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April 06, 1990 - Image 56

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-04-06

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At-Home Fitness

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ment with safety features and
usually uses a spotter — some-
one to break falls or catch slip-
ping barbells — during
The number of people work-
ing out at home, and the
money they spend on equip-
ment, has risen steadily dur-
ing the last five years, while
the number of health club
memberships has remained
fairly static, according to the
National Sporting Goods
More than 10 million people
belonged to health clubs for

Home Gym

The goal in designing a
home gym or workout room
is to create a usuable facili-
ty with a comfortable at-
mosphere, according to
local fitness experts.
If it looks like a
miniature Vic Tanny, but
your equipment just
gathers dust, you've
defeated the purpose.
Before launching what
could be a costly venture,
ask yourself:
1. What training effects
do you want? Is weight
training, aerobics for the
cardio-vascular system, or
just losing a few pounds
your workout mission?
2. Which equipment is
best-suited to help you ac-
complish your goals? "Just
because walking is a good
cardio-vascular exercise, it
doesn't mean that buying a
stair-climber or cross-
country ski machine will
be beneficial," says Steve
Riddle, U-M exercise
physiologist. "In fact, those
two machines require far
different muscles and much
higher stress levels (than

3. How much are you
willing to pay? Some
premium machines are ac-
tually the same quality as
lower-cost models but with
a lot of emphasis in the
"bells and whistles"
department. For instance, if
you're on a cardiac
rehabilitation program or
beginning an exercise pro-
gram for the first time after
years of leading a seden-
tary lifestyle, a digital
monitor that displays heart
rate might be a good idea.
Otherwise, it's just an ex-
pensive and needless
4. Is the device safe?
When testing out equip-
ment, ask to see documen-
tation for load specifica-
tions (how much stress the
machine is designed to

all or part of 1989, the associa-
tion estimates. Three to four
times that number were work-
ing out at home, where the
pressure to pump iron like Ar-
nold Schwarzenegger, or to
wear the latest leotard, is con-
siderably less.
In 1988, the last year for
which figures are available,
Americans spent about $1.4
billion on home exercise
machines — up 18 percent
over the previous year. The
top-selling exercise bike ac-
counted for $451 million in
sales, treadmills $282 million,
cross-country ski simulators
$159 million and rowing
machines $121 million.
Sales of Nautilus-style exer-
cise machines to individuals
in metro Detroit increased
dramatically in the mid-to-
late 1980s, according to two
local retailers.
"I think the greater
awareness of health issues has
sparked the increase, es-
pecially among the middle
class, who seem to be more
health conscious," said Larry
Aronoff of Acton Rental and
Sales. Individuals are his
main clientele, although the
company also sells equipment
to health clubs and other
Ibp sellers are electric tread-
mills, bicycles and combina-
tion gym stations, Aronoff
says. While many customers
build a home gym "piece by
piece," it's not uncommon for
people to come in and spend

$6-7,000 at a time on multiple
purchases, he says.
Gary Moody, general
manager of McCoy's Exercise
Equipment, says the percen-
tage of individuals buying
equipment for their homes
has climbed to 90 percent.
Because their purchases tend
to be smaller than institu-
tions, they account for 60 per-
cent of gross sales, he says.
One on One's Wiley and
other personal trainers design
personalized home workout
environments. Wiley usually
recommends a treadmill and a
multi-station gym, along with
a stationary bike. "Then I
diversify, depending on the
client," he says. "For instance,
if a woman is going to be us-
ing the equipment, she might
want a ballet bar for stret-
His clients spend $7-12,000
on a home set-up, he says.
But the specialized classes
and social interaction provid-
ed by health clubs can't be
duplicated at home, say area
club managers. "You don't
have the amenities (at home)
that a club can provide," says
Terry Marshand, assistant
general manager at the
Franklin Racquet Club in Far-
mington Hills.
CMI's Levy says trained per-
sonnel at clubs offer classes
designed to exercise "each
muscle group," or aerobic
classes superior to videotaped
workouts that can be done at
home. ❑

Move Over, Henefeld
You Have Company


Special to The Jewish News


he University of Con-
necticut's Nadav Hen-
efeld, an honorable
mention All-America by the
Associated Press, wasn't the
only Jew involved in post-
season college basketball
competition this year.
Big East runner-up
Syracuse had Bernie Fine,
one of the game's best assis-
tant coaches, and walk-on
substitute guard David
Bartelstein. Also in the
NCAA was Illinois State
assistant coach Jay Lowen-
thal. Most of the others are
involved in the NIT.
Eddie Fogler, one of the
game's bright young coaches,
won the National Invita-
tion Tournament (NIT) with
his first Vanderbilt team.
It kept his record going:
four years as a head coach,
four years in post-season play.

Seth Greenberg:
Long Beach 'associate.'

A long-time assistant to
Dean Smith at North
Carolina, Fogler's first head
coaching job was at Wichita
(Kan.) State, which he led in-
to the NCAA three straight
times. His former assistant,

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