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New ACE Continuing Education Helps Fitness Pros Expand Their Reach to All Seeking an Active Lifestyle

In order to prepare exercise professionals to assist larger-bodied individuals who are seeking to make healthy lifestyle changes, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Size Inclusive Training Academy launched a new education course, the Size Inclusive Fitness Specialist. This new course is part of ACE's larger effort to build a more inclusive fitness industry, and aims to teach a weight-neutral mentality.

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USA Swimming Unveils New Women Coaches in Governance Program

USA Swimming announced the inaugural Women Coaches in Governance program, geared toward identifying, educating, supporting and mentoring women coaches who wish to be more involved in organizational governance.

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Think Tank Advises on Ways to Fund the Wellness Model in Senior Living

Innovative senior living organizations are repositioning for today's cultural and economic realities with a new business model: senior living based in a wellness lifestyle, with options for care.

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NLC Survey Shows How Local Governments Plan to Maximize Federal Infrastructure Funds

The National League of Cities announced the findings from a join survey with Polco on local infrastructure projects.

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Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Applauds Biden Administration's Federal Council to Support Outdoor Rec

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable praised the announcement by the Biden Administration on the revival of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation.

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JCC Maccabi Celebrates 40th Anniversary

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the JCC Maccabi Games return.

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Free Webinar! Transform Expectations With a Water-Based Family Entertainment Center


Free Webinar! Transform Expectations With a Water-Based Family Entertainment Center

Aug. 31, 2022
2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, 11 a.m. PT

Looking for innovative ways to encourage your community or guests to get out and play? Want to provide a unique destination that combines active and passive recreation with nature and open water?

There's no denying that people are drawn to the water. Encourage them to immerse themselves in nature. A water-based family entertainment center brings active and passive recreation to your open water and waterfront. This new category of recreation reaches all demographics with its intentional and inclusive design, making use of the natural landscape and water to create a variety of land-based and open-water recreation zones.

Whether you've already got a body of water like a lakefront or former quarry, or you create a body of water to meet the needs of your community, you can bring this unique form of recreation to your community. In this presentation, you will:

  • Learn more about the benefits of this innovative new approach to recreation, including revenue-building opportunities and the economic value of utilizing sustainable natural resources.
  • Discover how to best combine land and water-based recreation to provide a way for every demographic to get involved in the fun.
  • Explore case studies of municipalities, developers, resorts and others that have implemented their own unique water-based family entertainment venue.
  • The factors that contribute to a park's attractiveness and usage.

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Functional Fitness Sees Growth Among Fitness Facilities


Functional Fitness Sees Growth Among Fitness Facilities

The only type of programming offered by more health club respondents to the Industry Report survey in 2022 than in 2021 was functional fitness. Some 73% of health club respondents offered functional fitness programs in 2021, and 84.4% offered functional fitness in 2022. The most common types of fitness programs in 2022 included: fitness programs (provided by 90.6% of health club respondents, down from 94.6% in 2021), functional fitness programs (84.4%, up from 73%), group exercise programs (75%, down from 91.9%), personal training (75%, down from 89.2%), and mind-body balance programs like yoga and tai chi (59.4%, down from 89.2%).

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Think Differently: Nonconventional Facility Structures Making a Difference

Yurts instead of cabins! Enclosures for aquatics! Clear-span structures for sports activities! There are myriad unique structures available to help you take your sports, fitness and recreation activities under.

For more information, visit Think Differently: Nonconventional Facility Structures Making a Difference.

Trends in Schools & School Districts

What would school be without the playgrounds of our early years and the Homecoming parades and football games of our teens? In this section of the Industry Report, we examine the responses from professionals working for schools and school districts.

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Trends in Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs

Health, fitness and sports clubs saw a heavy impact from COVID-19, with its facility closures. This year, responses to the Industry Report survey from health and fitness club professionals are optimistic about the future.

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Aquatics for Everyone: Natatoriums Meet a Range of Community Needs

As the will to get healthy and stay fit continues to grow, so has the appeal of natatoriums to reap all the benefits—both physical and mental—of working out and relaxing in the water.

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Splash Pad Renovation Q&A

Experts weigh in on renovating kiddie pools into splash pads, updating existing splash pads and equipment and more.

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