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Akradi Pleads Guilty to
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- Bakram Akradi, CEO of Life Time Fitness, Eden
Prairie, MN, pled guilty last week to a misdemeanor assault charge in
connection with a Feb. 23, 2006, incident at his daughter's high school.
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
Anytime Fitness Increases to 1,000
HASTINGS, MN -- Anytime Fitness recently opened its 1,000th
franchise. The company, which began in 2002, plans to have 2,000
franchises by 2008. Read the full story.
Washington Y Kicks Off Helping Kids
EVERETT, WA -- The YMCA of Snohomish County in Washington kicked off
its annual Invest in Youth Helping Kids Grow campaign in mid-February
with a 2007 campaign goal of $812,000 to support the Everett,
Marysville/North County, Monroe/Sky Valley, Mukilteo, and Southeast
Family YMCAs and the Big Brothers Big Sisters branch. If the goal is
reached, about 2,000 low-income children and adults would be able to
participate in Y programs throughout Snohomish County, Al Boren, vice
president of planning and development, told The Daily Herald.
Read the full story.
"Let us take the weight off your shoulders"
Specializing in providing insurance to health clubs.
Servicing the fitness industry for over 20 years.
- Liability and Property
- Workers Compensation
- Competitive Rates
- Personal Service
Andrea Pugliese Insurance Services
PO Box 720, Warrington, PA 18976
National Recreation Sports and Fitness Day
CHICAGO -- The University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) celebrated the
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association's (NIRSA) National
Recreation Sports and Fitness Day on Feb. 22 by offering an open house
at its Student Recreation Facility (SRF), Sport and Fitness Center and
Bowling and Billiards Center. Read the full story.
Minot Air Force Base Fitness Center
Receives Design Award
NEWPORT NEWS, VA -- The Air Combat Command (ACC), a major command of
the U.S. Air Force, presented its Facility Design Honor Award to
architecture, planning, engineering and interior design firm Leo A. Daly
at the ACC Design Awards Luncheon on Feb. 28, held at the Marriott Hotel
City Center in Newport News, VA. The award recognizes the firm's work on
the ADAL Fitness Center Project at Minot Air Force Base in Ward County,
ND. Read the full story.
GymWipes Professional and GymWipes Anti-Bacterial formulas provide
premium cleansing, sanitation and protection for all equipment surfaces.
NO Alcohol, NO Ammonia, NO Residue, with a Lemon Fresh Scent. 700 count.
Available in Buckets and Refills, with attractive Dispensers and Stands.
From 2XL Corporation. www.gymwipes.com
Active in Several States
INDIANAPOLIS -- Several state legislatures are considering
legislation related to automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Indiana's Senate Health and Provider Services Committee introduced a
bill early last month requiring all health clubs to have an AED. Read
the full story.
Must Report Injuries to OSHA
WASHINGTON, DC -- Health club operators, in compliance with the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), must post a
summary of the number of job-related injuries and illnesses that
occurred in 2006.
Operators need to have OSHA Form 300A posted in their clubs until April
30. Clubs with no injuries to record must post the form with zeros on
the total line. More information and copies of OSHA Forms 300 and 300A
are available at www.osha.gov.
Committee Passes Tax Credit Bill
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Senate Finance Committee passed a bill
on Feb. 13 that would give a tax credit equal to 20 percent of the cost
of membership to a health or fitness club. Read the full story.
Introduces Bill Prohibiting Automatic Renewal
COLUMBIA, SC -- Last month, a bill that would prohibit automatic
renewal of health club contracts was referred to the South Carolina
House Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs after
being introduced in the South Carolina House of Representatives. The
bill would also limit the duration of month-to-month health club
contracts to no more than 12 months.
Cycle for Knee
PITTSBURGH -- One in two subjects with mild to moderate knee
osteoarthritis (OA) demonstrated improvements in walking performance
after completing a 12-week, community-based Spinning® group cycling
program, according to a recent study accepted for presentation at the
World Conference for Physical Therapy. Spinning program participants
demonstrated significant improvements in preferred gait velocity and
reduced gait asymmetry at maximum velocity compared to members of a
non-cycling control group. Read the full story.
Cybex Welcomes Hospitality
MEDWAY, MA -- Cybex International Inc. created the Cybex Hospitality
Division, hiring Glenn Colarossi as president of the division. Colarossi
has more than 20 years of experience in the fitness and spa industry. He
was involved in developing the original Westin WORKOUT™ for
Starwood Hotels and in overseeing its rollout to corporately owned
properties. He also aided in the development of fitness brand standards
for other hotel brands. Read the full story.
Integrates iPod with Exercise Equipment
SCHILLER PARK, IL -- Life Fitness' newest commercial exercise
equipment will feature seamless iPod integration, the company announced.
This connectivity makes it possible for iPod users to plug in and charge
their iPods, watch video on the equipment's large LCD screen and control
the playing of their iPod music libraries from the console. The
connection also powers and charges the iPod. Users can plug headphones
directly into the equipment console or their iPod for audio while safely
storing the music player in the iPod holding tray. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
Resist-A-Ball C.O.R.E. education will be held in more than 100
cities in 2007. The C.O.R.E. instructor level one and two workshops
include five hours each of hands-on instruction on exercise execution,
progressions, teaching techniques and cueing. Level one is recommended
as a prerequisite to all specialty workshops.
For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 136 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.
WaterRower teamed with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to
offer continuing education credits for its WaterCoach Professional and
WaterCrew education programs. WaterCoach Professional Level I online
correspondence course and WaterCoach Pro Level II cover the technical
and physiological aspects of rowing and share the training methodology
used by rowers.
For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 137 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.
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