Go Behind the Scenes
In this day and age of instant news and interconnection via the
Internet, the editors of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro
have developed another way to keep you updated about what is occurring
in the fast-moving fitness industry. We have launched a blog, Behind
the Scenes, that details what goes on between the monthly issues of
the magazine. Although our Web site and Newsbeat are
excellent sources for breaking news, our blog will allow us to interact
with you more directly, and it will allow you to read about stories
we're working on for upcoming issues, the people we're talking to for
late-breaking stories, the issues we see developing, the fitness
facilities we visit and the trade shows we attend. Don't forget to check
the blog often -- we update frequently.
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Healthy Inspirations and Slender
Lady Become One
WAKEFIELD, RI -- As of Jan. 1, Healthy Inspirations and Slender
Lady, Coronado, CA, have merged and will take the name Healthy
Inspirations with Slender Lady franchisees implementing the Healthy
Inspirations model in their facilities. Casey Conrad (pictured left),
former CEO of Healthy Inspirations, Wakefield, RI, is president of the
merged women-only weight loss and fitness franchise, and Jim Rowe,
former majority stockholder of Slender Lady, now is CEO of Healthy
Inspirations. Rowe will handle franchising while Conrad will handle
operations and marketing. Read the full story.
The Xvest (adjustable weight vest) voted as "The Best Fitness
Product of the Year" by industry experts.
It's no wonder why the Xvest is utilized by the NFL, NBA, MLB and the
Summer and Winter Olympians. First responders and the military depend on
it for staying in top condition.
The Xvest can give your exercise and training the extra boost that it
needs. Put it on for jogging, power-walking, or with any aerobic
exercises. Your workout will be more productive and burn up to 70% more
calories in the same amount of time. Until now, there have been no
product on the market that allows you to condition aerobically while
building lean muscle mass. www.thexvest.com
Partners with Gold's Gym
ATLANTA -- A nonprofit fitness facility and a for-profit club have
formed a partnership in the Atlanta area. Residents who sign up for a
family membership at one of three levels--Total Health, Recreation Plus
or Program Plus--at Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA)
will have the option of registering for a free one-year membership to
the 25,000-square-foot Gold's Gym Alpharetta. All Marcus JCC members,
regardless of their membership level, can also sign up for an additional
annual Gold's Gym membership for $99. Read the full story.
Florida YMCA Undergoes Expansion
VENICE, FL -- The 55,000-square-foot South County Family YMCA
invested more than $389,000 in new fitness equipment and plans to
celebrate its grand reopening in mid-February. As part of its two-story
expansion, the facility's first floor will feature two new racquetball
courts, three group exercise studios and two massage therapy rooms. The
building will also feature 114 pieces of cardio and cross-training
equipment as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a 15-person hot
tub. The existing YMCA buildings will be used for children's preschool
and summer school programs.
Gold's Gym Celebrates 10 Years in
MOSCOW -- Ten years ago, when Paul Kuebler, Jake Weinstock and
Vladimir Grumlik got together to open Gold's Gym Moscow, things in
Russia were a little different. Read the full story.
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First Walls Erected at Cal State
Fullerton Rec Center
FULLERTON, CA -- The first walls of the California State Fullerton
(CSUF) Student Recreation Center were lifted last Friday. The rec will
be a comprehensive facility and program designed to serve the fitness,
recreation, education and social needs of the Cal State Fullerton campus
community. Funded by the Titan Student Union, the facility will feature
fitness equipment, indoor gyms, multipurpose activity spaces, sports
courts, a multi-media cardio room (the first in the CSU system), an
indoor track, a rock wall and an outdoor swimming pool. The center is
expected to be completed in fall 2008. Read the full story.
Marines Compete in 'Echo
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, NC -- Fourteen teams, consisting
of more than 70 Marines, recently participated in the Marine Helicopter
Training (MHT) Squadron 302 Echo-Challenge, a six-mile run and 12-mile
bike race and stretcher carry event designed to test endurance. The
event was a chance for the squadron to earn extra free time while
helping to raise money for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, an annual
event celebrating the creation of the Marine Corps. Read the full story.
ACSM Certifications Earn NCCA
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Health/Fitness Instructor® and Exercise
Specialist® credentials of the American College of Sports Medicine
(ACSM) have earned accreditation by the National Commission for
Certifying Agencies (NCCA). ACSM previously received NCCA accreditation
for its Certified Personal Trainer® credential and is pursuing
accreditation for its Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist®
credential. Read the full story.
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Fit to Print
Gold's Gym Capitol Hill recently opened its newly renovated
facility in Washington, DC. The redesigned 19,000-square-foot facility
provides upgraded services including a newly designed free-weight floor
and additional stretching area, and 42-inch plasma screen televisions.
Group exercise classes, including Body Jam and Body Attack, were also
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) appointed Tracynda
Davis as director of Environmental Health Programs. Davis will
coordinate and expand current NSPF cooperative environmental health
programs to raise educational standards for operators and health
Bilanco, a 7,000-square-foot fitness studio in Purchase, NY,
recently opened its doors. The facility offers personal training,
Pilates, yoga and group exercise classes.
Ken Germano and Marc Onigman, who recently launched sales and
marketing company Stone Hearth Fitness, are working with one of their
first clients, American College of Sports Medicine, on its ReFit
program. Germano, the creator and founder of Operation FitKids, and
Onigman say the program is aimed at creating children's fitness
facilities nationwide, including professional fitness mentoring,
educational materials and an environment that will encourage
participants to consider professional fitness-industry career
Iron Grip Barbell Co. recently joined the JCC Association's
Continental Preferred Vendors program, which is offered to a select
group of suppliers whose products meet the needs of JCC health, fitness
and athletic facilities. As a preferred vendor, Iron Grip will be
recommended to the JCC's network of more than 275 JCCs, YM-WCAs and
summer camps throughout North America. Iron Grip will also become a
sponsor for both the JCC Professional Conference and Biennial
For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 126 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.
For the second year, Health magazine gave Octane Fitness the
Best of Fitness award in the category of elliptical trainers costing
more than $1,500.
For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 127 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.
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