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Healthy Inspirations and Slender Lady Become One
Club Hopping
Atlanta JCC Partners with Gold's Gym
Florida YMCA Undergoes Expansion
Gold's Gym Celebrates 10 Years in Russia
School Days
First Walls Erected at Cal State Fullerton Rec Center
Boot Camp
Marines Compete in 'Echo Challenge'
Industry Beat
ACSM Certifications Earn NCCA Accreditation
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Speaking Out
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January.20.2007
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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Hot News
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.

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Club Hopping
Atlanta JCC 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 Russia
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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School Days
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.

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Boot Camp
Marines Compete in 'Echo Challenge'
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.

Industry Beat
ACSM Certifications Earn NCCA Accreditation
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
In Brief...
  • 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 new additions.
  • 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 officials.
  • 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 paths.
  • 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 Conference.

  • 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.


    Speaking Out
    Reader Poll
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    Do you have a Registered Dietician on staff at your facility?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Do you sell nutritional supplements at your club?

    Yes: 28%

    No: 72%



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