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November.30.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Bally, LA Fitness Complete Sale of 171 Clubs
Cost Is Top Barrier to Health Club Membership, Per Study
Fitness Industry Veteran Bob Delmonteque Dies
Snap Fitness Gives Away Franchise in Contest
Michigan Kroc Center Awarded Gold LEED Certificate
Peterson AFB Buys New Fitness Assessment Equipment
Step by Step: How to Put Together a Successful Pre-Sale for Your Fitness Facility
Video: More on Social Networking
When Employees Tweet, You May Not Always Like It
Do You Allow Treadmill Dancing at Your Club?
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Supplier News
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Bally, LA Fitness Complete Sale of 171 Clubs
Bally Total Fitness has completed the transaction to sell the assets of 171 clubs to LA Fitness, the companies announced today. The deal affects several major markets in the United States.
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Cost Is Top Barrier to Health Club Membership, Per Study
Despite the increase in low-priced health clubs, 56 percent of people polled said that cost is the top barrier to joining a health club, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association's (IHRSA) quarterly consumer study, "The IHRSA Trend Report."
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Fitness Industry Veteran Bob Delmonteque Dies
The fitness industry lost a longtime advocate and former owner last week when Bob Delmonteque passed away at his home in Malibu, CA. He was 85.
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Snap Fitness Gives Away Franchise in Contest
Peter Taunton made one woman very happy last month. The CEO of Snap Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, traveled to Albany, GA, with Snap Fitness COO Gary Findley on Oct. 11 to present a Snap Fitness franchise worth $250,000 to Charlice Noble-Jones, the winner of the Partner with Peter contest that Snap Fitness held.
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Michigan Kroc Center Awarded Gold LEED Certificate
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Grand Rapids, MI, has been recognized for its environmentally friendly design by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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Peterson AFB Buys New Fitness Assessment Equipment
The Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) at Peterson Air Force Base, CO, has purchased a number of new state-of-the-art fitness assessment tools.
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Step by Step: How to Put Together a Successful Pre-Sale for Your Fitness Facility
The pre-sales process is one of the trickiest and most important elements in determining whether or not your new club will be successful when it opens, says Tony Santomauro. He shares his tips on how to get it right.
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Video: More on Social Networking
Casey Conrad shares the two most important things that club operators should be doing with social networking that they are not doing.
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From the Blog
When Employees Tweet, You May Not Always Like It
Technology and social media can be your club's friend or foe. Just ask Life Time Fitness. The Chanhassen, MN-based company employed a group cycle instructor at one of its clubs in Rockville, MD, who tweeted a picture of a McDonald's sack on the desk of a Life Time Fitness employee with the words: "A McDonald's bag sits on the desk of a Life Time employees (sic) desk at @lifetimefitness aka 'the healthy way of life company.' Ah the irony."
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Do You Allow Treadmill Dancing at Your Club?
Last week, a video of a woman dancing on a treadmill at a Planet Fitness in El Paso, TX, went viral. The woman, Nicole Harris, has gotten a lot of interest from the media since the video was posted.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Julian Robertson has been named chairman of Forstmann Little and Co., the parent company of 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, just days after the passing of founder Ted Forstmann. In addition to 24 Hour, Robertson, 79, will provide counsel to Forstmann Little regarding its other two remaining portfolio companies, IMG Worldwide and ENK International, a trade show organization for the fashion industry. FINalternatives.com reports that Forstmann's fund formally expires on June 30, 2012, and it is legally required to sell its assets. Dealbook reports the firm has been in discussions regarding a deadline extension.
  • A building that had housed historic Frantz Gym as well as a fitness center and a mail-order powerlifting equipment business burned on Monday in Aurora, IL, according to local media reports. The building was owned by Ernie Frantz, who has won more than 30 weightlifting world championships. The 11,000-square-foot building, which was listed for sale at $295,000, suffered $200,000 in damage from the fire, according to a report. No cause had been determined as of Tuesday afternoon. The building was mostly vacant as Frantz moved his business in January 2010. However, local officials estimate that about $100,000 worth of equipment was damaged or destroyed in the fire.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) selected Aquila to manage its on-site lifestyle fitness centers and health promotion programs in several locations in the metro areas of Atlanta and Washington, DC, Aquila announced. Aquila will provide the CDC with fitness, wellness and health promotion services, fitness facility management and on-site fitness and health promotion staff. Aquila also will manage the CDC's nutritional educational initiatives, wellness and sustainability programs, and lifestyle safety programming. This latest contract acquisition brings the number of Aquila's managed facilities to more than 40 in the United States and Europe.
  • Columbus State University, Columbus, GA, has announced that paid memberships to its recreation center, which opened in January, are now available to the school's alumni. The facility already was accessible to current students, faculty and staff.

  • Supplier News
  • Star Trac, Irvine, CA, recently expanded its Southern California showroom by 3,000 square feet. The showroom features 8,000 square feet of equipment with more than 20 cardiovascular units, 50 selectorized strength machines, benches and racks, a dedicated Spinning and cross training studio featuring 22 Spinner bikes, and the full line of HumanSport. Customers can take a Star Trac Customer Experience tour and are encouraged to bring their workout gear for demonstrations. The facility also features men's and women's locker rooms and showers available for visitors. Star Trac will open an additional showroom early next year in Youngstown, OH.
  • The Cybex Research Institute (CRI) named Angela Corcoran as its director of education, the research arm of Cybex International, Medway, MA, announced. Corcoran will collaborate with CRI Executive Director Paul Juris in the development of educational content for Cybex team members and the greater fitness community. Corcoran previously held a teaching fellow position at the Cybex Research Institute and was the principle educator and founder of Corcoran Fitness, where she was involved in community outreach, facilitating natural links between health, fitness and wellness providers and at-risk communities. Corcoran also served as the director of education for the Focus Personal Training Institute and was a regional fitness manager for Equinox.
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    Online Story Comments
    LA Fitness Acquires 171 Bally Total Fitness Clubs

    Ballys was the victim of many financial scandals and embezzlement. That's probably a carryover from the gaming days…

    $66 Million Verdict Rendered in Cybex Case

    Unbelievable verdict! I am empathetic toward the employee however…own up to your own mistake…

    It Is Time for New Approaches to Health Club Membership Packaging and Pricing

    I agree with changing our perspective on membership sales to emotional sales and economic downturn. My concern as a club owner is when does this spiraling of club membership fees stop…

    Air Force to Eliminate Civilian Fitness Jobs

    With all the veterans looking for jobs, why are civilians even hired?

    Missouri Y Objects to Community Center Plans

    The YMCA has no room to whine one bit! They open their facilities less than 1 mile from for profit fitness centers all the time all around the country…

    Wah, wah, wah. Mr. Toft and his organization cry all the way to the public coffers (annual fundraising efforts disguised as begging, cajoling even strong arming public to support his enterprise) when they are not just his domain…

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