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24 Hour Fitness Death Ruled a Suicide
IHRSA, Clubs Testify Against Massachusetts PT Licensing Bill
New Sustainable Living Campus Includes JCC, Residences
Revenue Deja Vu for Health Fitness' Second Quarter
School Days
Emergency Preparedness Part of School-wide Efforts for University Rec Centers
Boot Camp
Army Wellness Program to Be Included in Basic Training
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Life Fitness, LeMond Fitness Resolve Disputes
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August.10.2009
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  • Hot News
    LA 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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    Club Hopping
    Industry 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.

    24 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.

    IHRSA, 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.

    New 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.

    Revenue 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.

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    School Days
    Emergency Preparedness Part of School-wide Efforts for University Rec Centers
    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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    Army 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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    Industry Beat
    Life 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
    In Brief...
  • 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 management.
  • 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.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • 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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