compete on the Spanish tarmac this weekend and was able to join the Toyota squad for a pre-event test last week.

However, Rovanpera admits he still has some muscle pain when in the car although it is not serious enough for him to be worried about his fitness.

I feel OK and quite good but for sure Im not still 100% OK because I feel something when I sit in the car with the belts on, but it should be totally fine when in the rally and not affecting us I think, said Rovanpera.

It should be just [muscle related], it is nothing serious as we wouldnt be driving if there was a risk to break something serious.

Kalle Rovanper, Jonne Halttunen, Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC

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Rovanpera heads to the fast sweeping tarmac of Spain with mixed results from the championships previous asphalt events this season.

The Finn crashed out on the opening stage at Croatia in April before producing a head-turning performance to finish third in Belgium, only finishing behind former event winners and Thierry Neuville and Craig Breen.

Looking ahead to this weekend, Rovanpera believes the success and knowledge gained from Belgium wont count for much in Spain, which requires a different driving style to master.

Of course we can take something but it is a totally different event, nothing is really the same, he added. I think the whole set-up and driving style is different as we have proper corners here.

Belgium was a lot of short corners, junctions and cuts, here we have long corners. I think the pacenotes are really difficult here and you have to trust them a lot and know where the apex is.

It is a bit more circuit style so I cant take too much from Belgium so I think it will be a lot of learning for me.

Rovanpera could prove an interesting factor in the title race this weekend as Toyota team-mates Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans are set to resume their fight for the WRC crown. Ogier could wrap up his eighth world title if he outscores Evans by six points.

Rally Spain begins on Friday with crews set to tackle six stages.

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The Best Fitness Gear of October 2021 – gearpatrol.com

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Fall fitness can be a fickle friend. When searching for activewear, shoes, accessories and outerwear that can ride the thin line of fluctuating temperatures that characterize this season, one has to keep multiple variables in mind: cool, crisp mornings that demand layers, which segue into blazing hot afternoons where a thin t-shirt and shorts will do, which crash right back into chilly evenings that necessitate long layers.

Pro tip: Rather than pack an entire duffel with separate items of clothing for each change in the day, go for multi-use activewear that naturally insulates, like merino wool. Layer up by pairing short and long-sleeve tees meant to wick moisture with lightweight and windproof running jackets. Slide on sneakers built to perform in a variety of environments.

Fall fitness is all about making the most out of the least amount of gear. With strategic layering and material choices, you can stay comfortable and efficient. Here are our top choices for this October.

An eco-friendly running apparel capsule, designed in collaboration with endurance athlete, author and podcaster Rich Roll? This must be what dreams are made of. Welcome the Ten Thousand x Rich Roll Far Collection into your outdoor wardrobe this season. The Far Collection includes a recycled-nylon, moisture-wicking lined short, highly breathable short and long-sleeve run shirts designed to combat chafing and a running beanie made from EcoVero Viscose. The entire collection is GRS-certified vegan, Bluesign approved and infused with an eco-friendly Polygiene Biostatic permanent anti-odor treatment.

Price: $38 - $78


Sick of your home workouts and need something to kick it up a notch? Look no further than the MYX II. This professional-grade stationary bike comes with a heart rate monitor and a sleek, interactive touchscreen tablet. One of the most affordable bikes on the market, it delivers 1-on-1 coaching with a focus on heart rate improvement. Your trainers will guide you to achieve your specific goals based on three heart rate zones calibrated just for you. Leading with your heart minimizes your risk of fatigue and overworking, so your workouts are sustainable and you can better avoid injury. With all workout types available, including rides, strength training, yoga, stretching and HIIT, there is something for everyone in the family. Check out the MYX II below and start riding.

Price: $1,399


This new iteration of a hugely popular sneaker by Reebok x National Geographic is another step in the direction of sustainable and ethical footwear. The Nano X1 Vegan employs a plant-based version of Flexweave knit, along with a Floatride Energy Foam made with castor bean oil that provides cushioning underfoot. The sneakers design is inspired by sea ice between Canada and Greenland and the plants that are able to survive in the remote and harsh environment. The Nano X1 Vegan also contains a QR code on the tongue that takes the viewer to the icy world that inspired these kicks, through 360 videos.

