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Hot News
Seven Fitness Club Franchises Make Top Franchise List
Club Hopping
Wellbridge CEO and COO Buy Company
IHRSA Members Report Increased Club Revenue and Improved Membership Retention
TSI Opens 100th Club in New York
Arizona YMCAs Offer Free Memberships
School Days
National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day is Feb. 22
Boot Camp
Pearl Harbor Run Draws 500
Industry Beat
Girl 'Tweens' Apt to Gain Weight Earlier Rather than Later
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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January.10.2007
January Step by Step Articles Now Online
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's online how-to section helps our readers improve retention, increase sales, energize group exercise programming and more. Visit http://www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep to read articles from industry experts.

If you would like to be a Step by Step columnist, please e-mail Amy Fischbach at afischbach@prismb2b.com with your mug shot, one paragraph bio and three topic ideas for 750-word, how-to articles.

Here's what to look for in January in our Step by Step online section.

Step by Step: Clubs
Don Jones, executive director of the Fitness Centre & Day Spa, explains how to start a lifestyle medicine program.

Step by Step: Personal Training
Jim Labadie, a fitness entrepreneur, discusses how to land more personal training clients.

Step by Step: Spas
Peter Sosa, owner of Spafit Consulting, talks about how massage can be a viable profit center for a health club.

Step by Step: Marketing
Patrick Rigsby, an industry consultant, shares four truths about health club marketing.

Step by Step: Vendor Viewpoint
Nick Berry, co-owner of Fitness Consulting Group, talks about how to boost your club's bottom line through automated billing.


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Hot News
Seven Fitness Club Franchises Make Top Franchise List
IRVINE, CA -- Fitness club franchises remain a hot business opportunity if Entrepreneur magazine's annual Top 500 Franchise list is any indication. The list, which was released earlier this month and ranks franchises in a variety of industries, includes seven fitness club companies, many of which also made the fastest-growing franchise and the low-cost franchise lists. The overall list also includes five fitness program companies. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Wellbridge CEO and COO Buy Company
DENVER -- Ed Williams, co-founder and CEO of Wellbridge Co., and Jay Kell, COO of the Denver-based company, purchased Wellbridge Co. in late December, according to a release from the company. Williams and Kell are principals in Fitness Ventures LLC, which also includes as a principal Central Sports Company of Japan, which operates 157 full service clubs primarily in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Williams co-founded the company in 1983. Today, the company owns and manages 20 athletic clubs and spas across the United States. Williams and Kell will continue in their day-to-day operations of the company.


IHRSA Members Report Increased Club Revenue and Improved Membership Retention
BOSTON -- Although some industry experts are forecasting increased competition and possible flat revenues for clubs this year, a recent survey reported an increase in revenues and a growth in membership for clubs in 2005. The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) surveyed 193 member companies representing 1,000 clubs for the 2006 edition of the Profiles of Success report, which found that a typical IHRSA member club earned $2.5 million in 2005 revenues, a 5.9 percent increase from 2004. Read the full story.

TSI Opens 100th Club in New York
New York -- Town Sports International Holdings Inc. (TSI), an operator of clubs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, opened its 100th New York Sports Club in the metro New York area. Read the full story.

Arizona YMCAs Offer Free Memberships
PHOENIX -- The Valley of the Sun YMCA branches gave away $100,000 in free 30-day memberships in early January to encourage families to improve their health in 2007. The Ys expected to give away 3,000 memberships, which would have equated to almost $250,000 in services. The Ys gave the memberships to families who signed up at any of the Valley locations over a three-day period. Since last May, the Y branches have expanded their facilities with $75 million in renovations and upgrades.

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School Days
National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day is Feb. 22
CORVALLIS, OR -- Because many New Year's resolutions to exercise regularly will be forgotten and forgone by early February, the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is urging rec facility directors to give patrons a chance to reacquaint themselves with fitness and sports by celebrating National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day on Feb. 22. NIRSA sponsors the day to call national attention to the positive benefits that people of all ages enjoy when they participate in recreational sports, fitness activities and wellness programs. Read the full story and get tips on how to celebrate.

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Boot Camp
Pearl Harbor Run Draws 500
SAN DIEGO -- More than 500 Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) sailors and civilians participated in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 5K Run/Walk in San Diego in early December on the waterfront. The event, organized by the NBSD Morale, Welfare and Recreation department, commemorated thousands who lost their lives during the 1941 Japanese attack. The festivities began with warm-up calisthenics and the national anthem, followed by the 3.1-mile run.

Industry Beat
Girl 'Tweens' Apt to Gain Weight Earlier Rather than Later
BALTIMORE -- Does your club offer fitness programming to girls ages 9 to 12 years old? You might consider targeting this age group based on recent research findings. The incidence of girls being overweight was greater at age 9 to 12 than it was in later adolescence, and girls who were overweight during childhood were 11 to 30 times more likely to be obese in young adulthood, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Pediatrics. Read the full story.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Does your club specifically target its advertising and marketing efforts to the Hispanic market? If so, please e-mail Amy Fischbach, managing editor. Amy is writing a story for the February issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine on marketing to the Hispanic population.
  • Do you own, partner with or work at a faith-based fitness center? If so, please e-mail Amy Fischbach, managing editor, with your contact information. She may contact you for an article in the March issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine.
  • ASF International sponsored a donation drive for the Denver charity, Family Tree. ASF's staff donated household items, toys, clothing and other supplies to help Family Tree's Women in Crisis and House of Hope shelters. ASF also made a cash donation to the charity.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 121 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.

  • Gary McCoy, CYBEX director of education in the mid 1990s, returned to the company Jan. 1 as territory manager for the Rocky Mountain region.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 122 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.

  • Keiser University, formerly Keiser College, announced its 2007 class schedule for students interested in enrolling in the associate of science, two-year aquatic engineering degree program, which is available through its eCampus online degree-program center.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 123 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.

  • Nautilus partnered with the National Academy of Sports Medicine to offer new education programs for fitness professionals and provide research and training support for new fitness products.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 124 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.

  • RMAX International, a health and fitness organization founded upon the Circular Strength Training® System, opened the first RMAX Gym Ltd. in Bellingham, WA, in partnership with the Bellingham Athletic Club. The 600-square-foot facility is within the Bellingham Athletic Club's downtown site. A 2,000-square-foot-location at the Bellingham Athletic Club's Cordata location is scheduled to open in September 2007.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 125 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.


    Speaking Out
    Reader Poll
    Visit our Web site to participate in an online poll that asks the following question:

    Do you sell nutritional supplements at your club?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Does your club specifically target Hispanics in its marketing efforts?

    Yes: 50%

    No: 50%



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