Best of the best: Top SNEWS Fitness stories of 2012

To cap off 2012, we’ve taken a look back and picked 10 of our favorite fitness stories from 2012.
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The world didn't end, so you have plenty more SNEWS to look forward to in 2013. But on this final day of year, we look back at our top 10 favorite SNEWS fitness stories from 2012, ordered by date.

  • There was a time when a person could walk into a specialty fitness retailer, spot the machine of their dreams and take it home without having to make a payment for a whole year. Thanks to the Credit Card Reform Act of 2008, those deals are gone as Congress determined it was not in the consumer’s best interest to avoid payment for a whole year and then have to deal with it all at once. While representatives from GE Capital say they haven’t seen a decline in the number of people applying for financing to purchase fitness equipment since the legislation was passed, fitness retailers tell SNEWS their customers are more reluctant to apply for credit than they used to be.

  • Usually bad weather is a bad omen. But not for fitness retailers. Triple-digit, record-breaking heat in the Denver, Colo., metro area this summer had us shouting, “I’m melting!” like the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz" as we bolted into our air-conditioned homes to run on our treadmills. We can’t be the only ones. Judging from what some home fitness retailers say, bad weather brings good sales. After a winter season of grim sales for the fitness industry, thanks to unseasonably mild weather that drove people outdoors for workouts, things might be looking up thanks to record-breaking heat in several parts of the country.

  • It’s not often that a 75th anniversary can be celebrated so we think it’s something special. Gym Source got its start as a sporting goods store called Cutler Owens in Rockefeller Center in 1937. Back then it was owned by Al Owens and Murray Cutler. In 1974, when Richard Miller joined the team, the store started to become more of a running and tennis store, versus just a sporting goods store. Check out our story on its 75th anniversary.

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