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October.10.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

XSport Reopens after Plane Crash
Gold’s Gym Names Tim Hicks New VP of Franchise Sales
Les Mills International Purchases Les Mills South East
Former Peak Fitness Clubs Have New President
Sport & Health Acquires Clubgolf
Wisconsin Y Receives $6 Million Gift from Diversey Inc.
Dartmouth Receives $9 Million Gift for Fitness Center
Construction of $38.5 Million Facility Under Way at Denison University
Keynote Speaker Richard Simmons Brings Laughs and Tears
Bill Rancic Makes CI 2010 Part of His Whirlwind Tour
October Step by Step Articles Online Now
Facility News
Supplier News


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XSport Reopens after Plane Crash
NAPERVILLE, IL -- Just 21 hours after a plane crashed into its building, the XSport Fitness in Naperville, IL, reopened, and repairs to the facility are expected to be minimal.
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Gold’s Gym Names Tim Hicks New VP of Franchise Sales
IRVING, TX -- Gold’s Gym has named Tim Hicks as its new vice president of franchise sales. In his new role, Hicks will be responsible for awarding Gold’s Gym franchise opportunities to a targeted pool of potential candidates.
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Les Mills International Purchases Les Mills South East
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND -- Les Mills International (LMI) has purchased Les Mills South East (LMSE), the southeastern distributor of LMI, from Lifestyle Family Fitness.
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Former Peak Fitness Clubs Have New President
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Peak Fitness, which filed for bankruptcy last year, has a new name and a new president. Fuzion Investment Capital, Charlotte, NC, the parent company of what is now called ZX Fitness, has named Ron Poliseno as the club’s president to oversee the day-to-day operations of the 12 ZX Fitness clubs in the Carolinas.
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Sport & Health Acquires Clubgolf
GAITHERSBURG, MD -- Sport & Health Clubs acquired Clubgolf Performance Center at its Rio location in Gaithersburg, MD. The acquisition is part of Sport & Health’s multi-year campaign to grow and improve its network of health and fitness clubs throughout the Washington, DC, area.
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Wisconsin Y Receives $6 Million Gift from Diversey Inc.
RACINE, WI -- A state-of-the-art 70,000-square-foot YMCA will be built in Racine, WI, thanks to a $6 million gift from Diversey Inc., a manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene products based there.
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Dartmouth Receives $9 Million Gift for Fitness Center
HANOVER, NH -- Dartmouth College has received $9 million to support its recently renovated fitness center, according to the college’s website. The gift came from an anonymous donor.
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Construction of $38.5 Million Facility Under Way at Denison University
GRANVILLE, OH -- Denison University, an undergraduate liberal arts college in Granville, OH, has broken ground on the renovation and expansion of its athletics and recreation facilities. The project, budgeted at $38.5 million, is expected to be completed by spring 2013.
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From the Blog
Keynote Speaker Richard Simmons Brings Laughs and Tears
The words “keynote speaker” seem a little odd when followed by the name Richard Simmons. We didn’t know really what to expect when we asked the fitness phenomenon to do us the honor today at Club Industry 2010. But we all knew that he wasn’t going to get up on stage in a suit and tie with a stack of index cards.
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Bill Rancic Makes CI 2010 Part of His Whirlwind Tour
We thought since Bill Rancic is from Chicago and develops real estate here, coming to speak at the Club Industry show would be a piece of cake. Not so.
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In Brief
October Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s online how-to section was updated to include columns on how to fix poor staff performance, health club marketing tips, sales tips for a recession, how to respond to complaints and sales lessons from a beagle. Visit our site to read past articles from industry experts.
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Facility News
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, will open its first club in New York next February in Syosset, NY. The 112,000-square-foot Life Time Athletic club in Long Island will feature sports, recreation, fitness and spa programs and services. “We are excited to bring our unique, family-oriented health and wellness destination to the Syosset community of Long Island,” Jeff Zwiefel, Life Time’s executive vice president of operations, said in a statement.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, now has a free My24 mobile app for Android phones and devices. Android users can download the app to locate clubs, review club amenities, look up class schedules and access a variety of fitness tools.
  • LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, has opened a 42,000-square-foot club in the Phoenix suburb of Laveen, AZ. The club is part of a four-corner complex shared with several retailers.
  • The Rush Fitness Complex, Knoxville, TN, held a grand opening on Oct. 1 for its newest club in Dalton, GA, the company’s 21st club. The 30,000-square-foot club includes a “Ring of Fire,” a six-station, octagon-shaped circuit training center in which a group exercise trainer works out six people at a time 15 feet off the main floor. The club also includes indoor running bleachers.
  • Supplier News
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., Fallbrook, CA, manufacturer of Nautilus commercial products, has added Bernie Zelhof and Wes Brown to its sales team. Zelhof, who has worked with companies such as Cybex, Biodex and Body Masters in his more than 40 years of service to the medical and fitness industries, will be director of medical and key accounts. Brown, who joined the Nautilus corporate office in 1991, is now the Southeast regional manager as well as general sales agent for Med-Fit Systems. He previously served in regional and national sales as Nautilus’ sales support director and developed the Nautilus pre-owned division.
  • Cybex International Inc., Medway, MA, has partnered with Fabiano Designs and Colarossi Consulting and Management to launch Hotel Cybex, a customizable, high-end, pre-packaged fitness center created specifically for the full-service and luxury hotel and hospitality markets. Complete details, including brochures, prototype layouts and more, are available on the Hotel Cybex website. Recently, Fabiano Designs announced a partnership to redesign Anytime Fitness clubs.
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