Price: $130


The Smoother Roller is a new kind of foam roller, innovating how we recover from workouts. Built for those just getting into foam rolling, or who are looking for a low-intensity experience, the Smooth Roller comes with a smooth split foam roller for low-impact recovery, as well as a small ball attachment that targets smaller muscle areas with high intensity.

Price: $99


Transport yourself to the American Southwest with Satisfys newest collection, inspired by the arid landscapes of the region. Weve got our eye on the Short Distance 8" Shorts in particular, which pair a Tech-Silk exterior with Satisfys proprietary Justice silk liner to maximize comfort, breathability, performance and unbeatable weight. A double waistband, sweat-proof back zipper pocket, reflective print, mini carabiner and detachable exterior tag round out the performance short.

Price: $255


This fall release from New Balance is for the runners out there who want a stylish, dependable jacket to wear during chillier runs. Keeping the needs of runners in mind, the jacket includes details like New Balances wind-resistant Wind-Defy fabric, which features a unique blue-green reflective sheen that enhances visibility, as well as a touchscreen-friendly front pocket that allows for phone control without having to fumble around with zippers. The removable hood allows for customization on the go.

Price: $234.99


Most of Rhones Fall 21 releases are style-focused, but this windbreaker is the standout technical exception. The Bowie mixes distilled style with useful features like ultralight ripstop fabric for the body, a mesh interior lining, front pockets with velcro closures for easy opening, and a ventilated back yoke to keep air flow to a maximum. Its lightweight, style forward and perfect for your next run.

Price: $168


New for fall, TRX took the kettlebell and gave it some much-needed upgrades, like a wider handle, flat-base design and a powder coat finish, all for greater maneuverability and comfort. The process of gravity casting offers more dimensional accuracy, a smoother surface and improved mechanical properties, compared to other methods of production.

Price: $24.95


Iffley Road's newest collection is as nice on the eyes as it is on a run. Made up of a selection of light layers, long sleeves, jackets and tights, the new fall releases carry on the brand's tradition of streamlined, gorgeous silhouettes made to perform. Our standout pick is the Windsor Running Tights Night Sky, which feature four-way stretch for flexibility, compression for support and a zippered back pocket for storage on the go.

Price: $136


Activewear behemoth Alo released their newest collection, Varsity Cardinal, this October. The collection brings together Alo's favorite pieces, like the Highline Hoodie, Repeat Running Jacket and 5"Adapt Running Short, in a cabernet-inspired dark red colorway. We like the Highline for its simple, soft and durable design. Get fall ready with this rich new hue.

Price: $118


Home workouts are about to get a whole lot better. Say hello to Frame, an at-home, digitally-connected Pilates reformer designed to take your workout to the next level. Modern design, superior engineering and enhanced connectivity come together in one package. Say goodbye to expensive memberships and inconvenient class times, and hello to the evolution of at-home fitness machinery.


Nothing makes or breaks a cold-weather run quite like a base layer. Ibex's new Woolies Tech Long Sleeve Crew may look simple, but don't judge a layer by its cover. Merino wool regulates temperature and wicks away moisture, while durable nylon stands up to wear and tear and provides just the right amount of stretch. Wear it running, or running errands, and keep the cold at bay.

Price: $105


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Planet Fitness offers free workouts, HydroMassages for all on World Mental Health Day, Oct. 10 – MassLive.com

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As part of World Mental Health Day on Sunday, more than 2,100 Planet Fitness locations worldwide will provide workouts and their patented HydroMassages at no cost, even for nonmembers.

The pandemic has taken a major mental and physical toll on everyone, and focusing on improving our overall health and wellness should be a priority, CEO of Planet Fitness Chris Rondeau said in a statement. People often primarily think about the physical benefits of exercise like weight loss and muscle toning, yet underestimate the important mental health benefits such as decreased stress, increased self-confidence and anxiety relief; on World Mental Health Day this Sunday, were excited to encourage everyone to work out, relax and feel good at Planet Fitness.

