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Fitnesscasting is the commercial application of podcasting for the personal fitness industry. Fitnesscasting is the distribution and publishing of audio and video feeds, that offer personal health and fitness training and information delivered over the Internet, for on demand listening.

This is a new step in the evolution of on-demand health and fitness information delivery, making it accessible, informative, useful and appealing. This mix presents the health and fitness industry with a very unique opportunity to reach its audience through this new medium. Those individuals, who are already seeking health and fitness information actively, will use RSS subscription technology built into each podcast feed, to receive information immediately as it is updated by each organization. With one click of a button, a user can subscribe to a feed that may be interesting, and any related information that is ever updated to that feed will be automatically processed to their personal aggregator. An aggregator is able to subscribe to a feed, check for new content at user-determined intervals, and retrieve the content.

To take this process one step further, podcasting publishes each feed with the capability to be transferred to any portable audio or video device. So with the growth of the ipod and all the other portable media devices, you have the ability to grab fitnesscasts and place them on your portable player for listening or viewing. Most users attach their portable players to their computers daily or weekly, and once the player is attached they automatically receive the new Fitnesscast updates.

The flexibility of this medium is what will drive the growth of Fitnesscasting tremendously over the next few years. There are numerous formats that can be used in developing a fitnesscast. Audio and video workouts give the power to the listener or viewer to receive on-demand health and fitness training. In addition, podcasts are being placed on portable video devices to offer exclusive training workouts for those clients who may travel a lot, or want to workout in the comfort of their home or on their own schedule.

The best thing about fitnesscasting is that the opportunities are endless. Here are some examples of how podcasting will benefit the fitness industry. Most Americans have heard of 6 minute abs or the home jazzercise videos, in fact, these have sold extremely well in our society. With as busy as people are in today’s society, some individuals do not have the opportunity to make it to a gym as much as they would like. However, these same individuals are not looking to give up their workout routine, they just need it custom fitted to their likings. With fitnesscasting, you have the ability to utilize this medium on-demand at the convenience. In addition, with audio and video ipods you can take these fitnesscasts with you when traveling.

Another example of its use could be in large scale gyms. All gyms have trainers who help their patrons’ workout and develop their bodies, yet, sometimes there are either not enough trainers or time schedules do not match up. With fitnesscasting, you have an audio or video of a trainer giving you instruction, at the touch of your fingers and on your time schedule.

The options are wide open for the development of fitness programs that are cutting edge, and highly opportunistic in terms of converting listeners and users into consumers and revenues.

The popularity of portable on demand information will grow even greater as wireless internet services continue to flourish across the country. These portable devices will no longer have to be connected to the internet; they will receive information wirelessly as it is updated. In addition, as cell phones and portable devices continue to merge together, the market grows larger.

For organizations that have members worldwide, the distribution of company information is very important, and once again this offers each institution a method of on-demand delivery which is convenient to all.

There are numerous uses for Fitnesscasting, and over the next few years it will explode in popularity. It is beneficial to organizations as well as the consumer, and it will be seen as a great tool in any health and fitness organizations’ operations.

Source by Ryan Matthew Hoback

A medium-sized fitness center can be anywhere from 500 to 1500 square feet in size. Fitness centers of this size may be found at a school, hotel, community center, or a place of employment, such as corporate office or fire department. Depending upon the needs of the facility, designers may include numerous types of commercial fitness equipment for cardiovascular exercise and weight training. There may also be rooms or space for instructional classes such as yoga, Pilates, spin classes or martial arts. Layout and design of a fitness center of this size depends on the total space and budget available. The following are some types of exercise equipment to consider when designing a medium-sized fitness center.

Cardiovascular Equipment

Aerobic exercise is a key component of any health and exercise regimen. A minimum of 20 to 30 minutes of low impact cardiovascular exercise is recommended at least 3 times per week in order to stay fit and healthy. Some of the most popular cardiovascular equipment types in a commercial fitness center are treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, and exercise or stationary bikes. Exercise bikes come in 3 different styles: upright, recumbent, and spinning. Stair climbers and rowing machines are also other options. A sample medium-sized facility with multiple users might include the following cardio equipment:

• 3-5 Treadmills

• 2-3 Elliptical Machines

• 2-3 Exercise Bikes

• 1 Stair Climber and/or Rowing Machine

Treadmills are often the most popular piece of cardio equipment in a gym. They are ideal for novices and advanced exercisers alike, since they are easy to use and offer a range of exercise options from walking to hiking to running. To minimize wait times, it is useful to include a greater number of treadmills than other pieces of cardio equipment. Elliptical cross trainers provide a comprehensive, low impact cardiovascular workout, combining both the upper and lower body. The movement is similar to cross country skiing and is often recommended as being easy on the joints.

Weight Training Equipment

Strength training is another key component of a health and exercise regimen. Strength training builds bone density and muscle tone. Typical strength training equipment in a commercial fitness center includes specialized weight machines, multi-station gyms, and free weights. Fitness centers with limited space may choose to include 1-2 multi-station gyms that work multiple parts of the body, while larger gyms may include more focused, specialized machines, such as:

• Seated Leg Curl Machine

• Leg Press

• Leg Extension

• Lateral Pull Down Machine

• Chest Press

• Squat Rack

Free weights should include a dumbbell set with weights ranging from 5-75 pounds. It is important to designate a specific area of the fitness center for free weight exercises, to better ensure comfort and safety.

Additional fitness equipment to consider includes exercise or Pilates balls, exercise bands, and jump ropes. Each of these items helps to build strength and tone muscles through varied isolation movements. The jump ropes also contribute to the cardiovascular workout. Gym flooring should be chosen that reduces impact on knees, and any carpet should be low pile to avoid slips and injuries.

Source by Ty Hartwell

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