Articles

Balancing Act

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Fitness professionals at clubs are challenged to find the proper balance between trendy and practical equipment for their facilities—without tipping the scales. By Brandi Shaffer, Associate Editor Like any industry that incorporates technology, trends can be fickle in the fitness business. Constantly changing announcements of the “next big thing” create a cycle of all-the-rage crazes […]


Pride and Praise

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          The Country Club of Colorado cultivates a healthy, positive environment for its active members—and applies the same collaborative philosophy to the management styles of each of its recreation departments. By Brandi Shaffer, Associate Editor Conceived as the private gem of 216 acres that would become Cheyenne Mountain Resort, the Country […]


Indigenous Ingredients

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With a public farmer’s market, organic chef’s garden and a farm-to-table restaurant that uses 50 percent local ingredients, The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz., is showcasing Southwestern cuisine and hospitality. By Brandi Shaffer, Associate Editor Children who grew up in Arizona, particularly between the 1950s and 1970s, learned about the five C’s that spurred the […]


At the Heart of the Course

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While stunning views and rolling fairways have long been selling points for golf courses, maintenance facilities serve as the heart of the greens—and clubs are now making sure they get the respect they deserve. By Brandi Shaffer, Associate Editor SUMMING IT UP Creating a clean and efficient maintenance facility streamlines operations and ensures optimum course […]


Tailored Training

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By supplementing fitness amenities with personal training programs that focus on the individual, clubs are emphasizing health, vitality and lifestyle changes over just dropping unwanted pounds. By Brandi Shaffer, Associate Editor The American Council on Exercise estimated in September 2012 that there were 29,365 health and fitness clubs across the country, tucked into strip malls, […]


Form Follows Function

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The back of the house is being brought front and center as clubs fuse style and technology with practical operations and renovate their kitchens before members’ watchful eyes. By Brandi Shaffer, Associate Editor For club kitchens, a functional space that allows the culinary staff to perform to the best of its ability is a priority. […]