Planet Fitness said every gym located in Massachusetts is participating in the event Sunday.

Nonmembers can sign up at PlanetFitness.com/MentalHealthAwareness to take advantage of the limited time offer.

Amid the pandemic, Planet Fitness has implemented sanitizing high-touch areas every 20 minutes along with cleaning stations. Members can also utilize the Planet Fitness app, which features a Crowd Meter that shows members a clubs capacity in real-time.

Planet Fitness HydroMassage is normally an exclusive perk for its Black Card members.

The HydroMassage uses jets that move up and down the body with wave-like streams of heated water. Users can select the exact points where they want to concentrate the massage, the desired massage pressure and the speed of the movement.

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Louie’s Kids announces 8-week family fitness program ahead of the Reindeer Run – Charleston Post Courier

Posted: October 5, 2021 at 6:12 pm

After nearly a year and a half of no programming, Louies Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Lowcountry families stay healthy, is launching an 8-week bi-weekly training program to prepare adults and their children to participate in the widely celebrated 30th Annual Reindeer Run/Walk presented by Half-Moon Outfitters.

The program is set to begin Monday, October 18 and culminate at the Reindeer Run on December 11. Training willtake place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Mount Pleasants Waterfront Park.

Alongside a team of dedicated volunteers, the group will be instructed by local fitness instructors and a behavioral counselor.

To be able to give these families the opportunity to bond together over health and fitness ahead of the holiday season is truly a gift, said Louis Yuhasz, founder of Louie's Kids. We do this for the betterment of our community and the next generation.

The program will include a mix of running and full-body strength training by several guest instructors, as well as nutritional education, including how to shop for, and prepare more healthy meals at home.

A lot of our families have never worked out together, let alone thought about their food choices. We are pleased to provide an interactive and fun environment to teach them these lifelong skills, as they work towards the goal of participating in a 5K, he said.

Registration for a family of four is $50, plus $10 per additional child. Proof of vaccination pending age will be required to attend.

In addition to the fitness and nutrition programming, Reindeer Run race entry and a Louies Kids t-shirt will also be provided.

All proceeds from the training will go to Louies Kids, a national nonprofit helping families and communities live a healthier, more productive lifestyle.

For more information, including the release form for participation, visitwww.louieskids.org/reindeer.

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This Latina turned her passion for fitness into a business during the pandemic – 8News

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) Ethel Velasquez said she never thought she would open her own gym during a pandemic. But her need to workout when gyms were closed temporarily in 2020, quickly turned her passion into a business.

When she isnt teaching at Richmond Public Schools or making macrams for her other side business Knotty Things, you can find her at The Box RVA, a boot camp-style gym in Willow Lawn.

I still needed to work out because fitness is the only thing that keeps me sane, its my outlet, Velasquez said.

The Box started out as just group workout sessions with friends. Now, its a gym offering memberships, daily boot camp-style classes, personal training sessions, virtual classes and even pop-ups.

Velasquez, who immigrated from Peru with her family at the age of four, said entrepreneurship has always run in their blood.

I was very young, but I was able to witness the process them coming, working. We really came with nothing. And that really motivates you to not just work a job but build your own business and leave your mark here in a positive way, Velasquez said.

What she witnessed, drives her to keep growing her business.

Being able to do what I love and make a business out of it is a dream for me an American dream. I am comfortable. I am living. I am not working for someone in the gym and I can share this with everyone.

Velasquez said she wants people to build a healthy and positive relationship with fitness. Working out doesnt have to be a drag, she said.

The most important thing is you cant come into this lifestyle in a negative way. You cant be like I am going to work out because I hate my body. You are already thinking negatively. You need to start working out because you love yourself. Its really self-care, Velasquez said.

Velasquez said many of her members come to The Box with that mindset but over time learn to love fitness and ultimately see it as a form of therapy.

I love seeing their mindset totally change and also they are physically changing too, she said.

