Horace Mann School Upgrades Their Student Fitness Center

Horace Mann School aimed to give their students a state-of-the-art fitness facility when they began a large renovation project and addition to their Bronx, NY, campus. In a campaign to respond to their ongoing needs, they re-envisioned facilities to support science, student life, athletics, physical education, and health and wellness. The removal of the old swimming pool created space for the Simon Family Fitness Center, open throughout the school day to allow students to practice self-care when it is most convenient for them.

The 2,450 square foot fitness center features top-of-the-line Precor treadmills, ellipticals, and AMTs; Expresso GO bikes, along with Precor Discovery Line selectorized strength machines with Mahogany upholstery. Networked touchscreen consoles engage students on all the cardio equipment. In the center of the facility, a Queenax unit is equipped with Escape Fitness accessories for functional training and group classes, and Rack5 storage units line the stairs. A separate aerobics studio features 21 Spinner® Chrono™ Power bikes.

“Our main goal when designing the fitness center was to create a space in which we could accommodate our PE classes in addition to creating an atmosphere in which our student athletes could come to and get a great workout for their sport/needs,” Kevin Valluzzi, Fitness Center Director at Horace Mann School explained. ”We also wanted to allow for some free space in order to be able to do plyometrics, mobility work, etc. We were able to accomplish all of this with help from Advantage Sport & Fitness.” 




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Spinning®: The Design of a Global Movement

Spinning®: The Design of a Global Movement

Not unbeknownst to many, the brand Spinning® is the company responsible for the birth, growth, and global success of the indoor spinning movement. So much so, that the brand has become synonymous with the activity itself.




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Expresso's Rally for the Y is the Perfect Fundraising Support for YMCAs

Expresso's Rally for the Y is the Perfect Fundraising Support for YMCAs

YMCAs aim to strengthen communities and promote healthy lifestyles and as a non-profit organization, they rely on financial support to achieve these goals. Expresso’s fourth annual Rally for the Y fundraising challenge is in full swing in YMCAs across America and riders are breaking a sweat and gathering pledge supporters for their local Ys.




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The Greene Urban Apartments Bring Luxury to Downtown Greenville

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MyUI Custom Console Design

The Greene, a brand-new luxury apartment complex located in the West End Historic District of Greenville, SC, recently opened a beautiful state-of-the-art fitness facility to their new residents. The facility features networked 10.1” touchscreen consoles with custom MyUI graphics on a mix of Precor treadmills, ellipticals, AMTs, and recumbent bikes; a Queenax corner unit for functional training; and a Nexersys Power Trainer. A space-efficient strength training area features Escape dumbbells, Precor Smith Machine, and Precor FTS Glide.

“Woodfield wanted a top-of-the-line user experience in regards to technology.  That is why we incorporated Precor P62 touch screens with PREVA and a Nexersys Power Trainer. Being in the very popular West End of downtown Greenville, they were looking for a “wow” factor from their fitness center,” said Justin Webb, ASF Territory Sales Manager, “This was my third multi-family project working with Woodfield Investments.  They always want a high-end fitness amenity in their communities and I always enjoy the collaborative process of working with them.”

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Virginia Tech's Custom Queenax Unit

Virginia Tech's Custom Queenax Unit

Virginia Tech, who installed a large custom X3 500 Open Format Queenax unit in 2018, has added another premium feature to their primary student recreation facility, McComas Hall. While this unit is primarily used for small group and personal training, the unit is open to the general student body. Working with Precor and Advantage to produce and apply custom graphics, the unit boasts school spirit and high-energy!




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Saint Mary's School District Creates a Facility for Students & Community

Saint Mary's School District Creates a Facility for Students & Community

Saint Mary’s School District’s brand-new 4,430 square foot fitness center is about three times larger than their previous weight room facility and is located adjacent to the school’s swimming pool center.




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Cardio of the Future: The Importance of Networked Consoles

Cardio of the Future: The Importance of Networked Consoles

Most fitness center operators have begun to move beyond simply wanting ways in which to better monitor their fitness equipment — many clubs and recreation centers are looking to set themselves up for the future. Operators are asking the questions about how they can further engage their clientele through content and on-demand workouts, and how they can integrate their equipment and member-management systems.




