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Graham Longwell

Utilizing specialized cardio and strength training devices (each likely costing more than a typical gym here on earth), this “space gym”’ is a critical component of an astronaut’s daily routine, helping to slow the


adverse affects of zero gravity on the body. In this issue, we depart briefly from our terrestrial reporting of the fitness industry to explore exercise in space with Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield. See “The Outer Space Workout” by Barb Gormley on page 30. Also in this issue, we present an excerpt from the recently released IHRSA

Canadian Health Club Report (see page 24). This report has established sev- eral operating benchmarks for Canadian clubs, including revenue growth, member retention, payroll expenses as a % of revenue, and fitness equipment reinvestment. Use this report to better assess your own club’s performance against that of your peers. The Fitness Business Canada team travels to

San Diego in mid-March to attend IHRSA’s 33nd Annual International Convention & Trade Show. Check our website (www.fitnessbusinesscanada. com) for exclusive video on the latest products and services we discover at this event.



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6 Fitness Business Canada March/April 2014 Celebrating

rbiting somewhere between 330 to 435 kilometres above the earth is what is undoubtedly the highest gym in the world, located on the International Space Station.

CANADA Vol. 15 No. 2 – March/April 2014


Chief Executive Officer, International Council on Active Aging, Vancouver, B.C.

David Hardy

President, Fitness Industry Council of Canada, Edmonton, Alta.

David Patchell-Evans CEO & Founder, GoodLife Fitness Clubs, president, canfitpro, London, Ont.

Dr. Greg Anderson

Kinesiology & Physical Educ., University College of the Fraser Valley, Mission, B.C.

Joe Doiron Senior Policy Analyst, Physical Activity Unit, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ont.

John Frittenburg President, The JF Group, B.C.

Karin Lofstrom Executive Director, Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity

Larry Greene

Co-Owner and Vice President, La Sporthèque de Hull, Hull, Que.

Michael Levy Executive Director, Spa Chakra Fitness, Chairman of the IHRSA Board of Directors

Susan Mundick General Manager Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, Vancouver, B.C.

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS Dr. Julia Alleyne, Paula Comfort, Barb Gormley, Billy Katelnikoff, Mike McPhee, Gary Pitts, Michael Raphael


Graham Longwell President, Mill Pond Publishing Inc.

Editor Graham Longwell

Senior Editor Barb Gormley

Graphic Designer Jonathan Cresswell-Jones

General Manager Mill Pond Publishing Inc. Stephen Longwell

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