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.




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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!

Check out our articles on previous years’ trends:




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Precor's New Smith Machine Combines Form and Function For a Beautiful Design and Easy Maintenance

Precor's New Smith Machine Combines Form and Function For a Beautiful Design and Easy Maintenance

The bold, sleek design of the Discovery™ Smith Machine features high head clearance and a clean, walk through design. The 11 degree angle and innovative Smith Bar design produces a smooth, natural feel and an exceptional user experience.




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4 Ways to Customize your Fitness Facility

In a fitness industry that is forever improving and evolving, the design of your fitness center can have a huge impact on the people who use it. With more schools, apartment & multi-family complexes, country clubs, and corporate offices building and maintaining fitness centers, the little details matter more and more in retaining and growing your clientele. Customizing a fitness experience is more than just painting the walls a certain color, it is continuous cohesion between many of the moving parts, from your equipment to your interior design. Here are a few ways that you can customize your fitness center and some examples of facilities to inspire your next project!

1 - Branding Your Equipment

The most widespread effect of customization in your facility can be felt in the equipment itself. From color options to custom graphics and logos, there are many choices available to you when designing your space.

2 - Interior Design + Wall Decals

What your space looks like impacts the people who use it - with the right interior design strategies, people will be drawn to use your space to it’s highest potential!

3 - Flooring for Form + Function

Flooring is a very important aspect in the fitness experience - with the right flooring, your equipment and space can be allowed to shine without excess noise or high-impact stress without compromising aesthetics.

4 - Customized Free Weights

If all these other options aren’t enough, plates and dumbbells can be customized to pull every aspect together or brighten up older equipment.




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The Atlantic Apartments Bring Fitness Luxury to Philadelphia's Housing Scene

The Atlantic Apartments Bring Fitness Luxury to Philadelphia's Housing Scene

The Atlantic Apartments on Avenue of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia accounted for every detail when designing their black and white luxury fitness center. Along a window-lined wall draped with cove-lit sheer curtains runs a row of 17 cardio stations, including Precor’s top-of-the-line P82 pieces in the latest black pearl colorway.




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Boutique Fitness at its Finest at Court Jester Athletic Club

Boutique Fitness at its Finest at Court Jester 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. 




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What's New In Fitness - A Look at the Best in Fitness Equipment

What's New In Fitness - A Look at the Best in Fitness Equipment

Our 2018 fitness expos have officially come to a close and we are excited and grateful that so many people came out to learn about some of the best equipment in the industry and engage with our team one-on-one.




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4 Things Millennials Are Looking for in A Fitness Experience

4 Things Millennials Are Looking for in A Fitness Experience

Over the past few years, we have seen many different trends inside the fitness industry driven by the upcoming millennial generation




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Marist College

Marist College

Marist College, a private university located in Poughkeepsie, NY recently opened their newest fitness center. This center is located in Building D—part of a four-building housing expansion on the north end of Marist’s campus. This fitness center came about to relieve the pressure on the campus’ only gym, the James A. McCann Recreation Center.




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The 2018 Fall Frenzy is Almost Here!

In last year’s edition of Expresso’s Fall Frenzy, 2,074 riders from 186 college and university teams across the U.S. rode for an incredible 52,691 miles and burned over 1.75 million calories. Over the course of 10 days of tournament play, a total 148 days of riding were accumulated.

The Fall Frenzy has proven to be one of Expresso’s biggest annual competitions over the last 5 years, as schools and riders across North America compete head-to-head to log the most miles on their Expresso bikes. Often times each round of competition goes right up until the last minute, with just a few miles between eliminated teams and those moving on.

Binghamton University wins the 2017 Fall Frenzy!

Binghamton University wins the 2017 Fall Frenzy!

Last year, Binghamton University pushed to win the finals, edging out the runners-up in the championship by just 23.8 miles. Binghamton originally partnered with Advantage to install six Expresso S3 bikes in 2011, increased to eight Expresso HD bikes after engagement grew, and secured eight newly-released Expresso GO bikes in the last few months.

The 2018 Fall Frenzy’s qualifying round will begin at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, September 26th and run for 48 hours. Out of a pool of 218 registered college and university teams across the country, the top 16 teams with the most miles will advance to knockout play in the Sweet 16, Super 8, and Fearsome 4 rounds on their road to the Championship on October 24th and 25th.

For full details on this intense competition, check out Expresso’s website and the live leaderboard here.

Want to get your facility in on the buzz of Expresso’s competitive national and international challenges? View a list of upcoming events for clubs, YMCAs, and more!


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