Thursday, July 24, 2008

Santa Barbarans Still Getting 'Physical'

Fitness Facilities Aren't Seeing Economic Fallout

“As if rising grocery and fuel costs aren’t t enough to derail a healthy lifestyle, the cost of staying in shape may give some budget minded South Coast residents pause to consider the investment. In an economy where money is tight, gym memberships declined in the United States last year for the first time in a decade, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association. Several fitness providers in Santa Barbara,' however, said they have yet to see a drop m their membership ranks In fact, most are bullish about the market and are pumping up their presence in a number of ways, including the recruitment of new member. ‘Your good health is your most important asset,’ declared Cindy Capra, manager of the Spectrum Health Club on upper State Street ‘A sound body makes for a sound mind If you can't afford a gym, you should still exercise.’ Ms Capra said the health club is investing $1 million in remodeling and equipment purchases to better serve its 15,000 members at three Santa Barbara clubs. ‘The owner is very optimistic about this market,’ said Ms Capra, and is looking at adding services and programs to retain members and bring new ones into the club.”

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