Pharmaceutical companies and medical researchers are turning to fitness trackers - like the Fitbit - to gather more precise data on the effects of medications. 

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Pharmaceutical Companies Using Fitness Trackers To Collect Data On Drug Trials, Other Research

Consumers looking to improve their health have turned to fitness trackers like Fitbit, Jawbone, Vivofit, and Fuse that record the user’s heart rate, calories burned, steps walked, and other pertinent data. These devices are also increasingly being used for another purpose: tracking the effectiveness of new medications in drug trials and other research for pharmaceutical companies. [More]


Under Armour Buys MyFitnessPal And Endomondo So You’ll Buy More Clothes And Shoes

When you’re a fitness gear company, your goals are simple: you want people to buy more fitness gear. That’s why it makes sense that Under Armour, a company that makes athletic clothing, is buying up popular fitness apps, but the company’s master plan is very simple: people exercise more when they have apps that nag and reward them to do so, and those people need more shoes and clothes. [More]


Gym Business Models Depend On You Being Too Lazy To Work Out

Generally, there are two different kinds of gyms: the kind that actually expect their members to show up regularly and work out, and the kind that depend on most of their members to not show up on a regular basis. How do you get someone comfortable enough with a gym to pay up, even if they’re too busy or too lazy to show up? Sounds weird, but that’s their entire business model. [More]

Planet Fitness Kicked This Woman Out For Being Too Fit, Or Breaking The Rules

Planet Fitness Kicked This Woman Out For Being Too Fit, Or Breaking The Rules

A California woman made headlines nationwide when she went to a local TV station, claiming that a local Planet Fitness kicked her out for distracting other customers by being too fit. Wait: what happened to the whole “no judgement zone” marketing campaign? [More]


Give Fitness-Related Gifts Without Angering Your Loved Ones

Let’s say that you want to buy a fitness-related gift for a friend or relative, but don’t want to imply that they’re secretly a giant slug. You love them, which is why you want to encourage them to enjoy the life-extending benefits of exercise. Just without the life-shortening stress of being mad at you. How can you do that? [More]


Tell Me How To… Join A Gym

Our own expertise is limited, but the knowledge and experience of the Consumerist community is unlimited. That’s why we’re turning to you, the Consumerist Hivemind, to provide guidance and help solve readers’ problems. Today’s question: how does the wise consumer choose and join a gym while getting the best deal and avoiding shady practices? [More]


Should Group Fitness Classes Stay Out Of Public Parks?

Boot camp-style fitness classes that meet outdoors in parks are a much more fun way to exercise than staring at your own sweaty face in a mirror. Do they affect life in the park enough that cities should require them to get permission before setting up shop and pay fees? The city of Santa Monica, California thinks “maybe,” and is considering such a policy. [More]

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Gym Staff Member Bullies Couple For Being Fat, So They Want Out Of Their Contract

It’s hard enough some days to motivate oneself to get off the couch and head to the gym: what if you had to worry about being bullied and harassed by one of the staff personal trainers whenever you’re inside the facility? That’s what’s happening to Shayla and her husband. Now they want to be released from their contract, presumably so they can go to a different gym with fewer jerks on staff. [More]

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Walmart Will Kick-Start Your Fitness Regime With Chocolate Bark And Crisco

Kelly noticed a display at Walmart with signs that said “Get back on track,” which she assumed meant health foods and workout equipment. What else could it be? (Well, maybe NASCAR merchandise.) Instead of protein supplements and Shake Weights, she found cake mixes and cans of Crisco. Pretty much the opposite of what she was expecting. [More]

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Customer Sues L.A. Fitness, Says Pervy Trainers Gave Her ‘Suggestive’ Exercises

No one expects their workout with a personal trainer to be comfortable, but they also don’t expect to be sexually harassed, either. A Dallas woman is suing her local branch of L.A. Fitness, claiming that two different trainers at the gym made lewd comments to her and gave her what she considers “suggestive” exercises to do in front of them. Now she’s suing for Deceptive Trade Practices and Negligence, claiming that she kept up her end of the gym contract (paid her bills, didn’t break any rules) but that L.A. Fitness didn’t provide a safe workout environment. [More]

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You Don’t Have To Face Fitness Resolutions Alone: 5 Apps That Help You Work It Out

If the thought of heading to the gym where it might reek of body odor like the cellars at the coliseum in the heyday of gladiators, where you inevitably end up in a standoff with a huffy, tiny woman in yoga pants who thinks you’ve spent enough time on the treadmill makes you shudder, maybe you’d prefer to fulfill your New Year’s fitness resolution at home. But that ain’t easy, either, which is why a slew of apps on the market are offering to help. [More]

Would You Feel More Comfortable Exercising In A Gym That Bans Skinny People?

Would You Feel More Comfortable Exercising In A Gym That Bans Skinny People?

One of the main reasons given for avoiding the gym is anxiety or embarrassment about trying to exercise while surrounded by people who are already in shape. But some gyms are now actively marketing their services to the people who need to lose the most weight, and at least one has a policy keeping the fit folks from joining. [More]

If You Want To Work Out To A Video, Just Stay Home

Vikram has been pretty happy with his gym, Life Time Fitness. Until an employee caught him working out to a P90X video on his laptop. He was asked to stop. Vikram says that the first employee explained claimed that electronic devices were banned because they might have cameras–a weak argument when smartphones and camera-toting iPods rule the gym. A manager explained that it’s about “competing services.” Presumably the choices are: take a class or hire a trainer at the gym, or follow your workout video at home. [More]

One Man's Plan For An All-Out Attack On His Excess Baggage

One Man's Plan For An All-Out Attack On His Excess Baggage

Some weight loss experts warn against sudden, drastic changes in lifestyle and diet to try to lose weight, but there’s no restrictions on the results that determination and careful planning can yield. Those who have already given up on New Year’s resolutions to lose weight may find inspiration in people who are making sweeping changes. [More]

330 lb Man Donates $5 To Fight Childhood Obesity For Every Pound He Loses

330 lb Man Donates $5 To Fight Childhood Obesity For Every Pound He Loses

Some people want to look good for the beach. Others want to be able to enjoy their favorite sport again. Hank, who started his journey at 335 pounds, is motivating his weight loss goal by donating $5 for every pound he loses to a local non-profit that fights childhood obesity. [More]

Training For A Triathlon On The Cheap

Training For A Triathlon On The Cheap

Triathlons have shot up in popularity over the past few years, but how do you train without busting the bank? After all, you’re doing three sports in one, swimming, biking, and running. That means three different sports you have to buy equipment for. [More]

Build Your Own Home Gym For Cheap With Craigslist

Build Your Own Home Gym For Cheap With Craigslist

Getting in shape this year needn’t require a gym membership. A reader over at the New York Times Bucks Blog sent in info and pictures about the home gym he built almost entirely from equipment scavenged off Craigslist. [More]

Blame Your Friends For Making You Fat

Blame Your Friends For Making You Fat

Fat is contagious! [More]