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Hot News
Akradi Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor
Club Hopping
Anytime Fitness Increases to 1,000 Franchises
Washington Y Kicks Off Helping Kids Grow Campaign
School Days
Illinois-Chicago Celebrates National Recreation Sports and Fitness Day
Boot Camp
Minot Air Force Base Fitness Center Receives Design Award
Industry Beat
AED Issue Active in Several States
Club Operators Must Report Injuries to OSHA
Oklahoma Committee Passes Tax Credit Bill
South Carolina Introduces Bill Prohibiting Automatic Renewal
Cycle for Knee Health
Cybex Welcomes Hospitality Division
Life Fitness Integrates iPod with Exercise Equipment
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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Hot News
Akradi Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor
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.

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Club Hopping
Anytime Fitness Increases to 1,000 Franchises
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 Grow Campaign
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.

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School Days
Illinois-Chicago Celebrates 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.

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Boot Camp
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.

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Industry Beat
AED Issue 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.

Club Operators 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.


Oklahoma 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.

South Carolina 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 Health
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 Division
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.

Life Fitness 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
In Brief...

  • 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.


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

    Do you think women-only clubs discriminate against men?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    What level of education do you require your personal trainers to have?

    Four-year degree: 24%

    Two-year degree: 6%

    Certification: 34%

    Combination of the above: 36%



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