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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.
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
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
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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Penn State Going
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
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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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.
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
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
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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
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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.
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