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I recently received my first issue of Club Industry [May] and found it a good read. Especially interesting was the article on the Pilates trademark.
[W]hat I find most disturbing about the trademark dismissal is that the public is not sure what “Pilates” really is. They depend on the fitness industry for that. There is nothing to prevent an instructor just adding some leg lift exercise into her aerobics class and calling it a Pilates exercise….
Ms. Metcalf [fitness manager for the Willowbrook Athletic Club] states that many instructors will take the Pilates exercises and make them better? Then, thank goodness Pilates has come into full realization in the year 2001 — the year when the fitness industry is full of geniuses who, without the proper education or apprenticeship, can improve on a timeless exercise method.
Integrated Body Studio
I just wanted to let you know that you do a top-notch job with Club Industry. The magazine is first rate.
It is refreshing to see an editor who has a great sense of humor and doesn't take himself too seriously, but who has a zeal for helping others become healthy and fit…Keep up the good work!
Lance W. Wilke
Higher Power Personal
Fitness Training Systems
BACK TO REALITY
My congratulations and acknowledgment to you for one of the FINEST, most direct editorials I have seen in my 25 years in the fitness business (“Reality Check” [May])! Concise, cutting edge, gutsy and “telling it like it is.”
I think your closing statement is a wake-up call for the entire industry and I applaud you for it: “Our industry won't grow by pretending that U.S. citizens are eager to exercise. They aren't. That's bad news. But here's the good news: Once you recognize reality, you can work to change it.”
Michael Scott Scudder
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