SNEWS best fitness reads from around the web

Check out the SNEWS reads today, which include a story on how airports and hotels are ramping up fitness offerings and another about how power walking is a great alternative to race walking.
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What did the SNEWS team read that might be interesting to other fitness industry insiders? Read on to find out.

  • A couple of months ago, we brought you a SNEWS Read about a yoga room in the San Francisco International Airport. This time we’re sharing news from the Salt Lake Tribune about the LiveWell Walking Path in Terminal D of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The article also discusses some pretty cool options for people staying in certain hotels to rent iPods and maps of local running trails.
  • Could “Nothing to Ninja” be the next CrossFit? We don’t know for sure, but after reading this Free Lance-Star story about this Ninja fitness class that participants say is strenuous yet fun, we think it might be.
  • It used to be that high-school weight rooms were only for athletes, but we were happy to read that one high school district in Fredericksburg, Va., is creating a workout facility that will be for all students who are interested in becoming healthier, not just for the athletes, after it got a grant from a local hospital. Check out the story
  • We’ve all had fitness setbacks, and no doubt your customers have too, but a a stumbling block does not mean defeat. This Galveston Daily News story talks about how to get back on your fitness regimen after sustaining an injury. 
  • Aw. There’s nothing like having a great partner in life to share things with, things like losing weight and starting to love crazy things like distance running. This Statesman Journal story features personal trainer Tirzah Hawkins and her journey from a fitness newbie to a marathon runner and personal trainer, which she did with her hubby.
  • Though the Olympics already had its run, the stories of the victories and the athletes will live on. One story that caught our attention was on MSNBC and highlighted the heaviest female athlete, American weightlifter Holley Mangold, 22, who said she’s proud to weigh 346 pounds and said she’s fit, not fat.
  • Several fad strength products on the market are the Thigh Masters of today, such as the Shake Weight and the Abdomenizers. But Nautilus is fighting back, according to this Forbes story, with its CoreBody Reformer. Check out the story.
  • We know watching the Summer Olympics inspired you to try race walking, but you’ll find, as we did, that it’s pretty grueling. This Chicago Tribune story discusses how those of us who are interested in race walking should try power walking, which is a bit easier on our bodies.
  • Here’s some good news for the P90X, CrossFit and Insanity enthusiasts: Strength training prevents type 2 diabetes. A recent study, as reported in this story in the Boston Globe, said strength training is as effective as cardio for staving off the disease.
  • As you read this, we are right smack in the middle of the Gore-Tex TransRockies Run, and we’re probably hurting and dealing with a lot of self-doubt. But we’re going to try to remember the advice in this CNN story, which said there is no room for self-doubt in fitness.

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--Compiled by Ana Trujillo

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