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Most Outstanding Facilities of 2018

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2018 was a rewarding year all around, as we got the opportunity to work on many great facilities. From converted racquetball courts, to corporate wellness centers, to expansive student recreation facilities, we did it all this year! Check out this list of our most impressive installs from 2018!


Hackley School

Schools K-12

Hackley School is a private preparatory school focused on academic excellence and building a strong community among students, faculty, and staff. The new Walter C. Johnson Center for Health & Wellness is a 115,00 square foot facility featuring sunlit common areas, a healthy café, three basketball courts, wrestling and fencing facilities, two fitness rooms, and much more. Hackley worked with Advantage Sport & Fitness to design an impressive Precor-filled fitness center and a state-of-the-art strength and functional training room.


The Atlantic

Multi-Family Apartments

The Atlantic Apartments on Avenue of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia put a heavy emphasis on the design of their luxury fitness center. From the light box windows to marble columns, not a detail was spared on the interior - especially in the equipment. The black & white aesthetic carried through, with the latest Precor Black Pearl colorway p82 cardio pieces to the Discovery Line selectorized and plate loaded Precor strength equipment.


Marist College

College & University

Marist College created a brand-new fitness center as part of a four-building housing expansion on the north end of campus. This fitness center came about as a multi-step effort to relieve the pressure on the campus’ only gym, the James A. McCann Recreation Center, and increase fitness opportunities for students.

This new facility features tile floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, a dance and group exercise studio, and a mix of 37 cardio machines. Thirteen treadmills, ten ellipticals, and four AMT’s with Precor’s best-in-class P82 touchscreens allow for networked goal-tracking throughout the facility. To round out the cardio selection, ten interactive Expresso Go Bikes line the wall.


Olympus Corporation - “Mount Olympus”

Corporation

Olympus Corporation conducted a survey to determine how their employees wanted to use unoccupied space at their U.S. headquarters in Center Valley, PA. Their response was clear: a workplace fitness center. Now officially named “Mount Olympus,” the fitness center celebrated its grand opening in May 2018. The fitness center features Precor 800 Line cardio equipment, Precor Power Racks, functional training area, a WellBeats room, and Expresso Go Bikes.


Court Jester Athletic Club

Athletic Club

Demand for energizing and exciting group classes means big changes for many in the fitness industry. Court Jester Athletic Club embraced the trend and transformed their old racquetball courts into impressive functional fitness training rooms.

Ready to upgrade your fitness center or weight room? Our article on 3 Keys to Designing A Great Fitness Facility is a perfect place to start.




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ACSM's Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2019

For the thirteenth year running, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released their predictions of the top fitness trends for 2019. This annual list provides vital information for health and fitness professionals as they make decisions to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry.

This year’s top trend is wearable technology. Wearable technology includes fitness trackers, smart watches, heart rate monitors, and GPS tracking devices. Examples include fitness and activity trackers like those made by Fitbit®, Misfit®, Garmin®, and Apple®. These devices can track heart rate, calories, sitting time, and much more. Wearable technology first appeared as a fitness trend in 2016. It was the #1 trend in 2016 and 2017 before dropping to #3 for 2018. Last year, it was High-Intensity Interval Training that took the #1 position, now predicted to come in at number 3 for 2019.

Other trends that made it to the top ten include group training, bodyweight training, yoga, and functional fitness training. These are trends that have been gaining traction over the past few years as boutique fitness has become more popular than ever before. One of our outstanding facilities, Court Jester Athletic Club, readily embraced the upward trending of boutique fitness and converted two of their under-utilized racquetball courts into group training and functional fitness areas. Utilizing Escape Fitness’ “Business in a Box” programming, Court Jester has all the tools needed to transform and meet industry trends, from the equipment and training to business plans that maximize ROI.

The top 10 fitness trends for 2019 are:

  1. Wearable Technology

  2. Group Training

  3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

  4. Fitness Programs for Older Adults

  5. Bodyweight Training

  6. Employing Certified Fitness Professionals

  7. Yoga

  8. Personal Training

  9. Functional Fitness Training

  10. Exercise is Medicine

Is your facility ready for 2019? We can help you meet these trends for a successful and healthy new year! Our article on 3 Keys to Designing A Great Fitness Facility is a perfect place to start.

Check out our articles on previous years’ trends:




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