Fitness

MasterClass Announces First-Ever Class on Holistic Fitness and Wellness

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, today announced the expansion of its wellness category with certified personal trainer, celebrity fitness coach, Nike Master Trainer and founder of The Ocho System, Joe Holder who will teach fitness and wellness fundamentals. In his MasterClass, Holder goes deep into three pillars of wellness—physical movement, nutrition and mental fortitude—offering a foundational approach to health that will lead to successful habits. Holder’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 100+ instructors with an annual membership.

“Joe is recognized as one of the most influential individuals in the world of fitness and sport,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “His unique system transcends the focus on physical appearance and offers a more holistic approach to health.

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Study Finds Link Between Aerobic Fitness and Cognition

Researchers from Japan have found evidence of the missing link between aerobic fitness and cognitive function, according to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The findings revealed that spontaneous eye blink (sEBR), which reflects activity of the dopamine system, could be used to understand the connection between cognitive function and aerobic fitness.

Previous research has found that exercise-induced changes in cognitive function might be mediated by activity in the dopaminergic system, which is known to be involved in physical activity and exercise, according to the current study. However, a marker of activity in this system was needed to test this hypothesis in a future study.

“The dopaminergic system is associated with both executive function and motivated behavior, including physical activity,” said study author Ryuta Kuwamizu in a press release. “We used sEBR as a non-invasive measure of dopaminergic system function to test whether it

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24 Hour Fitness Permanently Closing Four San Francisco Locations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The national gym chain 24 Hour Fitness has filed for bankruptcy and is permanently closing more than 100 locations, including four in San Francisco. The locations planning to remain closed:

  • Alemany Sport, 3951 Alemany Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94132

  • Market Street, 2145 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114

  • Noe Valley FitLite, 3800 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94114

  • North Point, 350 Bay St., San Francisco, CA 94133

“If it were not for COVID-19 and its devastating effects, we would not be filing for Chapter 11,” CEO Tony Ueber said in a statement. “We expect to have substantial financing with a path to restructuring our balance sheet and operations to ensure a resilient future.”

Despite the forced closures, 24 Hour Fitness said Monday in its Chapter 11 filings that it has secured $250 million in funding to support the reopening of its other locations by the end

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