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First Prescription Diet Pill Approved for OTC Use
Club Hopping
Fitness Together Opened 26 Studios Last Quarter
Bally Opens New Club in Alexandria, VA
New Jersey JCC Plans Expansion
Gold's Gym International Opens its 42nd Fitness Facility in Texas
School Days
No New 'PEP' in Schools' Step
Boot Camp
Elliptical, Stationary Bike Are New PRT Cardio Options
Industry Beat
Binge Eating More Common Than Other Eating Disorders
Six States Earn an 'A'
Fit to Print
In Brief...
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February.10.2007
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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 about preparing a fire-safety plan, preventing subtle sales missteps, strengthening a facility's competitive edge with massage, the advantages of 30-minute personal training sessions, and how to use equipment to keep kickboxing classes fun and challenging.

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Hot News
First Prescription Diet Pill Approved for OTC Use
ROCKVILLE, MD -- Skip the trip to the doctor. Your overweight members have an easier way to obtain the diet pill, orlistat. On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved orlistat capsules as an over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss aid for overweight adults. Orlistat was initially approved in 1999 as a prescription drug to treat obesity and remains a prescription drug for obesity at a higher dose than the OTC version. OTC orlistat will be manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline under the name Alli and is indicated for use in adults ages 18 years and older along with a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet and exercise program. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Fitness Together Opened 26 Studios Last Quarter
HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO -- Fitness Together, a personal training organization, opened 26 studios in the last quarter of 2006, a 16 percent increase over the same period the previous year, says Rick Sikorski, Fitness Together CEO. In all, 91 studios were opened in 2006. Read the full story.

Bally Opens New Club in Alexandria, VA
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- Bally Total Fitness has expanded in the Washington, DC, area with the early February opening of a new club in Alexandria, VA. Bally has four other clubs in northern Virginia, six in suburban Maryland and one in DC.

To celebrate the grand opening, Bally sponsored a three-day celebration featuring group exercise class demonstrations, a guest appearance by the NBA Washington Wizards' dance team, a raffle for Wizards' tickets and new-member specials.

New Jersey JCC Plans Expansion
TENAFLY, NJ -- A $26 million, two-year expansion of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ, will add 22,000 square feet to the center, which has more than 10,000 members. As part of the project, the racquetball courts will be converted to multipurpose rooms for personal training and group exercise. The JCC will also improve its youth and senior lounges, its youth fitness facilities, and its fitness and recreation areas.

Gold's Gym International Opens its 42nd Fitness Facility in Texas
SAN ANTONIO -- Hundreds of local residents took part in the grand opening of Gold's Gym Bandera Trails in San Antonio, and, as a result, the facility sold 174 memberships. The 40,000-square-foot facility marked the opening of the 42nd Gold's Gym facility in Texas.

Gold's Gym Bandera Trails offers group exercise classes, a cycling room, 90 pieces of cardio equipment with personalized TV viewing screens, a 13,000-square-foot weight room and plasma screen TVs throughout the gym. One of the most unique features of the new facility is the Cardio Cinema room, in which members can work out while watching their favorite film on the big screen.

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School Days
No New 'PEP' in Schools' Step
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Department of Education will be not accept any new Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) applications this year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Elliptical, Stationary Bike Are New PRT Cardio Options
MILLINGTON, TN -- Here's some good news for sailors who don't like to run. The Navy's fitness program introduced the option of using elliptical trainers or stationary bikes as ways for sailors to complete the cardiovascular portion of the physical readiness test (PRT). The elliptical and cycle tests are both 12-minute, fixed-timed tests with a direct correlation to the 1.5-mile run. The goal is to burn as many calories as possible. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Binge Eating More Common Than Other Eating Disorders
BELMONT, MA -- The first national survey of individuals with eating disorders shows that binge eating disorder is more prevalent than either anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa. Read the full story.

Six States Earn an 'A'
BALTIMORE -- California, Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee earned high markets on the The Obesity Initiative's latest report card, a best-of-the-best list of those states taking positive steps to combat the nation's obesity epidemic, especially as it affects children. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Is your for profit facility competing with a nonprofit church fitness facility in your area? If so, please e-mail your comments to Pamela Kufahl, editor, for a March article on religious-based fitness. In the feature, we will discuss the effect of church fitness facilities on for profit clubs and the issue of tax exemption.
  • Stefanie Maio will join the efi Sports Medicine® event marketing department. An athlete, Maio combines her passion for fitness, sport and recreation with more than 13 years of sales and marketing experience in the fitness industry. Maio will act as a consultant to plan and develop sales and marketing strategies for efi corporate events and trade shows.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 130 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.

  • Students can now achieve a Certified Pool-Spa Operator® certification by taking part of the course online, Pool Operator Primer™, and the remainder of the course in a one-day classroom course, Pool Operator Fusion™. Both of these courses are available through the recently launched eProAcademy™ Online Training Center.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 131 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.

  • Consumers Digest named Octane Fitness' Q37e and Q37ce elliptical cross trainers Best Buys in home fitness equipment for the magazine's January/February 2007 issue.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 132 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.



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