I am very proud that the GymValet was recognized along with Planet Fitness Gyms, in the Greater Lansing, MI area, for a 2015 Tri-County Environmental Leadership Award. GymValet has been credited with decreasing Planet Fitness’ carbon footprint by the elimination of “wasteful” equipment cleaning using non-recyclable paper towels and/or disposable single use wipes. Additionally, GymValet based cleaning is also credited with saving each Planet Fitness gym over $25,000 per year in disposable paper costs. Thanks to Fred Mussehl, Regional Manager for five (soon to be six) Planet Fitness facilities in Michigan and Ohio, for recognizing the environmental and economic benefits of the GymValet. And, best of all, Planet Fitness members truly appreciate the convenient and effective cleaning that GymValet promotes.
That’s Fred and me at last week’s TECLA Annual Awards Luncheon.
At the 2015 IHRSA Show my GymValet booth was only 10 feet away from a Group Ex demo. area. Therefore, I was lucky enough to both be on duty and watch Billy Blanks, Mr. Tae Bo, in action. Billy hit the fitness industry with a significant “upper cut” in 1998 with the release of his first Tae Bo workout video–remember when Tae Bo was all the rage–with those knock-out infomercials? Today, 17 years later, Billy hasn’t lost a step and can really draw a crowd–and for good reason! His Tae Bo workouts are easy to follow–albeit very “invigorating” to do, his cueing is good, and he’s there to teach, not to get his own workout! His “on-stage” personality is electric! Couldn’t resist getting some video of Billy leading the way. I loved when he got I the face of the participants and challenged them to move bigger and better! That’s great teahing. Enjoy the video and, if you are so moved, step back from your computer and bust a few moves with Billy!! Extra bonus…I had the chance to chat with Billy after the workout and get a picture. Fun to rub shoulders with “fitness industry history!”
A beautiful day for running – February 2, 2015? I thought it was, and so did a photographer for the Associated Press as he drove by me soon after I started my run. What was an AP photographer doing driving in my quaint Shaker Heights neighborhood on a Tuesday morning? The obvious answer is looking for [...]
If equipment could talk, this piece would be screaming, “Clean Me”!
This picture shows an example of why I invented the GymValet. As I walked in to MY health club (no names, please) last evening, I passed by a piece from the Hoist Rocket series. There, dripping down the head pad was someones sweaty, greasy calling [...]
Two-Page Article in Summer 2014 Edition of National Fitness Trade Journal
GymValet hit the “fitness news stands” this month with a 2-page article in the Summer 2014 edition of the National Fitness Trade Journal. The article, GymValet vs. Disposable Wipes,” guides fitness facility owners and managers through a comparison of the: 1) costs, 2) effectiveness [...]
36 Years; 13,149; Double “Chai.” See Why the “Numerology of the Day” Makes Today’s Anniversary Run so Special!
May 15, 2014: Running streak day number 13,149 is in the books. Thirty six years–today! For me, today’s run took on very special meaning–due to the “numerology” of the day. In Hebrew and Judaism, the word “Chai,” meaning [...]
See what group exercise demonstrations caught my eye–functional to quirky, and everything in-between.
As you walk the IHRSA trade show floor you can’t help being drawn towards and attracted to the myriad of group exercise demonstrations that go on/cycle throughout the trade show day. Sometimes the attraction is auditory through the use of upbeat, pounding, toe [...]
See the equipment and equipment trends that caught my attention, and had me scratching my head in some cases.
As I walked the trade show floor at last week’s IHRSA Show, I was not so much interested in seeing the latest and greatest in treadmills and ellipticals, etc. Instead, I was interested in seeing the “other [...]
Let’s play the GymValet version of “Where’s Waldo!
Recently, my good friend, Dr. Franklin Marcus, sent me a clipping from the Health section of the December 11th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. Dr. Marcus wanted me to read an excerpt from a medical news brief. I couldn’t help but notice on the same page was [...]
You never know who you’ll run into on the floor of a trade show, and the recently concluded Athletic Business Conference, in San Diego, provided me with the thrill of meeting two contestants from one of my favorite reality shows–The Biggest Loser. If you know me, you know I “pound, [...]