For other Latinos wanting to build generational wealth through a business, Velasquez encourages them to just do it.

I would have never done this if it wasnt because of COVID and it turned into literally my dream job, Velasquez said.

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Michigan Elite Conditioning for Athletes can help you find a fitness routine that suits your exact goals – WOODTV.com

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The Best Deals on Men’s Fitness Apparel, Equipment and Gear – gearpatrol.com

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Dortmund sweats over Haaland fitness in Bundesliga break – Associated Press

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DSSELDORF, Germany (AP) Borussia Dortmund is set to spend the international break worrying about the fitness of Erling Haaland after the club indicated the Norway strikers injury could drag on into the second half of October.

Haaland hasnt played since Sept. 19 with a unspecified muscle problem and will sit out Norways upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Turkey and Montenegro. Haaland wished the team luck on Twitter on Monday ahead of crunch games for his ambition to play in Norways first major tournament since 2000.

Fundamentally, all clubs have a duty to release (players) for international duty, said Sebastian Kehl, the administrative manager for Dortmunds team, in comments published Monday by the Westdeutschen Allgemeinen Zeitung newspaper.

However, Erling is currently injured and hasnt been able to play for us recently and also cant take part in team training in the following weeks. Kehl said he expected the Norwegian federation to have trust in us and in (Haaland) over the injury.

Dortmund returns to action Oct. 16 against Mainz and hopefully Haaland will be fit enough to play, sporting director Michael Zorc told the newspaper. That game could see the return of forward Gio Reyna, who is sitting out upcoming games for the United States, and midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud. If Haalands hoped-for return date slips back, it could affect Dortmunds Champions League game against Ajax on Oct. 19.

Few players transform their teams as completely as the 21-year-old Haaland. He has 11 goals and five assists in seven games so far this season, and contributes to more goals indirectly by drawing defenders out of position and creating space for teammates.

With Haaland in the team this season, Dortmund averages nearly three goals per game. In the three games hes missed so far with injury, Dortmund has averaged one goal. Fans have had to be satisfied with glimpses of him sitting in the stands or dressed all in black accepting a UEFA award on the field.

Dortmund has been here before. A muscle tear caused Haaland to miss seven games in December last year, coinciding with a 5-1 loss to Stuttgart which led to the firing of Lucien Favre as coach.

If Dortmund cant overwhelm teams in attack, that puts more pressure on an error-prone defense. Over the last two weeks, Dortmund has coped without Haaland just about. A 1-0 loss to rival Borussia Mnchengladbach was bitter because of the lack of chances created, especially for Dortmund coach Marco Rose against his old club. Following up with a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon and a 2-1 win over Augsburg was better, though neither opponent really challenged the Dortmund back line.

Other players could do with a break, too. Center-back Mats Hummels hasnt been called up for Germany and said on Instagram on Sunday that now theres a bit of time again for me to keep improving my health and fitness condition.

Theres also the looming question of Haalands future. His vast talent and young age marks Haaland out as an excellent long-term bet for any club which can afford his transfer fee and likely astronomical wages. Very few clubs have that kind of money, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Haalands father and his agent publicly explored links with some of Spain and Englands biggest clubs in April, but little has come of that since. Dortmund risked failing to qualify for the Champions League at that time, but eventually did, keeping Haaland in world soccers biggest shop window. Selling Jadon Sancho to Manchester United ensured Dortmund had the income to keep Haaland around for another season. Still, his future remains far from certain.


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Get access to virtual fitness classes with this discounted TRX Go portable training system – Plainview Daily Herald

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The TRX Go portable training system weighs less than one pound and comes with free access to TRX virtual fitness classes.

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Portable fitness has a similar ring to it as on-the-go lasagna. I mean yeah, if it works it works, but does it solve a larger problem? In the case of this TRX GO Suspension Trainer, yes yes it does. Giving you everything you need for a full-body workout without a trip to the gym, the TRX Go portable training system weighs less than one pound and comes with access to TRX virtual fitness classes when you shop this deal.

