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October.5.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Life Time, TSI, Crunch Announce Club Openings
24 Hour Fitness Investing $20 Million in Three San Diego-Area Relocations
High-End Health Clubs Use Creative Methods to Attract Members
ClubSport Oregon Remodels to Attract Endurance Athletes
YMCA to Manage Arizona County Community Center
University Recreation Centers Seek Sponsors
Step by Step: Lessons in Budget Club Operations from International Health Club Operators
Doing the Right Thing Matters to Your Health Club Members and Staff
UMaine Finds a Good Fit in New Balance
Facility News
Supplier News
LinkedIn Discussions
Blog Comments
Online Story Comments


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Life Time, TSI, Crunch Announce Club Openings
Life Time Fitness, Town Sports International (TSI) and Crunch have each announced new clubs within the past week.
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24 Hour Fitness Investing $20 Million in Three San Diego-Area Relocations
24 Hour Fitness has been established in the San Diego area for almost 30 years. A few of its clubs there have gotten a little long in the tooth, however, which is why the San Ramon, CA-based company is relocating three clubs over the next two years to the tune of $20 million.
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High-End Health Clubs Use Creative Methods to Attract Members
Clubs such as The Houstonian have remained afloat even as the economy remains sluggish thanks to some aggressive marketing perks.
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ClubSport Oregon Remodels to Attract Endurance Athletes
The general manager of ClubSport Oregon is overseeing an $800,000 remodel of about 12,000 square feet of the 145,000-square-foot athletic resort. The remodel will include one of the first high-altitude training centers within a U.S. club.
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YMCA to Manage Arizona County Community Center
An Arizona county is handing over the management of a second municipal community center to the local YMCA.
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University Recreation Centers Seek Sponsors
Corporate names are finding their way into university rec centers as directors pursue sponsorships.
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Step by Step: Lessons in Budget Club Operations from International Health Club Operators
The pervading thought among most health club operators in the United States is that fitness club product and brand innovation begins and ends in America. Not so, writes Stephen Tharrett.
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Doing the Right Thing Matters to Your Health Club Members and Staff
Some managers hold themselves to lesser standards than they demand from their staff when it comes to things they consider minor details, writes Herb Lipsman.
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From the Blog
UMaine Finds a Good Fit in New Balance
Students' running shoes are not the only place you'll find the New Balance name at the University of Maine, Orono.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, held a grand reopening Monday of a club in downtown Sacramento, CA. The 50,000-square-foot club added 19,000 square feet on the first floor, completing the 31,000-square-foot expansion. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA basketball player, was on hand for the festivities and designated Monday as Healthy Sacramento Day.
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, opened its 100th club in Australia on Saturday. The club is located in Thornton, New South Wales. Anytime Fitness plans to open more than 350 clubs in Australia within the next two years.
  • The Workforce Health Improvement Program (WHIP) Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate this week by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). The act would allow employers who provide off-site exercise benefits for employees to deduct the cost of providing that option just as employers who provide on-site exercise facilities can do.
  • First lady Michelle Obama, the Jack LaLanne family and tennis star Venus Williams will participate with the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. National Geographic for Kids, the NBA and WNBA are co-sponsors of the event, which begins at 3 p.m. Eastern, 12 p.m. Pacific, on Oct. 11 and lasts until the same time on Oct. 12. The event continues the legacy of the late Jack LaLanne, who has received credit for the term "jumping jacks."
  • Curves, Waco, TX, is waiving the joining fee for new members who show proof that they have had a mammogram within the past year or make a $25 donation to breast cancer research in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Lucille Roberts, a New York-based women-only health club chain, is seeking potential franchisees to open clubs in five Connecticut cities: Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Norwalk and Stamford. Franchisee candidates should have a minimum net worth of $400,000 per unit and liquid assets of $75,000 per unit, the company says. Candidates also should have business or management sales experience but do not need to have a health club, fitness or wellness background.
  • Supplier News
  • Interactive Fitness Holdings (IFH), Sunnyvale, CA, has hired Sean Kearney as senior director of sales. Kearney has two decades of experience in sales management at Precor and StairMaster. He had been managing sales on the East Coast for Precor for the past eight years. IFH supplies the Expresso brand of interactive cardio systems, including the Expresso bike and the Expresso S3y, which is a bike for children ages 9 to 14 years old.
  • Spectrum Athletic Clubs, El Segundo, CA, has partnered with Les Mills International, Auckland, New Zealand, to launch Les Mills classes in 12 Spectrum clubs located in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA. The Les Mills Bodypump and Les Mills CXWORX classes began last week.
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., the Fallbrook, CA-based manufacturer of Nautilus commercial products, has named Steve Miller as its Mid-Atlantic regional sales manager. Miller previously held positions at Life Fitness and Matrix Fitness Systems.
  • Fitness Tools LLC, Ocala, FL, manufacturer of the Thorotread treadmill, has added Andy Graham and Hillis Lake to its sales team. Graham and Lake, who will be working with accounts throughout North America, have more than 25 years of experience in the industry.

  • Industry Buzz
    We appreciate readers' comments and discussions on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and online stories. Take a look at what people in the fitness business community are saying and join the conversation.

    LinkedIn Discussions
    The CPSC voted this morning to revoke its position that a pool drain can be rendered "unblockable" if fitted with an appropriate cover. Read the full story on our website and tell us what you think.

    Lara, thanks for writing a fair and balanced story, and telling it all…

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    Blog Comments
    Examining the State of Curves

    What a load of crap from curves. They are coming after franchisees left and right for closing, forcing many into bankruptcy. Curves lies, lies, lies…

    As a previous owner of Curves, I can tell you that Curves HARASSES franchisees that have closed. They have a law firm in Il. that calls and threatens lawsuits. The one thing you can count on is that Curves LIES!!

    What a bunch of Bull****. CI is still going after closed clubs for thousands of dollars, holding legitimate payments to closed clubs hostage and bullying bankrupt club owners for money…

    Online Story Comments
    Bally Sued Over Injury from Leg Curl Machine

    I can't really picture this- Id like to see a picture or maybe some type of in-depth explanation.…

    I think she did'nt really know how to use the leg curl machine properly. A user doesn't need to use one hands to guide it back to its resting position. Just by letting your legs guide it back to the resting position will suffice, or she had too much weight on the leg curl machine.???

    I am just trying to picture how that is exactly possible. What brand of equipment was it?

    This is a bunch of bologna! Everyone is out to make a quick buck in this sue happy world we live in these days…

    High-End Health Clubs Use Creative Methods to Attract Members

    This is an incredible marketing tool to get new members that is so non traditional. I am going to have to use this for sure. Referrals is where it is at and I guess if you can pull it off it is soooo worth it.

    Mountainside Fitness to Open Club Inside Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field

    That is a interesting move on their part. That will be cool to see how that pans out.

    Ex-Gold's Gym Executive Joel Tallman Lands at FIT Brands

    I love this. Joel was the heart of Gold's Gym and whatever he touchs will turn into gold.

    Design Principles to Consider for Your Group Exercise Studio

    Hervey is dead on. The chance to differentiate is huge for group ex rooms. Amateurs need not try to do this; they'll spend much more money fixing it or dealing with complaining members forever. The days of a box, a floor, and a sound system are way past gone.

    Exercise May Reduce Dementia Risk, Study Says

    The benefits of aerobic exercise are many! After 17 years as a fitness instructor, I experience the positive effects on a daily basis. Thanks for another study documenting the reasons why!…

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