Club Industry's Viral Fitness News highlights recent popular stories about the fitness industry circulating on social media. Do you have news to share with us? Send your news, tips or story ideas to email@example.com. You can also connect with us on Facebook, on Twitter @clubindustry and on LinkedIn.
Equinox, Curves and Gold's Gym were on the receiving end of a "Late Night With Stephen Colbert" joke last week. Host Stephen Colbert during his June 17 monologue addressed a report from IFL Science showing Americans could save billions of liters in water every year by urinating in the shower. He then turned to the camera and demanded apologies from the three fitness franchises and Home Depot in a tongue-in-cheek take.
CrossFit CEO Greg Glassman in a CNBC Facebook live interview said products, such as fitness trackers, that help moderate an individual's health belong in the "junk drawer." He continued: "There's some incredible technology. It's amazing to have a wearable that knows what workout you're doing and what reps you're doing, but it turns out I know what workout I'm doing and what reps I'm counting, too."
SoulCycle is featuring class programming based on the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton" at more than 62 studios across the country. "Our riders cannot get enough of our SoulCycle Hamilton-themed classes," Gabby Etrog Cohen, senior vice president of public relations and brand strategy, SoulCycle, told Well+Good.
Country star Kenny Chesney worked out at the Canadaigua, New York, YMCA for a few hours prior to his June 10 concert in the town. But like all other non-YMCA members, Chesney needed to produce his ID to the front desk staffer to gain access to the fitness center. The staffer, Sarah Belcher, recounted the moment in a Daily Messenger report.
Fitness guru Richard Simmons took to social media to deny rumors circulated by tabloid media that he is transitioning into a woman. "Although I am not transitioning, I have and always will be supportive of those who are going through their journey," Simmons wrote in a Facebook post on June 14.
Ruselis Aumeen Perry, who teaches mixed martial arts at Life Time Fitness in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was part of a team featured on the recent premiere of NBC reality competition show "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge," according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Three gym members who saved the life of a man who collapsed on a treadmill during a May workout at Park Ridge Charter Fitness in Park Ridge, Illinois, were recently honored for their efforts. Tina Aggarwal, John Dattomo and John Curran were recognized by the Park Ridge City Council for reviving Mike Fullman with CPR and an automatic external defibrillator, according to a Pioneer Press report.
South Korea-based B.U.S. Architecture has created a portable rec center for urban city dwellers. The "Undefined Playground" is five sided with a wood-paneled steel frame that covers 158 square feet and stands 12 feet tall. The product features basketball hoops and soccer goals, and it can serve as a hammock or sales booth during ticketed events, according to Wired.