Taking only a minute to set up, TRX Go is the total-body training system for indoor or outdoor strength training, cardio, core training, mobility, and more. Based on TRXs seven foundational movements push, pull, plank, lunge, hinge, squat, and rotate this portable training system can be used for hundreds of different exercises thatll give you measurable results in as little as 15 minutes per day.

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Along with the TRX GO Suspension Training Strap, you have two indoor and outdoor anchors, workout guides, a training poster, one mesh carrying bag, and access to the TRX Training Club app where youll get unlimited access to an ever-expanding library of on-demand workout videos. You can

Whether youre just beginning your TRX journey or eat metal and nylon for breakfast, this TRX GO Suspension Trainer ($89.99) gives you everything you need to get ripped.

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Why an exercise bike wants to bring gamified fitness to the metaverse – Digiday

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The exercise bike company Capti is looking to bring physical fitness into the metaverse. Unlike competitors such as Peloton and Zwift, Captis gamified cycling platform is built in Unreal Engine, priming it for cross-compatibility with a slew of pre-existing virtual worlds.

The company eventually plans to implement massively multiplayer functionality, turning its fitness bike into a full-fledged game controller.

Many homebound consumers have turned to virtual recreations of real-life offices or events to break up the monotony of the pandemic. But while these virtual spaces accurately represent the socialization of the physical world, they lack the physical movement inherent to their real-life counterparts. After all, at-home workers dont have to commute, and dancing at a digital concert is largely a matter of nodding and waving ones hands.

Even full-VR experiences, with headsets and hand controllers, are unlikely to make users break a sweat. While VRChats AT&T Station is immersive in many ways, it requires players to use a joystick, rather than their own feet, to navigate the experience.

Its a constant struggle we want our kids to be outside, in the backyard running around, said Josh Neuman, president of the metaverse development studio MELON. Were battling that, but at the same time, I think technology and social community are going to drive interest back into exciting things that you can do physically. Neuman cited the popular Pokmon GO as a prominent example: It really did get kids out walking.

Captis main product, launched today, is an at-home version of the Expresso Bike, a gamified fitness bike that has been present in gyms for over a decade. Capti is not the first company to bring cycling into virtual space, and certainly not the first to invest in the remote fitness space during the pandemic: at-home fitness companies such as Mirror and Peloton have experienced rapid growth over the past 18 months. Some observers have already described Zwift, a massively multiplayer cycling and running program, as a metaverse platform. Capti CEO Jeff Veldhuizen worked at Zwift from 2018 to 2020. Thats where I developed more of my thesis around fitness as a game, Veldhuizen said.

What sets Capti apart from its competitors is its potential for interoperability that is, the ability to transfer users assets and identities across multiple platforms. Zwift is a custom program largely marketed toward dedicated cyclists; on the other hand, Captis cycling platform was built in Unreal Engine, the same engine developed by Epic Games and used to design titles such as Fortnite. This gamification, and the slew of similarities between Capti and popular video games, makes it more of a family product than other at-home fitness bikes.

Most fitness platforms, whether it be a Peloton, or a Zwift, or anyone else, its a closed platform, Veldhuizen said. But weve chosen to be an open platform because we want to bring creators and developers into fitness, and we want to be able to give them our SDK [software development kit] and come up with stuff that we never knew was possible.

At the moment, Capti users can choose between a more traditional virtual biking experience, in which they can bike around computer-generated tracks, and a gamified experience in which they collect coins and chase dragons. There is ample design space to expand these features: Expresso, from which Capti evolved, allows users to race against other riders in their physical proximity, and Capti plans to open this functionality up to players across the world. I would definitely like to race against other people live, said Chad Katter, a longtime Expresso user. The leaderboards are definitely motivating for me.

In addition to implementing this multiplayer functionality, the Capti team hopes to team up with non-fitness brands to bring their intellectual properties into Captis virtual cycling platform. Were also in conversation with folks like Disney, where were looking at how we can partner for licensed content say, for example, [Star Wars] podracers, or things like that, Veldhuizen said.

