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Life Time Revenue Grows 31 Percent
Club Hopping
Bally's Employee Faces Sexual Abuse Charges
Elements Hits 25 Milestone
Y Tax Dispute Could Affect Other Groups
School Days
Penn State Going Hands On
Boot Camp
'Biggest Loser' Fever Hits Navy
Industry Beat
Government Forming Advisory Committee
Mind Over Matter
Nautilus Announces Record Revenue
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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February.20.2007
February Issue Online Now
Check out the February issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro featuring articles on targeting the Hispanic market, an IHRSA show preview and an exclusive interview with New York Health & Racquet Club CEO Howard Brodsky. Also read this issue's trend watches about supplements and aquatic personal training.

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Hot News
Life Time Revenue Grows 31 Percent
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- Life Time Fitness Inc. reported yesterday that its fourth quarter 2006 revenue grew 34.5 percent, and its 2006 revenue grew 31.2 percent. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Bally's Employee Faces Sexual Abuse Charges
GUILDERLAND, NY -- A Bally Total Fitness employee in Guilderland, NY, is facing separate charges of sexual abuse. James Carter was arrested on Feb. 3 and charged with forcible touching, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment. According to the Albany (NY) Times Union, police said that Carter locked himself and a female client in a back room at the Bally's facility in Crossgates Mall and forcibly touched her. Read the full story.

Elements Hits 25 Milestone
SOUTH BEACH, FL -- By the end of last year, the women-only club Elements had hit a 25-club milestone, and so far this year, the company has opened one club in Exeter, NH, with another 25 clubs in development across the United States, according to Chris Palumbo, brand strategist for the company. Elements offers fitness and weight loss services and bills itself as a boutique-style health club.

At two Elements locations the company is piloting workout technology that automatically calibrates equipment to a member's preference, records her workout, tracks her heart rate and makes recommendations for future progress.

Y Tax Dispute Could Affect Other Groups
DENVER -- The dispute over whether YMCA of the Rockies should be exempt from paying property taxes on its two mountain camps continues and could affect more than 6,000 other religious-based organizations across Colorado, officials told the Associated Press last week. Read the full story.

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School Days
Penn State Going Hands On
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA -- Penn State University is preparing to alter the access to its student fitness center. Instead of using ID cards, students will use a system that recognizes a person by the characteristics of their hand, according to the Collegian.

West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, already uses a similar system at its student rec center. Because of some technological problems, however, Penn State is about two years away from using the new identification system.

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Boot Camp
'Biggest Loser' Fever Hits Navy
BREMERTON, WA and USS RONALD REAGAN, AT SEA -- The mania surrounding the popular reality weight loss television show, "The Biggest Loser," has taken hold of Navy Fitness, inspiring many sailors to lose weight. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Government Forming Advisory Committee
WASHINGTON, DC -- Taking another step towards developing the physical activity guidelines announced in October, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is creating an Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. Beginning in June, the committee will meet three times over one year to review scientific literature that could help them develop specific physical activity recommendations. The recommendations would be gathered in a report that would be sent to the secretary of HHS. The committee will also recommend areas for further scientific research. Read the full story.

Mind Over Matter
BOSTON -- Are the health benefits from working out all in our heads? Maybe so. New findings appearing in the February issue of Psychological Science suggests that many of the beneficial results of exercise are due to the placebo effect. Read the full story.

Nautilus Announces Record Revenue
VANCOUVER, WA -- Revenue at Nautilus is looking up. The company announced record net sales of $199.3 million for fourth quarter 2006. That's an increase of 10 percent from the same quarter last year when the revenue was $182 million. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Matrix Fitness Systems named fitness industry veteran Chris Clawson as president and Kent Stevens as executive vice president. Stevens had been vice president, sales. Both appointments were effective Feb. 19.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 133 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.

  • Paramount Fitness promoted three within its corporation. Steve Rhodes was promoted to president, Jim McIntyre became vice president of sales and marketing, and Chris Babecky was named director of sales in North America.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 134 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.

  • New York Sports Clubs last week opened the first fully equipped Stott Pilates studio and training center within a New York fitness club. The Tribeca center will offer private and group Pilates classes.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 135 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.


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

    What level of education do you require your personal trainers to have?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Do you have space set aside for functional training in your facility?

    Yes: 67%

    No: 33%



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