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  Nothing seems to get the rhetorical juices flowing more readily than a thoughtful discussion around this topic, "Where is the health club industry headed?". I've enjoyed debating this point with colleagues for a few years now, as the question of Health Club growth and or maturation always draws controversy and debate. This is most often the case when long-time participants or advocates of the extant Health Club Industry defend its future promise, which I understand and appreciate. However, as is often the case when emotions run high, logic can be hard to hold onto. You see I believe the EXTANT Health Club Industry is truly in or near a point of maturation, but don't let that alarm you because there is still a bright future ahead, we just have to see the forest for the trees; I'll explain. Maturity Defined Recently, my friend Stuart Goldman of Club Industry crafte... (more)

The Affordable Care Act - Implications For Fitness Facilities

The Impact Of The Affordable Health Care Act On Fitness Facilities from Bryan O'Rourke Business Leader In Fitness, Wellness & Technology   There is no doubt that primary prevention is key to addressing the long term cost of sick care. With over a billion people on the planet being pre diabetic today, lifestyle is THE key factor in people not being well. Enter the controversial Affordable Care Act, which reflects an attempt by policy makers to incent employer health insurance plans to increase incentives and participation in programs designed to promote improved lifestyles. I beli... (more)

Technology Predictions for 2010

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer It's that time of year again, so I am sharing some thoughts about what 2010 should entail for technology. Here are some leading technology experts who share their valuable insights. Richard MacManus, Founder & CEO, @rww 1. There will be a breakthrough consumer application for Internet of Things - involving the iPhone, RFID tags and a major consumer product such as books or groceries. In general, Internet of Things will ramp up in 2010, with thousands more everyday objects becoming connected to the Internet. 2. Google will acquire PostRank and promptly con... (more)

A Doctrine for Change - Lawrence Lessig Again

I was again reading and reviewing Lawrence Lessig's work tonight. The man is so very articulate and his observations so compelling. If you haven't become a student of his work, please take my advice and give it a try here. At the 2002 Open Source Convention Lessig challenged the audience to get involved in the political process. A tireless advocate for open source, Lessig shared some basic concepts that are a solution to most of the barriers preventing our soceity from overcoming the major challenges of the time. A complete transcript of Lawrence's keynote presentation made on July ... (more)

Apple on Flash: Hey Steve, "C'mon Man"

Remember Hamlet and the quoteThe lady doth protest too much, methinks"? While in this case it isn't a lady, the question still applies to Apple's CEO. Steven P. Jobs posted a 1,700-word letter on Apple’s Web site on Thursday, explaining the company’s decision not to allow the multimedia software Adobe Flash on Apple’s mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad. The letter titled "Thoughts on Flash" ran the gamut from philosophical issues about the nature of closed platforms to complaints about performance and crashes.Why would Steve go to the trouble of sharing his "diatribe"? ... (more)