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November.23.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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LA Fitness Acquires 171 Bally Total Fitness Clubs
Cybex Analyzes Legal and Financial Options in Barnhard Case
24 Hour Mourns Passing of Ted Forstmann
Pooling Resources: Schools Seek Partners for Sports and Rec Programming
Air Force to Eliminate Civilian Fitness Jobs
Marine Fitness Program Aims to Reduce Stress
Med-Fit Has 34 Percent Growth in Third Quarter
Step by Step: New Approaches to Health Club Membership Packaging and Pricing
Video: Club Operators and Social Media Mistakes
Planet Fitness, 24 Hour Employees Save Lives Just in Time for the Holidays
Fitness Industry Activity Abounds in November
Facility News
Supplier News
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LA Fitness Acquires 171 Bally Total Fitness Clubs
LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, is acquiring 171 clubs from Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, for $153 million, the companies announced. The blockbuster deal will change the landscape of the entire health club industry.
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Cybex Analyzes Legal and Financial Options in Barnhard Case
Cybex International is analyzing its legal and financial options related to a recent decision against it in a product liability case. However, the company's first step is to file an appeal with the New York State Supreme Court.
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24 Hour Mourns Passing of Ted Forstmann
24 Hour Fitness CEO Carl Liebert called Ted Forstmann a friend and mentor as he mourned the loss of the founding partner of private equity firm Forstmann Little and Co., 24 Hour's parent company.
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Pooling Resources: Schools Seek Partners for Sports and Rec Programming
Faced with the possibility of having to eliminate recreation and sports programs, administrators at many schools and colleges have found that partnering with other entities has allowed them to continue or even improve their offerings to students.
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Air Force to Eliminate Civilian Fitness Jobs
The Air Force is eliminating the jobs of around 300 civilian fitness testers in an effort to save money.
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Marine Fitness Program Aims to Reduce Stress
Semper Fit, the fitness program of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), is partnering with the branch's DSTRESS phone line to offer fitness-based solutions to stress issues faced by some Marines.
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Med-Fit Has 34 Percent Growth in Third Quarter
Med-Fit Systems Inc., Fallbrook, CA, manufacturer of Nautilus commercial products, announced a 34 percent increase in sales in third quarter 2011 compared to the same period last year.
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Step by Step: New Approaches to Health Club Membership Packaging and Pricing
Stephen Tharrett shares some of the old types of membership packages and pricing ideas and how some club operators are leaving them behind with new ideas.
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Video: Club Operators and Social Media Mistakes
Casey Conrad, president of Communications Consultants and a Club Industry advisory board member, talks about some of the mistakes that club operators make with social networking.
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From the Blog
Planet Fitness, 24 Hour Employees Save Lives Just in Time for the Holidays
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’ve come across two stories of fitness club employees at Planet Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness who saved two members’ lives with the aid of an AED. Both saves were recognized on Tuesday.
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Fitness Industry Activity Abounds in November
The past 10 days have been a bit of a whirlwind that has kept us hopping trying to cover it all. The event that likely will have the most significant effect on the industry is LA Fitness' acquisition of 171 Bally Total Fitness clubs.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Gold's Gym International, (GGI) Irving, TX, has converted a franchised gym in Colorado Springs, CO, into a corporate-owned gym. GGI had recently taken over operations at the Briargate location when a dispute between the franchisee and the landlord of the shopping center temporarily closed the gym. "We were happy to step in so that members could continue their workouts and will immediately begin re-staffing the gym and making sure it delivers the ultimate fitness experience," GGI President Jim Snow said. GGI will be hiring managers, salespeople, group exercise instructors, personal trainers and other positions from the Colorado Springs community.
  • Two contract pool maintenance workers were hospitalized Monday after a chemical mishap at an LA Fitness in Hopkins, MN, according to numerous media reports. One of the workers remained in critical condition on Monday night. Police said that the pool chemicals were mixed incorrectly, releasing a vapor cloud inside the club. No LA Fitness members or employees were harmed. LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, has not responded to a request seeking comment.
  • A fire early Monday morning caused an estimated $11,000 in damage at NuLife Fitness in Williamston, NC, according to local media reports. The fire was caused by a malfunctioning claw crane arcade game inside NuLife, which also operates NuLife 4 Kids. The fire triggered the building's sprinkler system, causing extensive water damage at the club.
  • Gainesville Health and Fitness, Gainesville, FL, was temporarily evacuated last Thursday when a faulty smoke detector set off the building's fire alarm. Brian Russell, communications specialist for Gainesville Health and Fitness, says a sensor was malfunctioning. The company that the club contracts with is replacing the sensor, Russell adds.
  • Two executives at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Salem, OR, have announced that they will retire on Dec. 1, according to local media outlets. Donna Ames, the center's executive director, and her husband, Jerry Ames, county coordinator for the Kroc Center, were eligible to retire from the Salvation Army several years ago but agreed to stay on in order to see the Salem Kroc through its opening in September 2009. A Salvation Army Western Territory spokesperson said the organization hoped to announce the successors by mid-December.
  • The Delaware (OH) Community Center YMCA opened its doors on Tuesday. The center, which will hold a grand opening ceremony on Dec. 17, was built and is owned by the city of Delaware, OH, but is operated by the YMCA of Central Ohio as part of a public-private partnership. In August, the city awarded a contract for managing all of its recreation facilities and programming to the YMCA.
  • Supplier News
  • Hoist Fitness Systems held a groundbreaking for its 130,000-square-foot facility on Nov. 11. The custom-built facility, which is on 6.8 acres in San Diego County, CA, allows Hoist's teams to collaborate under one roof on products, such as its ROC-IT line.
  • ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, has hired Craig Fine as regional sales director. Fine had served as vice president of business development at Conexion, which was founded and operated by his father, Benson Fine, for more than 10 years. Fine most recently was director of channel sales for Motionsoft.
  • AV Now Fitness Sound recently released its Fitness Audio MT-U8 cableless microphone system. The Fitness Audio MT-U8 compact transmitter has been miniaturized and attached to the Aeromic, Cyclemic, or E-mic headset frames. The system has specially designed O-ring seals, marine-grade varnish on the circuit board and a sealed, single push-button power switch. It also has an eight-channel frequency-agile transmitter and receiver combination.
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    Online Story Comments
    LA Fitness Acquires 171 Bally Total Fitness Clubs

    Bally would still be thriving today if the members managed it. It's not that hard to figure out what your members want and …

    Nice job Sheehan.....didn't take you too long to run it into the ground. You don't really think everyone bought your comment…

    Sad, I worked for Bally's for 15 years. At one point we were number 1. I guess mismanagement as well as smart decisions for…

    Missouri Y Objects to Community Center Plans

    I agree with Optimalfit... The YMCA has no room to whine one bit!…

    Maryland AG Reaches Settlement with Baltimore Club Owner

    A bogus story. You should get the complete truth before printing these types of stories. This owner made many improvements to the club including adding about 100 pieces of cardio…

    A completely misleading story and only designed to pump-up the Maryland AG office. I am a member of this club. The new owner…

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