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July.20.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Cybex Reports Third Consecutive Quarter of Sales Growth
Man Wanted in Fatal Attack of 24 Hour Member
Ex-Life Time Fitness Employee Charged with Aggravated Sexual Battery
Social Media Influences Fitness Trends
Health Clubs Can Minimize Bad Publicity with Proactive Planning
Enter the Social Media Best Practices Contest
Attention to Detail at Your Health Club Offers You a Competitive Edge
Step By Step: Gift Cards and Word-of-Mouth Referrals Boost Health Club Revenue
Giardina and TSI Ring NASDAQ Bell
All Quiet on Gold's-Bally Front...for Now
Make a Splash by Giving Cash for Long-Time Dedication
Facility News
Supplier News


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Cybex Reports Third Consecutive Quarter of Sales Growth
Cybex International reported second quarter 2011 net sales of $32.6 million, an 18 percent increase from the $27.7 million that the Medway, MA-based fitness equipment manufacturer reported in second quarter 2010, according to financials released Tuesday by the company.
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Man Wanted in Fatal Attack of 24 Hour Member
The suspect in the death of a 24 Hour Fitness member in May has been identified and is wanted by police.
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Ex-Life Time Fitness Employee Charged with Aggravated Sexual Battery
Life Time Fitness says that an employee who was arrested last Thursday and charged with aggravated sexual battery of a 6-year-old girl is no longer with the company.
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Social Media Influences Fitness Trends
Facebook and Twitter make it easier than ever for people to keep in touch without ever actually meeting face to face, but does that make users less social? Not according to a new report from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) that says emerging fitness trends are actually driven by the need to stay connected.
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Health Clubs Can Minimize Bad Publicity with Proactive Planning
Industry consultants often say that a key factor in a club's success is its skill in communicating with members and potential members, but the real measure of a club's communications strategy often occurs when it is faced with news it would rather not share.
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Enter the Social Media Best Practices Contest
If your fitness facility has used social media as part of its marketing, then submit an application to our Social Media Best Practices contest by Aug. 1. The four winners will be part of the social media panel discussion at the Club Industry show and will be featured in the magazine.
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Attention to Detail at Your Health Club Offers You a Competitive Edge
To achieve an edge over your competition, start by instilling a culture of attention to detail in your fitness facility. Herb Lipsman shares tips on how to do this.
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Step By Step: Gift Cards and Word-of-Mouth Referrals Boost Health Club Revenue
Sherri McMillian explains why you should have an aggressive, effective and systematic approach to encouraging referrals rather than waiting for members to think about sending you referrals.
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From the Blog
Giardina and TSI Ring NASDAQ Bell
It probably should not have come as a surprise to me that something as simple as ringing a bell would be made into a big production in New York. On Tuesday, the honor of ringing the closing bell went to Town Sports International (TSI) CEO Bob Giardina, the TSI executive committee and about 12 of TSI's top performing employees, according to Lisa Hufcut, TSI spokesperson.
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All Quiet on Gold's-Bally Front...for Now
The Gold's Gym convention is moving right along this week in Las Vegas, but so far, no announcement has been made about the speculated Gold's acquisition of Bally. Will that change in the next few days?
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Make a Splash by Giving Cash for Long-Time Dedication
How would you honor someone who has served your company for 30 years? If you are the co-owners of Newtown Athletic Club in Newtown, PA, you reward that person with $30,000 and name the day after her.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, closed a club last Friday in Fort Lauderdale, FL, because of an expired lease, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Members were allowed to transfer their memberships to any one of seven other South Florida Bally clubs, or they could be refunded in full by Bally, the newspaper reported. Most of the club's employees will transfer to other area Bally clubs.
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, will launch a new LifePower Yoga Teacher Training program this fall. The inaugural session will take place Sept. 9 through Oct. 2 at the Minneapolis Life Time Athletic Club. Jonny Kest, the recently appointed national director of yoga for Life Time, will lead the session. The 200-hour, 11-week certification program meets national Yoga Alliance requirements.
  • Two young men have died after a breath-holding experiment in a Staten Island, NY, public pool, according to various media outlets. Bohdan Vitenko and Jonathan Proce were practicing the technique in the shallow end of Joseph H. Lyons Pool in Tompkinsville, NY. Vitenko was pronounced dead approximately an hour after the pair were found unconscious in the busy pool last Wednesday. Proce, who worked as a lifeguard at another public pool in the area, died on Sunday.
  • The athletics department at the University of Oklahoma has announced a new initiative, Sooner Jr., to teach children about fitness and nutrition. The program will include a smartphone application that encourages children to get active by rewarding them with points for participating in various fitness exercises.
  • The Salvation Army's latest Kroc Center had its soft opening this week in Augusta, GA. The 100,000-square-foot community center includes a fitness center with strength and cardio equipment, group exercise studios, sports courts, a leisure pool and a lazy river. The Augusta Kroc's group exercise programming starts on Monday.
  • Supplier News
  • Retention Management, Charlotte, NC, which offers automated email communication solutions, has hired Bob Shoulders to lead its new social media division, which will help customers develop their social media presence. Shoulders previously served on the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association board of directors and was the general manager and owner of the Fayetteville Athletic Club for 15 years.
  • Walgreens, the national drug store chain, has made a minority investment in Core Performance, which offers wellness, fitness and nutrition programs developed by Athletes' Performance. The partnership is an effort to offer corporate wellness services to Walgreens' Take Care Health Systems employer clients. Take Care Health Systems operates nearly 400 work-site centers throughout the United States at companies such as Intel Corp. and Walt Disney Co.
  • Edison Ventures, Lawrenceville, NJ, has invested $2 million in MotionSoft, Silver Spring, MD, a provider of member management and billing software. The money will be used to increase development, sales and marketing.
  • FitnessMgr is releasing new software available for the iPhone, iPad and Web. The software allows fitness professionals to keep track of client information, manage memberships and customize exercises. It allows gyms to use their own branding on the mobile app. It also has a client interface where clients can track their weight, set goals and schedule classes or training sessions.
  • Dur-A-Flex Inc., Hartford, CT, has named Peter Zazzaro vice president of operations. Zazzaro was formerly the global director of operations, quality and regulatory affairs for Dymax Corp. and worked at Henkel Corp. in various North American leadership positions.
  • Star Trac has promoted Kevin Einck to vice president of key accounts. Einck has more than two decades of commercial fitness experience and has been with the Irvine, CA-based equipment manufacturer for seven years. He is credited with helping integrate strength equipment into Star Trac's cardio-only product line after the company acquired Flex Fitness in 2004.
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