My husband Patrick and I have owned the Fire House Gym Inc. in North Platte, NE for 23 years. While on vacation I read your letter, “Mixed Messages” in the May issue. My husband and I agree with your views.
Upon our return from vacation, some members approached my husband about a flyer that a competitor printed in the local paper. We were appalled that they were offering free beer, wine and pizza as part of its open house. Its fitness facility is offered to all ages and there are many teenage members.
We have questioned this club's motives and now have proof that they are only in this business for the money.
Your last paragraph says it best, “if the industry as a whole is going to move forward and get the message about its mission out there it is time to decide what is more important, the bottom line or leading the way to a healthier lifestyle.”
Thank you, Patrick and Bunny Hinde
Owners, Fire House Gym Inc.
And the editor responds…
Thanks for your letter. I am sure the club you are writing about is controlling the distribution of the refreshments to age-appropriate individuals, but you are right that it is sending mixed messages to members. If this kind of practice is an occasional event I believe it carries less impact than junk food and drink served on a regular basis, but they still would be better off promoting healthy fun and proper eating over free beer and food.
Health and fitness has been my passion for more than 20 years through my journey from anorexia to champion bodybuilder and master trainer and nutrition business consultant. My mission is to help people understand and integrate a well-rounded lifestyle that prevents illness and injury, while promoting long-term wellness.
This e-mail is prompted by the “Integrating Wellness” feature and the Focus On Personal Training article, as well as the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner ad on the inside back cover of the May issue. They caught my attention so strongly that I referenced them to everyone I know in the industry. I intend to integrate this magazine into my business presentations, as it so beautifully validates the trend upon which we build the Pharmanex portion of our company.
Thank you for positioning the trend of wellness on the front cover and throughout your magazine. With such focus, our industry just might step out from in front of the mirror and connect with what matters first and foremost — total wellness!
In fitness & health, Mickey Esparza, V.P.
Body Tech Fitness Consulting
Indep. Pharmanex distributor & Business Consultant
And the editor responds….
Congratulations on transforming your life through health and fitness. We are encouraged to see people incorporating total health and wellness to the pursuit of fitness and creating a business. We are also glad that readers are finding the coverage provided in Club Industry worthy of passing to colleagues. We are achieving our goal of helping everyone do their business a little better.
To whom it may concern:
It was great to see an article that covers the ADA compliant regulations for fitness clubs; however, I was surprised to see that an important ADA requirement was left out regarding locker room requirements.
The U.S. Access Board has specific requirements for the percentage of lockers that need to be compliant. An ADA-compliant locker includes everything from the type of locker, the space around the locker, the shelving location and the hardware.
I am familiar with these regulations because we manufacture the only ADA-compliant locking service. The requirement for lockers to be ADA compliant is not specific, the regulations require a percentage. However, the guidelines were updated on Sept. 3, 2002 and as soon as the Department of Justice signs off on the updated regulations (expected to pass before the end of 2003) the Access Board will require 5 percent of all lockers to be ADA compliant.
I wanted to make you aware of this. The requirements can be retrieved off of the Access Board's web site at www.access-board.gov), as well as a copy of our product information.
Best regards, Julie Ash
Account Manager, Digilock
The author responds…
Thank you for your kind note and interest in enhancing physical activity options among people with disabilities. Relative to the checklist, the measure was the measure employed in our study conducted during 2000-2001 and is an update of a previously published measure used in a 1996 study. Also, only a partial list of items was included in the article. The full checklist can be accessed at www.clubindustry.com. There are 19 items focused on the restrooms/locker rooms. Hopefully, this clarifies the nature and focus of the checklist. I applaud you and your company for taking a leadership role in developing accessible locker facilities. Thank you for bringing the Access Board requirements to the attention of Club Industry readers.
Warm regards, Bradley J. Cardinal, Ph.D., FACSM