Aquatic Training: A Growing Trend

When planning new recreation centers, the types and number of pools need to be carefully taken into consideration. Different activities and water sports require different pool shapes and have different regulations. This May 2017 blog post from Athletic Business discusses the advantages and the growing trend of aquatic training: “Besides the novelty of a new…

Workout Facilities in the Workplace: Pros and Cons

By Kathy Russell, ALSC Googleplex (Google’s global headquarters) has seven fitness facilities on its campus in Mountain View, California. While most businesses aren’t large enough for that many gyms, major corporations such as Staples, Symantec and Verizon Wireless have opened fitness facilities at their headquarters. Smaller companies are also investing in simple workout rooms. What is…

Workout Facilities in the Workplace: Pros and Cons

By Kathy Russell, ALSC Architects Googleplex in Mountain View, California, has seven fitness facilities on its campus. While most businesses aren’t large enough for that many gyms, major corporations such as Staples, Symantec and Verizon Wireless have opened fitness facilities at their headquarters. Smaller companies are also investing in simple workout rooms. What is driving…

Getting Outside in the Box

By Robin Pecka, ALSC Architects Anyone living in a place with four seasons is probably familiar with the hashtag #getoutside followed by a picture of someone doing something active outside. If you are a four-seasoner like me, you may feel guilt and shame if it’s a sunny day and you choose to go the gym…

Municipal Recreation Centers: The New Community Center

by Kathy Russell, ALSC Architects Traditionally, municipal community centers served the public with social services, meeting spaces and a place for classes. Amenities offered at city owned facilities have increased in the past decade to offer many more activities such indoor and outdoor sports facilities, water parks, rock climbing, specialized fitness classes like TRX and…

American Ninja Warrior Hits The Gym

By Kathy Russell, ALSC Architects It took seven seasons of televised American Ninja Warrior competitions before any Americans finally won the popular obstacle course race and took home the grand prize. As each season went by without a winner, the ANW fever grew as the athletic competitors started looking for ways to train harder and…

Go Inside and Play!

by Robin Pecka, ALSC Architects Fitness Centers – an adult’s playground. You can take your pick of activities, but it all focuses on one thing – our well being. As humans, there is one thing we are biologically built to need that maximizes our health and happiness and takes “health and wellness” to a whole…

Trends in Fitness: Back to Basics

By Debbie Bravo, ALSC Architects While wearable technology is the number one trend for 2016, it has little impact on the built environment – and vice versa; the built environment has little to no effect on the use of wearable technology. The number two and three activities on the 2016 list, however, can be greatly affected by…