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Exercise Shorts

Exercise Shorts

What's new in the world of exercise and fitness.

Los Angeles' Fusion Fitness Concepts is offering a charity education tour with a summer season from June to September, and a fall season from September to November. The national instructor training organization selected three various charities to benefit through the proceeds of registrations for the continuing education workshops and mini-conferences held throughout the states. For more information on Fusion Fitness, visit

It's no secret mind/body classes are gaining in popularity at health clubs across the country. But just how popular are they? Ask IHRSA.

In surveys of IHRSA's own member clubs, 36 percent of fitness facilities offered yoga in 1994. But in 1999, that number jumped to 74 percent. Pilates, a fairly new mind/body offering at many health clubs, is nevertheless catching on in a big way. Nearly 25 percent of IHRSA clubs, according to an IHRSA Profiles of Success survey, offer the movement class based on the works of Joseph Pilates.

Industry veteran Michael Scott Scudder is now offering the AOL Health Club Network (AOL HCN), an educational service available via Scudder's consulting company, Fitness Focus. The privately operated AOL HCN will initially be available on a trial basis. The service will include a monthly, one-hour, private, password-protected chat room at pre-announced times; a monthly “Club e-Tip” designed to help club owners and managers to open new markets and profit centers; and available downloads designed to assist clubs in day-to-day operations. For more information on AOL HCN and Fitness Focus, e-mail or visit

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