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January.25.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Jack LaLanne Dies at 96
Fitness Industry Reacts to Passing of Jack LaLanne
Tim Richards of Orchard Hills Dies
Important Note from the Editors
Call for Speakers Open for Club Industry 2011
Step by Step: Elite Female Sports Programs Offer Revenue Potential
Ninety-six Years, and It’s Still not Enough
Club Industry and Jack LaLanne Get the Gold
Patience Please: We’re Doing a Little Tweaking
Top Fitness Club News of 2010
Facility News
Supplier News


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Jack LaLanne Dies at 96
Jack LaLanne, “The Godfather of Fitness” who showed millions of Americans the benefits of exercise and healthy eating for three-quarters of a century, has died at the age of 96.
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Fitness Industry Reacts to Passing of Jack LaLanne
Several people in the fitness industry, from club operators to suppliers, have offered Club Industry their comments on the death of Jack LaLanne.
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Tim Richards of Orchard Hills Dies
Tim Richards, owner of Orchard Hills Athletic Club, Lancaster, MA, died on Jan. 4. He was 69.
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Important Note from the Editors
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Call for Speakers Open for Club Industry 2011
Club Industry 2011 is accepting applications for its call for speakers. If you are interested in being a presenter, submit an online application prior to March 15.

Step by Step: Elite Female Sports Programs Offer Revenue Potential
Female athletes represent a challenging but potentially lucrative market for health clubs to tap into, says Preben Nielsen. The executive director of the Women’s Triathlon Club tells you how in this week’s Step by Step.
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From the Blog
Ninety-six Years, and It’s Still not Enough
In the taxi cab on our way to dinner, Jack LaLanne, who had just turned 95, started to sing to his bride of 50 years: “Have I told you lately that I love you…” It was a sweet moment, the sweetest moment of our time in Chicago when we honored Jack with our Lifetime Achievement Award. Jack spoke and was feted with the honor at the 2009 Club Industry show.
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Club Industry and Jack LaLanne Get the Gold
We learned today that Stuart Goldman’s profile of Jack LaLanne won a gold in the b-to-b, recreation/sports/outdoor, single article category of the Eddie Award competition. This competition is sponsored by Folio magazine, the trade publication for trade journalism.
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Patience Please: We’re Doing a Little Tweaking
If you've been to our website lately, you've probably noticed a few subtle changes. Perhaps the biggest change is on the home page where we've moved the news down a bit and put mostly tutorial and "evergreen" stories at the top.
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Top Fitness Club News of 2010
What were the top stories in the fitness industry in 2010? We've compiled what we saw as the biggest stories. See if you agree.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Gold's Gym International, Irving, TX, has appointed Tim Keightley to the newly created position of vice president of fitness. Keightley is an industry veteran who previously served as vice president of fitness and personal training for Town Sports International and most recently, vice president of sales and business development for Les Mills International. In his new role at Gold’s, he will lead the company's personal training and group exercise departments, with a focus on innovation and member experience.
  • O2 Fitness, Raleigh, NC, has purchased Seaboard Fitness, Raleigh. The new O2 club will offer Seaboard’s existing members a discounted upgrade to a network access membership, which will allow them to use any of O2's locations. With the acquisition, O2 now has eight clubs, three in Raleigh and five more in the North Carolina cities of Chapel Hill, Cary, Fuquay-Varina and Wilmington.
  • Snap Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, has hired Chad Vinson Ruf as director of personal training. Ruf, an ISSA-certified personal trainer, has more than 10 years of industry experience and helped develop the initial training protocol for 24 Hour Fitness clubs in Colorado. In his new role, Ruf will help build Snap’s personal training business with training, resources and programs designed to boost franchisees’ profits.
  • The U.S. Marine Corps is planning to build several new fitness centers on its domestic bases in the coming year. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year on a $15 million fitness facility at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC, a $30 million facility at Camp H.M. Smith, Kailua, HI, and a $20 million facility at Marine Corps Air Station New River, NC. Construction is already underway on a fitness center at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune, budgeted at $19.2 million. It is expected to be completed in spring 2012.

  • Supplier News
  • Motionsoft, Silver Spring, MD, providers of member management and financial solutions software, has appointed Philip Coady as president. Coady has nearly 20 years of experience in enterprise sales and client management, including a stint as vice president of sales for SABA Software, a staff management solutions software provider. Coady's role at Motionsoft will be to guide the strategic direction and execution of sales, marketing, products and business development teams.
  • Hayward Pool Products, Elizabeth, NJ, has pledged up to $1 million worth of Hayward Stratum Safety Vacuum Release Systems (SVRS) to assist public pools that, due to budgetary reasons, face compliance challenges with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGB), which requires all public pools and spas to have VGB-compliant drain covers, separated or unblockable drains or anti-entrapment systems, such as an SVRS. Hayward will donate the products to facilities that demonstrate a valid need, giving special consideration to public or non-profit facilities serving populations that are underprivileged or have special needs. Community members, pool operators and servicers can submit a request for consideration at www.haywardnet.com/safe-swimming.
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