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Here's what to look for in March in our Step by Step online section.
by Step: Clubs
Jasmine Jafferali, fitness and wellness manager at The East Bank Club in
Chicago, discusses what to consider when hiring a dietitian.
by Step: Sales
Leslie Nolan, CEO of The Radical Group, addresses sales and marketing
challenges and recommends how to fix them.
by Step: Personal Training
Pat Rigsby, co-owner of the Fitness Consulting Group, talks about how to
by Step: Retention
Rodney Wynn, founder of Wynn with Fitness, explains how fitness
professionals can solve the revolving door dilemma.
by Step: Spas
Karen Houshultz, owner of Apple Day Spa & Salon Inc., discusses how to
boost retail sales within the next month.
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NJ Considers Sales Tax Refund
TRENTON, NJ -- The New Jersey General Assembly is considering a bill
that would exempt fitness clubs from a 7 percent sales tax and would
give club members a refund for sales tax they've paid on memberships.
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
Increased 2006 Revenue
NEW YORK -- Revenue was up in the fourth quarter 2006 and for the
year for Town Sports International Holdings Inc. (TSI), according to the
company's earnings released this week. Read the full story.
Man Pleads Guilty
to Peeping at Talbot County YMCA
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- A 44-year-old Ocean City, MD, man pleaded guilty
to using a camera in his locker at the Talbot County YMCA in Easton, MD,
to film unsuspecting men and boys, one of whom he inappropriately
touched, according to The News Journal.
The sentencing for the suspect, Alan Travers, is expected in April. He
pleaded guilty last week on one count of second-degree assault and 20
counts of video surveillance with prurient intent, the Delaware paper
Receives Regional Honor
CHARLESTON, SC -- East Shore Athletic Club, Charleston, SC, was
named the seventh fastest growing company in the Charleston region by
the Charleston Regional Business Journal in late January. The
publication gave awards to 20 businesses.
East Shore has grown from three locations in Mt. Pleasant, to eight
locations in the Charleston area.
"East Shore's staff is the main contributing factor to the company's
growth and success," says club owner Kent Jordan. "The dedication,
passion and commitment of the staff are at the core of what makes East
Shore a success. An overall increased public awareness of the need for
fitness and wellness is also a contributing factor."
Gold's Gym on
Exhibition at Dallas Opening
DALLAS -- Gold's Gym International unveiled its new Dallas flagship
facility with a grand opening VIP party, An Exhibitionist Evening, on
Jan. 25. Read the full story.
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Andrea Pugliese Insurance Services
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NIRSA Releases Survey on Facility
CORVALLIS, OR -- NIRSA member institutions are in the process of
constructing $3.1 billion in capital projects for recreation facilities,
according to a recent study from the National Intramural-Recreational
Sports Association (NIRSA). Read the full story.
AF Adds Healthy Cooking to Body
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, ENGLAND -- Members of the Royal Air
Force (RAF) Lakenheath Health and Wellness Center (HAWC) spiced up their
Body Composition Improvement Program by providing a healthy cooking
class. 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
Atkins Offers Most to Lose and
STANFORD, CA -- The case for low-carbohydrate diets is gaining
weight after a recent comparison of four popular diets published in this
week's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Read the full story.
Fit to Print
Has your fitness facility worked with your city for a
health-related or wellness initiative? If so, e-mail Jennipher Shaver at
firstname.lastname@example.org with details and your contact
information. We may contact you for an article in the April issue.
Do you have a funny story about your club or member experience? If
so, e-mail Jennipher Shaver at email@example.com
by March 31 with your best One Last Thought. The Club Industry's
Fitness Business Pro staff will pick the top five stories, feature
them online and send Exerflex Flooring T-shirts to the winners.
Total Training Seminars™
(www.totaltrainingseminars.com) combine lectures on the latest
training trends and apply techniques in a supervised, hands-on
environment. The one-day workshops are designed for personal trainers,
athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, physical
therapists, and other wellness professionals who want to kick start
their programs and businesses with new personal and sports performance
training techniques and drills.
For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 138 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.
Dee Brown, former NBA player with the Boston Celtics, Toronto
Raptors and Orlando Magic, will appear at the Taraflex® Sports
Flooring booth at the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC)
2007 Convention opening on Thursday, March 29, in Atlanta.
For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 139 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.
CheckFree Health and Fitness introduced CheckFree Compete™, a
club management system that the company says ensures security of member
data while reducing front desk training and minimizing operating
expenses. The system comes in three editions -- Bronze, Silver and Gold.
It includes modules for check-in, point-of-sale, data entry, billing and
reporting. CheckFree Compete is offered in a Web-based version and a
software version for clubs that prefer to use in-house technology
For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 140 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.
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