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Videogame Review: A Dancer's Take On Xbox Fitness

Tracker Craze: Fitness Wristbands' Popularity Will Continue to Grow

Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer "We're also looking at weight transfer and that force of motionhow much you are getting into a certain move." Interactive: How It Works The technology behind the Xbox's (slightly eerie) ability to estimate muscle exertion and heart rate from afar F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal More Tech and Sports Training: A Coach's View The Reality | Chelsea Lynn Acree, a dancer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, tested two workouts in the game. Right off the bat, her "Form Meter" shot up and the "Score Multiplier" starting dinginga sign that her technique was consistently spot on. But when she intentionally botched her moves to test the Xbox's tracking ability, the meter didn't budge.
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"Within the monitoring world, activity monitors are definitely gaining momentum," Walker said. [ Best Fitness Tracker Bands ] The idea of using a device to monitor fitness performance is not new the first wireless heart-rate monitor was made more than 20 years ago. But activity trackers like the Fuelband are fairly new to the market, and have been popularized by brands like Nike, Adidas, Fitbit , Jawbone and Withings . The rise in consumer interest is due to the devices' ability to be paired with a smartphone, and device makers' creation of algorithms to analyze personal data and provide users with insights into their fitness, Walker said. Makers of activity trackers have also worked to make the look and feel of these devices appealing, Walker said. Some researchers have predicted that smartphone applications will kill the market for activity-tracker devices, but a survey by Walker and his colleagues suggests otherwise.
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Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Anytime Fitness #1 On Prestigious Franchise 500® List

1 on Entrepreneur magazine's annual Franchise 500 list. On a blistering hot streak, Anytime Fitness was also named "One of America's Most Promising Companies" by Forbes earlier this year, honored by Chief Executive magazine with its inaugural "Leadership" award, and named the "Best Place to Work" by Minnesota Business magazine two years in a row. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130506/AQ07432LOGO-b ) "This designation as number one is a credit to our fabulous franchisees," said Chuck Runyon, CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness. "In addition to operating convenient and affordable gyms, our franchisees and their staffs provide our members with personal service that gets real results. That personal touch and high level of engagement is what differentiates Anytime Fitness from many other gyms and what has strengthened and grown our brand worldwide." According to Entrepreneur, the most important factors for inclusion on its Franchise 500 list are: financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system. "With a fifty-one percent increase over the previous year's growth, franchises continue to drive the economy forward and remain excellent choices for those looking to exercise their entrepreneurial spirit," said Amy Cosper, vice president and editor in chief of Entrepreneur. "Unit numbers from the Franchise 500 are up, providing ample opportunity for individuals to explore options with the best franchise opportunities in the world like Anytime Fitness." FULL ARTICLE: www.entrepreneur.com/article/230291 "Considering the reputation of the other franchises ranked in the top 10, this is a tremendous honor for Anytime Fitness," said Dave Mortensen, President and co-founder of Anytime Fitness. "We love the fact that our business model provides our franchisees with the financial freedom and flexibility to enjoy their families while making meaningful contributions to their respective communities." Anytime Fitness ( www.anytimefitness.com ), the first fitness franchise ever to be ranked #1, placed higher than several franchise giants in the 2014 Franchise 500, including Subway, Jiffy Lube, Hampton Hotels and McDonald's. The franchise was founded in 2002, and since its debut on the list in 2006 at #261, has climbed rapidly through the publication's ranking, reaching #1 in just under 10 years.
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