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January Issue Online
The January issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro
features a state of
the industry report for 2008. The issue also includes reports about
how club owners are using
cardio exercise to fight diabetes and how clubs are going paperless
by investing in USB technology.
New Blog Posts
Go behind the scenes for the latest at Club Industry's Fitness
Business Pro by checking out our blog.
The magazine's editors add to the blog regularly, giving you an inside
look into the stories they're writing and the latest in the industry.
Recent posts include "Bally
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Mastrov Resigns as 24
SAN RAMON, CA -- Mark Mastrov, the founder of 24 Hour Fitness, has
resigned as the company's chairman of the board, effective Jan. 31,
according to a company statement sent to Club Industry's Fitness
Business Pro. Read the full story.
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TSI's COO Resigns
NEW YORK -- Randall Stephen, chief operating officer at Town Sports
International, resigned earlier this week, according to a brief
statement from the company. The statement did not give a reason for his
resignation or any details on who would replace him. A company
spokesperson contacted for this story would not elaborate on the reason
for Stephen's departure. Lisa Hufcut, the spokesperson, said that
Stephen's responsibilities would be divided up among other executives
for now. Read the full story.
New Personal Training Franchise Launches
ANAHEIM, CA -- After 12 years in business, Mike Salerno is launching
a franchise version of his personal training studio, Precision Fitness,
Anaheim, CA. Salerno had three facilities, but he recently sold two of
them to franchisees so that he could concentrate on franchising the
business. He plans to have 10 franchises open by the end of this year,
focusing initially on California. Read the full story.
Thieves Caught at Y
GLENS FALLS, NY -- Two men suspected of carrying out 16 robberies at
the Family YMCA of the Glens Falls Area (NY) were recently arrested.
Since April, Glens Falls police say the thieves had stolen cash, car
keys and credit cards from both locked and unlocked lockers, and had
broken into cars parked outside the Y.
Increased security and media attention helped catch the robbers, says Y
CEO David Kisselback. Since the break-ins, the Y has invested in new
lockers that are harder to force open and 16 camera surveillance
systems, costing the Y $110,000. The Y also changed its day-pass policy,
photographing all non-members who purchase a day pass.
New 95X Elliptical Cross-Trainer from Life Fitness
Life Fitness combines form and function with its sleek new 95X
Elliptical Cross-Trainer. Part of the new Elevation Series, the
95X is offered with three unique options the Engage,
Inspire and Achieve consoles, which deliver the company's
latest entertainment and motivational features such as iPod®
compatibility, USB connectivity and a Virtual Trainer. Visit www.lifefitness.com or call
Community College Reach Agreement
SARANAC LAKE, NY -- North Country (NY) Community College (NCCC) and
the Lake Placid (NY) Health and Fitness club have reached a mutual
agreement in which the club's trainers will help train NCCC's athletes
while NCCC will offer Lake Placid members access to its facilities,
according to the Adirondack (NY) Daily Enterprise. Read the full
Montana State Completes
BOZEMAN, MT - Montana State University recently unveiled its
renovated student recreation center. The renovation of the
14,000-square-foot Marga Hosaeus Recreation and Fitness Center was
scheduled for completion by last September, but delays caused largely by
worker shortages pushed back the completion time, according to the
Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle.
In the spring of 2005, Montana State students approved a $55-per-year
fee to pay for the $15 million renovation, which included a group
fitness room, two indoor tennis courts, and more cardio and strength
equipment, according to the newspaper.
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Group Helps Sailors Prepare for Marathon
OAK HARBOR, WA -- The Whidbey Island Marathon in Oak Harbor, WA, may
still be months away, but Navy Fitness professionals at Naval Air
Station Whidbey Island are getting active duty, dependents and retirees
ready for the 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile races. Read the full story.
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SAN DIEGO -- The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recently created
the Industry Advisory Panel (IAP), bringing together experts from
academia, fitness, wellness and recreation to help provide direction to
IAP chair and ACE board member Ted Vickey, president of FitWell Inc. LLC
in Vienna, VA, leads the group that is scheduled to meet several times
each year. Additional members of the panel are Lisa Coors, owner, Coors
Core Fitness LLC, Cincinnati, OH; Michael Hewitt, Canyon Ranch, Tucson,
AZ; Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, lecturer, fitness specialist program,
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Sol Mandel, head fitness trainer,
Quail West Country Club, Naples, FL; William McBride, COO, Club One
Inc., San Francisco; Anthony Slayen, continental health and fitness
consultant, Jewish Community Center, New York; Michael Spezzano, vice
president program and membership, YMCA of Greater NYC, New York; Lisa
Stuppy, assistant director, fitness programs exam developer, Boise State
University, Boise, ID; Cary Wing, executive director, Medical Fitness
Association, Richmond, VA; and Jeff Zwiefel, senior vice president, Life
Time University, Life Time Fitness, Eden Prairie, MN.
Challenges All Americans to Get Fit
WASHINGTON, DC -- The President's Council on Physical Fitness and
Sports is launching the first-ever National President's Challenge in
March. The six-week fitness challenge will encourage all Americans to be
active 30 minutes a day, five days a week. This is the first time in the
council's 50-year history that the challenge is calling on the nation --
not just children -- to get fit and adopt healthier lifestyles.
The council is encouraging health clubs to get involved by forming
challenge groups or by helping their members sign up at www.presidentschallenge.org.
All participants must sign up by April 3 in order to complete the
minimum six-week requirement. The challenge ends on May 15.
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Fit to Print
Gold's Gym International launched the first-ever Gold's Gym
Challenge, an online community-based fitness challenge designed to help
millions of Americans as they renew their commitment to their personal
health and fitness regimes. The Web site, www.goldsgymchallenge.com,
is free of charge and serves as a resource to help participants set,
track and achieve their fitness goals by providing them with tools and
community forums to begin and complete the eight-week Gold's Gym
Challenge. Challenge participants are also provided with a free
seven-day membership to the Gold's Gym of their choice.
Life Fitness is
merging its United Kingdom and continental European operations to
promote further international growth. The newly integrated business will
be led by Frank van de Ven, former managing director for continental
Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He will now serve as vice president
for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Motionsoft, formerly KI
Software, announced that New York-based Crunch Fitness has selected the
company as its membership management and billing software vendor. Crunch
will work with Motionsoft to continue the development of iCrunch
software and to integrate the system with several back-office
applications as well as its enterprise resource planning software.
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