SNEWS best fitness reads from around the web

Read about a recall of TRX Suspension Trainers and another about how sometimes the will to fit into our skinny jeans isn’t in our genes.

What did the SNEWS team read this week that other fitness insiders might find interesting? Well, read on to find out.

  • We all know your customers are using their own technology while they’re working out, either to entertain them or to track their workouts. That’s the reason, according to this Chicago Business Journal story, that Life Fitness recently opened up its application programming software so third-party developers can develop software that works with Life Fitness products.
  • TRX Suspension Trainers are hot commodities, and if you’ve sold any that were made between January 2006 and July 2007, you might want to call up your customers and tell them the theirs might be one of the 40,000 TRX Suspension Trainer Devices Fitness Anywhere recently recalled due to a fall hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission report, the company has received approximately 570 reports of the strap-length adjustable buckles breaking and 82 others of users falling because of it. Check out the report.
  • It’s pretty neat when we can read about politicians whilst taking a break from the election rhetoric. Especially when they’re giving props to fitness manufacturers. This ABC News story features former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the inauguration of Technogym Village in the northern Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Check out the article to find out why the heck President Clinton was at this opening. We’ll give you a hint. It has to do with childhood obesity prevention.
  • On a lighter note, this ABC News story gives you and your customers some tips (seven to be exact) from celebrity fitness instructor Noah Neiman of Barry’s Bootcamp. Some of his tips include incorporating high intensity interval training, adding jump roping to your routine and focusing on the workout by putting away distractions like magazines and cell phones. Plus, the article includes some eye candy in the form of a picture of Neiman. 
  • We keep hearing how horribly the health of today’s children is faring, and now according to a recent study (reported by Fox New York), not even certain exercise intervention programs are not helping. That’s probably because kids need to do something physical that they find fun, not forced exercise from interventions. Perhaps parents can find their kids activities where they are engaging in short bursts of intense exercise, like basketball or soccer, as this Richmond Register story said this is a surefire way to improve their health.
  • Kids enjoy video games too, and while some research has suggested new video game consoles and games don’t always mean calories burned for kids playing them, this Huffington Post story reports differently. There are games out there like Dance Dance Revolution and Sports Champions that do torch calories for kids.
  • While we’ve known about the ElliptiGo for nearly two years now, and while it was popular then, it seems to be catching on even more these days as we’ve seen it in a few news articles of late, like this one in the Cape Gazette. The story included news of two ladies riding ElliptiGos in the communities annual Bike to the Bay event.
  • We don’t necessarily call ourselves exercise enthusiasts. It’s more like an exercise to live type of situation, but it was refreshing to read this Philippine Star column about somebody who actually does consider herself an exercise enthusiast. Give it a read to get some motivation for you or your customers!
  • Perhaps we’re not exercise enthusiasts because we’re missing that gene. It’s a real thing. We swear. We found out in this Rapid City Journal story. But there’s hope if you don’t the gene, because if you’re anything like the author you can push past your negative thoughts and self-discouragement and still get all the benefits of exercise. Which is great because this Times Tribune story said exercise benefits our minds in addition to our bodies.
  • CrossFit is all the rage these days. We heard all about accessories that can be used for the super popular workouts at the Health & Fitness Business Expo last week, but what makes it so darn popular? Check out this Reuters story about the history and appeal of the program.

Have you read anything interesting you’d like to share with us? Maybe we’ll include it next week’s column with a little shout out to you. Send a link to the story with the subject line “SNEWS Reads” to be considered.

–Compiled by Ana Trujillo