This IP-activation potential applies to both Captis homegrown platform and other virtual worlds. Since Capti was created using Unreal Engine, the engine used to build popular video game series such as Gears of War and MotoGP, it would require relatively little modification in order to operate within these titles.

Capti CTO Sander van Zoest believes the corporate game developers are on the cusp of opening their games to this sort of fitness-based controller. You can think of the bike as a controller into a game thats essentially what it is, van Zoest said. When you do [Captis virtual cycling map] Lucky Streak, thats an Unreal game. Its on the same platform as Fortnite, its basically built on the same kind of system.

Many of these planned functions have yet to be implemented into the Capti platform, and the exercise bikes $2,495 pre-sale price tag is likely out of reach for the 60 percent of Fortnite players who are between 18 and 24 years old. But the advent of Capti indicates a growing awareness of the need to be physically active in virtual space while showcasing the increasing use of game-development tools to create non-gaming products as consumers become increasingly comfortable inside virtual worlds.

I think that there is an opportunity for creating new awareness through the metaverse, Neuman said, that will translate into more interest in physical fitness and activity.

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Tennis news – Will Serena Williams play Australian Open? Is fitness the biggest barrier to winning a 24th Grand Slam? – Eurosport COM

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Does she need that validation? I dont think she needs that validation.

Patrick Mouratoglou has always been clear in his view that Serena Williams doesnt need a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title to be regarded as the greatest player ever. His comment above was at the Australian Open earlier this year, when Williams lost to Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals. And as she turned 40 on Sunday, Mouratoglou, who has coached Williams since 2012, said her legacy is secure whether she equals, breaks, or falls short of Margaret Courts record.

It would be better if Serena broke her record but, if she doesn't, she will still be the greatest player of all time, Mouratoglou said.


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Its hard to argue, given Williams complete dominance over the last 20 years. With 23 Grand Slam titles, 73 career titles, 319 weeks as world No. 1, and countless WTA records to her name, Williams clearly has nothing left to prove. Yet clearly she is still playing on for something. For No. 24.

As she turns 40, and looks to recover from a hamstring injury that kept her out of the recent US Open, Williams is not playing to win minor tournaments. Nor is she playing to be top of the rankings again; she has slipped down to No. 40 after only playing six tournaments this year. She is playing for another opportunity to further strengthen her claim as the greatest player ever.

When Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open it seemed unthinkable that she wouldnt break Courts record. But becoming a mother later that summer led to a long break and she has not been able to get over the line since.

Whats missing? Williams has been beaten in her four Grand Slam final appearances since winning her last major in 2017, and Mouratoglou thinks there has been a slight change in mindset.

"She still has it, he told AFP. The question is how much she wants it and what is she willing to do to get there? Since she had her daughter, it's harder. She has a lot of trouble not putting her life as a mother before her life as a player, which is completely understandable.

"I think that's the main reason she didn't win a Grand Slam. Her family comes first and, in order to be able to do great things in one area, that area can't come second. She is reflecting and we will see what comes out of it."

Williams hasnt played since her emotional first-round retirement at Wimbledon, when she suffered an injury early in her match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. It seems unlikely that she will play again this year, and with strict Covid-19 restrictions again set to be place for the Australian Open, it is not certain that she will return there either. It has been reported that talks are ongoing between Victoria's Government and Tennis Australia officials over whether players will need to be vaccinated to compete at the tournament.

If Williams doesn't play in Melbourne that would mean nearly a year-long wait for the next shot at a Grand Slam title, with Wimbledon and the US Open her best opportunities.

It is not impossible that Williams will win again. She would be the first 40-year-old to win a Grand Slam singles title, but she is already the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam and reach a Grand Slam final. In her 30s she won 10 majors, which is as many as most players could dream of winning for their entire career.

The key for Williams is fitness. Can she get back to 100 per cent and sustain that over two weeks of a Grand Slam? That has become more of a challenge, former world No. 6 Chanda Rubin told the Tennis Channel. Throughout her career she has shown herself to be durable and has been able to come back and play herself into shape in a tournament, but that becomes tougher as you get older.

