Thursday, March 4, 2010

In America’s Gyms, More Than a Touch of Gray

“Island Fitness, with about 200 members, is a relatively small gym housed in what was once a machine shop. But the 8:30 women’s class and the 9:30 stretching class for older men that follows it are emblematic of a changing dynamic at fitness clubs coast to coast. Call it the graying of the gym: membership among adults 55 and older rose to 10.5 million in 2008, from 1.5 million in 1987, making this group the fastest-growing segment of the health club population, according to annual surveys by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, an organization based in Boston that represents many of the nation...

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