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Most vital piece of functional fitness equipment found under foot

The inclusion of functional training into a healthy lifestyle does not stop when traveling for business or pleasure, and may influence a traveler’s hospitality selection.

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By Bo Barber
VP of Marketing and Sales, Ecore
 

Today’s health-conscious consumers on the cutting-edge of fitness are realizing the limitations of stationary strength and cardio machines, and are opting instead to focus on functional strength and conditioning exercises such as high-intensity interval training. This evolution in fitness was documented in the American College of Sports Medicine’s worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2016, which ranked high-intensity interval training as the no. 1 choice by consumers who now want more open spaces to exercise to boost long-term wellness.

The inclusion of functional training into a healthy lifestyle does not stop when traveling for business or pleasure, and may influence a traveler’s hospitality selection. To appeal to the modern consumer and stand out from competition, many in the hospitality industry are offering a customizable approach to staying fit while away from home that includes a full-scale gym and wellness center to support functional fitness activities such as jumping, sprinting, throwing and crawling.

To ensure these facilities meet the high expectations of today’s fitness enthusiasts, contract architects and specifiers are opting for flooring that positively influences safety, ergonomics and acoustics to provide users with force reduction and energy restitution throughout each workout.

How Flooring Impacts Functional Fitness
During functional training, people use their bodies and weights to perform exercises, making the surface underneath their feet more critical than ever before. In response to the functional training trend, fitness centers nationwide are removing some of the standard equipment and adding open space and more supportive flooring for interval training.

Hilton Hotels is taking the functional fitness trend one step further by offering open space with athletic flooring in individual hotel rooms. The Hilton Five Feet to Fitness project offers fitness-minded guests with a functional fitness nook in their rooms, equipped with Ecore ergonomic flooring, functional training equipment and a video kiosk with a library of guided exercises. The specially-designed flooring keeps guest workouts quiet and non-disruptive to neighboring rooms while providing support underfoot for a variety of fitness activities.

Unlike traditional fitness center flooring, functional training flooring has a direct impact on the performance of the athlete, providing stability and support to protect from injury. Functional fitness flooring must withstand heavy weight drops, ropes, medicine ball slams and repeated jumping, all while providing a comfortable, ergonomically sound and quiet environment. Architects and designers should keep in mind these three important factors when specifying a functional fitness facility:

Safety

Athletes of all levels – weekend warriors to Olympic champions – train to improve their abilities and reach new achievements. With each push toward greatness, athletes put their bodies at risk of injury that could set back their efforts temporarily or permanently. Thus, measures are taken to protect athletes’ bodies to ensure they are able to perform at peak levels – including proper nutrition, adequate sleep and high-quality equipment. Flooring is a key piece of equipment for athletes, playing a role in nearly every activity from start to finish. To keep safety a priority, fitness facilities should invest in surfaces that mitigate injury, protect the body and promote ultimate and healthy performance.

Ergonomics

Once the athlete’s body is protected, the focus turns to enhancing and improving performance. Functional fitness calls for intense activities to be performed in different frequencies and directions over and over. No matter the intensity, the repetitive motion, swift movement and constant impact takes a toll on the body and the quality of the workout. Ergonomic flooring helps diminish fatigue, minimize discomfort and enable athletes to perform at their highest levels longer and more efficiently. The right flooring enhances longevity of athletes by absorbing force and providing a return of energy through innovative engineering and design.

Acoustics

While acoustics may not be the first thing that comes to mind when brainstorming a state-of-the-art workout facility, it has a surprisingly significant impact on the overall fitness experience. A room full of athletes performing various activities involving fast movements and heavy weights can become a noisy mess fast. Using a flooring surface that absorbs energy, vibrations and sound can greatly reduce the ambient noise and create a more pleasant experience for the user and those around this space, while also greatly increasing the longevity of the flooring and fitness equipment.

Additional Flooring Selection Considerations
There are many different flooring materials to choose from when designing a fitness facility – some offering more benefits than others. While the flooring should be selected to meet the needs of the fitness center user first and foremost, the durability and sustainability of the product should play a role in decision making as well.

The use of environmentally-conscious and sustainable materials – such as tire scrap, recycled rubber, bamboo and cork – renders high-quality products for modern flooring demands without leaving a detrimental carbon footprint on the environment. Ecore’s Performance Collection, for example, features a durable top layer made of sustainable materials that is slip resistant when wet or dry, as well as fade resistant to hold up against the toughest workouts. The base layers provide significant sound and force reduction while delivering energy restitution, enabling the materials to last longer without additional repairs. These types of materials, when utilized properly, often exceed customer expectations in performance and durability, while greatly reducing maintenance costs over time. 

Modern athletes are looking for fitness equipment and accessories that not only accommodate their physical activities, but work equally hard to enhance performance and safety. Likewise, fitness center managers want to protect and support their members by investing in innovative equipment that will withstand heavy demands. Building up fitness and reaching new physical limits starts with the right foundation: quiet, safe, resilient, ergonomic flooring designed specifically to meet the needs of athletes and fitness centers.