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You get the confidence from at least being able to stay out on the court, that starts on the practice court if not the match court, and thats where she is right now.

Roger Federer also turned 40 recently and he told GQ about the challenges that come with getting older. I think the biggest difference for me that I feel is that when you are 20 and you have a back issue, a couple of good sleeps and its done, its gone. Not so much now! Nowadays, the pain can last for days, weeks or longer. And this slows you down in terms of how many tournaments [you can play].

The last of Williams 73 career titles came in Auckland in January 2020. Since then she has only played sporadically and has suffered several injuries that have prevented her from competing in more events. If that trend continues into 2022 its hard to see her winning another Grand Slam at 70-80 per cent, especially with Emma Raducanus blazing run at the US Open fresh in the mind. The strength in depth at the top of the WTA Tour right now makes a two-week Slam a tough event. And with only two top-20 wins in the last two years, Williams has not been as dominant as she was once.

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If she is going to win another major she will have to be at her best - and Mouratoglou said at this years French Open that he would always back her if she is. The level is high but I still believe that, when Serena is 100 per cent at the top of her physical form, she can win any Slam.

But Mouratoglou also alluded to the pressure on Williams as she bids to make more history. She has lost in four major finals since winning in Melbourne in 2017 and has made two other semi-finals. In five of those six matches she was beaten in straight sets and didnt really look like she was going to win.

There is clearly a hurdle that we need to pass but shes been close so many times, said Mouratoglou. You have to be as fit as possible, so thats the plan, and of course mentally there is always this fight against pressure and against yourself, which is part of what tennis is about.

It was interesting hearing Federer say this week that he thinks he has a different mindset to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the moment as they all remain locked on 20 Slams each. It was almost an acknowledgement from Federer that he might not win anymore, and that doesnt necessarily matter for him. For Williams it feels different. She maybe doesnt need to win a 24th Slam for validation, but she has been chasing it for so long that it feels like she may need it for the perfect closure to her career.


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Benefits of Exercise | Focus on Fitness Gains vs. Weight Loss for Health – runnersworld.com

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Over the past 40 years, global obesity rates have tripled, and thats led to an intensifying focus on weight loss, according to a recent research review in the journal iScience. But despite the breadth of products, services, and strategiesa Google search on weight loss returns 16 billion resultsobesity continues to climb. So, whats the disconnect?

Researchers suggest the advice is wrong. Rather than nudging people toward losing weight, they believe a pivot toward promoting fitnesseven over changing dietary choiceswould have the greatest effect.

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To reach that conclusion, researchers looked at studies examining mortality risk reduction associated with weight loss compared to physical activity, and found the risk was lower with the latter. But in addition to longer life, the change in perspective is likely to be especially valuable for breaking free of weight cycling (also called yo-yo dieting), according to study co-author Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D., a professor of exercise physiology in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

Gaining and losing weight repeatedly has been associated with many adverse health outcomes, he told Runners World. Most notably, previous research has shown weight cycling to be tough on cardiovascular health, and possibly be even worse than the health issues that can come with being overweight or obese.

Gaesser suggested a weight neutral approach that focuses on fitness for health rather than weight loss or management.

This eliminates weight loss from the equation when it comes to improving health, he said. When someone becomes more physically active, that persons body weight may decrease but often does not change. This can be frustrating if the goal is weight loss. If you change the focus to physical activity as a way to be healthy, this may take that frustration away.

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Another important factor, he added, is that the benefits of exercise are dose dependent, which means the more you do, the greater the health advantages. But that said, it doesnt take much to see improvements in areas like blood sugar control and blood pressure, said Gaesser.

We have data showing that just two minutes of moderate-to-brisk walking every hour can improve blood sugar, for example, he said. Just reducing the amount of time a person spends sitting each day is a good start and will come with some health benefits. But increasing physical activity to improve fitness is even better, with a focus on moderate-to-vigorous-intensity exercise.

That means to shift away from weight cycling, build more activitylike runninginto your existing routine, and especially shift your focus from weight loss to fitness gains, he suggested. As the current research review concludes, it could even help you live longer.

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