Want a glimpse of tomorrow? So do we. That's why we asked our readers to describe what the faraway future holds for the health and fitness industry.
"I believe the future is bright for the health and fitness industry. There will be fitness/health centers for different populations. Example: Fitness/health centers for kids, seniors, middle-aged, etc. The limits will be endless. If there is a niche, you will be able to come up with something."
- ERIC RUSSEK, OWNER/PRESIDENT, FULL CIRCLE FITNESS, DELANO, MINN.
"More and more people will commit to a lifestyle that includes fitness. America's aging population will realize the benefits of exercise and see that they enjoy a better quality of life when they engage in a fitness regimen."
- SUSAN SCHUPACK, MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR, GENESEE VALLEY TENNIS CLUB & FITNESS CENTER, FLINT, MICH.
"I believe that man will become more sedentary with all the advances in technology. All of our modern-day conveniences (such as cell phones, wireless fax machines) will make more coach potatoes. Man will be forced into exercise to maintain good health. We have just touched the tip of the iceberg. The future is exciting, full of growth, awareness and success. It's a great time to be in the infancy of fitness."
- FRANK MANGANELLA, OWNER, FRANK MANGANELLA PERSONAL TRAINING INC., CARBONDALE, PA.
"I see more programming of classes with a softer, more gentle touch and more holistic ideas about wellness - yoga, tai chi, Pilates and massage therapy for seniors. I believe more programming for youth of all ages will generate more excitement and teach quality of life to younger markets. Also, I expect more variety and social opportunities for young couples, like financial planning classes, coffee galleries, book clubs, etc. People join to get fit, but they stay if they make friends."
- MARY KAY VON ALLMEN, GENERAL MANAGER, PRAIRIE ATHLETIC CLUB INC., SUN PRAIRIE, WIS.