Bo Barber is the Vice President of marketing and sales for Ecore, a company that transforms reclaimed materials into performance surfaces that make people’s lives better. Ecore’s products align substantial force reduction with a balanced amount of energy return to create surfaces to meet virtually every commercial flooring application need. 

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Discover the key to a youthful glow

As tired skin manifests through the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Kojie.san DreamWhite Anti-Aging Overnight Cream treats the skin with nourishing hydration and promotes firmness and elasticity in the delicate areas of the face and the neck.

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Pru Life UK launches latest product, PRULifetime Income

Policyholders can enjoy a guaranteed 5% yearly payout to fund family needs such as major purchases, education expenses, business needs, or retirement. The annual payout is equivalent to 5% of the sum assured and is payable from the end of the 6th policy year or until maturity, regardless of market conditions.

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Pru Life UK introduces PRULifetime Income – its latest traditional insurance product which provides a guaranteed 5% annual payout for life and 200% lifetime protection for the family.

Policyholders can enjoy a guaranteed 5% yearly payout to fund family needs such as major purchases, education expenses, business needs, or retirement. The annual payout is equivalent to 5% of the sum assured and is payable from the end of the 6th policy year or until maturity, regardless of market conditions.

PRULifetime Income offers more comprehensive financial protection with its 200% insurance coverage. Till age 100, the insured can leave a double financial safety net for their loved ones no matter what happens.

Payable for 5 or 10 years, the minimum coverage amount is P250,000. This product is the ideal option for parents planning for their child’s education, individuals with big purchase plans or travel goals and those who want a financially secure retirement.

For P2 million sum assured for a 10-year-old child, 10-year plan, get guaranteed P900,000 total payout at the age of 24, earn continuously till age 100 and leave P4 million to the child’s future family. A 30-year-old individual who wants P500,000 sum assured can get total payout of P375,000 when he/she turns 50 to fund a business or vacation and leave P1 million to loved ones in case of death.*

PRULifetime Income can also provide non-guaranteed dividends starting at the third (3rd) policy year and can be paid in cash, applied to premium due or left to accumulate interest set by the Company.**

“Many Filipinos now look for regular streams of income to pursue their life goals without the fear of financial instability. We want to accelerate value creation for our customers by delivering diverse financial products and solutions tailored to address their evolving and unique needs at every life stage. PRULifetime Income guarantees lifelong payouts plus double insurance coverage, helping customers achieve financial security,” Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK EVP and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer, shares.

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Pru Life UK sustains its position as the leading life insurer in the Philippines with the highest New Business Annual Premium Equivalent (NBAPE), according to the Insurance Commission’s Life Insurance Sector Quarterly Statistics for Q1 2024. Read about it here.

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Citadines Roces Quezon City showcased

The property stands as a premiere Citadines property in Quezon City, setting the standard for upscale accommodations and event facilities in the area. At the heart of its allure lies its exceptional banquet facilities, carefully designed to cater to a diverse range of events, parties, and gatherings.

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Through its latest Citadines property in Quezon City, The Ascott Limited invites guests to an unparalleled urban lifestyle experience. Situated in a thriving business district, this property is the ideal pick for those seeking to fully engage in the dynamic and vibrant essence of city life, thanks to its prime location and outstanding amenities.

The property stands as a premiere Citadines property in Quezon City, setting the standard for upscale accommodations and event facilities in the area. At the heart of its allure lies its exceptional banquet facilities, carefully designed to cater to a diverse range of events, parties, and gatherings.

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The property’s strategic location offers easy access to a multitude of corporate offices, entertainment options, dining establishments, and bustling shopping centers, like SM North EDSA and Ayala Malls Trinoma. Whether guests seek cultural immersion, culinary delights or simply wish to explore the vibrant city streets, Citadines Roces Quezon City serves as the ideal starting point for every urban adventure.

“We are excited to introduce Citadines Roces Quezon City as the epitome of city living. With our prime location and exceptional amenities, we aim to provide our guests with a truly immersive experience in the heart of Quezon City,” said Thea Peregrino, Citadines Roces Quezon City’s Assistant Residence Manager. “Our mission is to create a vibrant and dynamic environment where guests can feel at home while enjoying everything this bustling city offers.”

Citadines Roces Quezon City features a variety of well-designed apartments, including spacious studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units. Each apartment is thoughtfully furnished with modern amenities, ensuring every guest’s comfortable and enjoyable stay. The property also offers a range of facilities, including a fitness center, swimming pool, residents’ lounge, and round-the-clock reception and concierge services, providing a seamless and hassle-free living experience.

For those seeking the perfect blend of work and play, Citadines Roces Quezon City offers a social lounge equipped with modern facilities, services, and equipment to accommodate all the needs a professional may have, from working spaces to socializing stations.

Citadines Roces Quezon City invites guests to embrace the vibrant city lifestyle and discover the hidden gems of Quezon City. Whether for a short-term stay or an extended visit, Citadines Roces is committed to providing a home away from home that captures the essence of city living. Citadines Roces Quezon City opened its doors to the public in January 2024.

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