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Fitness Club Could Reopen in 2-3 Weeks
COLLIER, PA -- The LA Fitness club in the Pittsburgh suburb of
Collier, PA—scene of last week’s shootings in which a gunman killed
three women and wounded nine others before turning the gun on
himself—could reopen in the next two to three weeks at the earliest, a
representative at the club said today. Read the full story.
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Mourns LA Fitness Shootings
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- The fitness club industry’s reaction to the
LA Fitness shootings that took place last week in a Pittsburgh suburb
came swiftly and succinctly. Industry leaders around the country are
mourning the tragedy that resulted in the deaths of three women and a
gunman—all of whom were LA Fitness members—as well as nine others
who were wounded. Read the full story.
Hour Fitness Death Ruled a Suicide
SAN MATEO, CA -- The man who was found dead outside a 24 Hour
Fitness Super Sport club last week in San Mateo, CA, committed suicide,
according to police who initially ruled the death as a homicide. Read
the full story.
Clubs Testify Against Massachusetts PT Licensing Bill
BOSTON -- Last month, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public
Health held a legislative hearing in Boston on Senate Bill 870, which
would require the licensing of personal trainers. Read the full story.
Sustainable Living Campus Includes JCC, Residences
PALO ALTO, CA -- The Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life in Palo
Alto, CA, is nearing completion. The $300 million, 8.6-acre campus
includes the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) and the Moldaw
Family Residences. Read the full story.
Deja Vu for Health Fitness' Second Quarter
MINNEAPOLIS -- Health Fitness Corp., Minneapolis, reported revenue
of $18.8 million in the second quarter of 2009, in line with second
quarter 2008 revenue of $18.8 million, according to the company’s
financials released last week. Gross profit for the quarter increased
1.4 percent to $5.6 million compared to $5.5 million in the second
quarter of 2008. Gross margin for the quarter was 29.9 percent compared
to 29.4 percent in last year’s second quarter. Health Fitness Corp.
reported net earnings of $0.36 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, the
same as in the second quarter of 2008. Read the full story.
Preparedness Part of School-wide Efforts for University Rec
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- As many health clubs create or refine emergency
preparedness plans in the aftermath of last week’s shootings at a
Pittsburgh-area LA Fitness, many university fitness facilities already
have firm plans in place as part of their school’s campus-wide
protocols. Read the full story.
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Wellness Program to Be Included in Basic Training
FORT JACKSON, SC -- The Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness
Program, designed to help troops fight the mental stress associated with
combat, will be added to basic training programs beginning Oct. 1, Army
Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey recently told reporters at Fort
Jackson, SC. Read the full story.
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Fitness, LeMond Fitness Resolve Disputes
SCHILLER PARK, IL -- Life Fitness, Schiller Park, IL, and LeMond
Fitness Inc., Woodinville, WA, announced that all outstanding disputes
and litigation between the two companies involving LeMond Fitness’
RevMaster Pro group cycling bikes have been resolved. Read the full story.
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Fit to Print
The YMCA of the USA and the
American Psychological Association
(APA) recently announced a partnership to help busy families improve
their health by eating better and increasing their physical activity
levels. Together, APA and the YMCA plan to offer strategies and tools
for addressing unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors that contribute to
chronic conditions, as well as help parents increase family motivation
for healthier choices. The joint effort will include activities during
the annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day as well as workshops for parents.
Patrick Sustrich joined the staff of Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital
(HGB), Charlotte, MI, as the director of health and wellness services.
Sustrich formerly was the athletics and facility director at the
University Club of Michigan State University. In his new role, he will
manage the HGB Wellness Center, HGB’s Rehabilitation Department,
worksite wellness programs, women’s health services and weight
The Melrose YMCA in
Melrose, MA, is again the topic of controversy after a 53-year-old
woman, who reportedly suffers from schizophrenia, was left in the
building after it closed one Sunday in July. The woman’s mother
reported her missing after she had not returned from swimming at the Y
by her usual time of 10:30 a.m. The Y closes at 11 a.m. on Sundays. A
policeman who went to the area to check for the woman spotted her
exiting the building, according to the Boston Globe. It was
unclear how many hours the woman was left alone in the building, though
the policeman filed a report just after 3 p.m., the newspaper reported.
The Melrose Y is reportedly updating its emergency contact list and its
routine for closing the facility. The Y has been immersed in a scandal
involving a former Y after-school program coordinator who was accused on
multiple child rape counts.
Polar just launched its
Cardio GX system, designed to enhance cooperation between instructors
and participants in a group exercise setting. Cardio GX displays
individual heart rate data onscreen, motivating members to exercise at
the right intensity and get the most out of their workouts. The
technology allows health club owners to increase demand and attendance
in group exercise programming.
Tarkett Sports recently
acquired Atlas Track & Tennis, a contractor for the construction of
synthetic running tracks and tennis courts for an undisclosed price.
Atlas has an annual revenue of $61 million. Tarkett said the purchase
will enhance its running track installation business.
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Tuning Up Sales
Join sales and marketing expert Casey Conrad from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
EDT on Thursday, Aug. 20, for a free teleseminar
titled “Tuning Up Your Sales Skills.” Conrad will offer ideas on how
to get your sales staff back into the sales mode after the summer
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