As the owner of a robust garage gym I don’t spend a ton of time thinking about gyms and their members. That is, until I heard an absolutely fascinating episode of the Planet Money podcast on NPR now (or subscribe via iTunes). The episode covered the tactics that low-cost gyms use to make a fortune on $10 a month membership fees by setting their members up to fail.
It’s no secret that I have a bit of a love hate relationship with American Football, lean more hate for the NFL and more love for the actual sport. It’s primal, it’s war on grass, it’s exciting, it’s a tax haven for rich assholes who trick cities and states into funding their stadiums, and it’s killing people at a fairly astonishing rate and age. Although the episode hit the airwaves nearly a year ago, Radiolab hit the nail on the head with their episode on American Football and if you haven’t heard it it’s certainly worth a listen.