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Bally May File for Chapter 11
Club Hopping
The Sports Club/LA Moves East
YMCA of Central Maryland Plans to Double Size
School Days
Junior High to Hold Fitness Expo
Boot Camp
Summit Focuses on New Cardio Options
Industry Beat
Celebrity Doctor to Keynote at Club Industry East
Exercise Boosts Memory
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Speaking Out
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March.20.2007
March Issue Online Now
Check out the March issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro that features articles on women-only club litigation, religious-based fitness centers and the NIRSA show preview. Also read this issue's trend watches on four-year fitness business college degrees and functional fitness.

Do You Have What it Takes?
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's July 2007 issue will feature our annual ranking of the Top 100 revenue-producing fitness facilities in the country. We'll rank the companies by 2006's gross annual dollar volume. Should you be listed among them? If so, please click here to download the form.

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Hot News
Bally May File for Chapter 11
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection if it is unable to restructure its debt, the company announced on Thursday. Bally also said that it informed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it is unable to file its annual report for 2006, which was due last week. The company is not sure when it will file the report. In a separate filing with the SEC, Bally said that it has identified errors in its membership numbers that could negatively affect revenue for 2006. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
The Sports Club/LA Moves East
LOS ANGELES -- The Sports Club/LA is venturing out of California next year with its first club in Dallas. The new facility will be an 80,000-square-foot, $35 million luxury sports and fitness complex offering more than 30 sports and fitness options under one roof. The club will feature a lobby of stone and woods showcasing a reflection pool and three-story window wall, a 15,000-square-foot weight training gym, a 150-piece cardiovascular center with each piece of equipment featuring a personal TV and an NBA-size gymnasium with two basketball courts. Read the full story.

YMCA of Central Maryland Plans to Double Size
BALTIMORE -- The YMCA of Central Maryland will conduct a major realignment of the organization, including plans to double the size of the organization during the next 10 years, rebrand the YMCA's logo and name, redevelop the Y's current facilities and attempt to double its annual private donations, according to The Examiner in Baltimore.

The Y of Central Maryland serves more than 150,000 people each year in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties in Maryland.

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School Days
Junior High to Hold Fitness Expo
CANYON COUNTRY, CA -- Sierra Vista Junior High School (CA) will hold a Fitness Expo on March 28 to raise money to install interactive gaming equipment at its fitness center. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Summit Focuses on New Cardio Options
WHIDBEY ISLAND, WA -- In early March, representatives from the Navy Fitness program office based in Millington, TN, provided information on initiatives and issues related to the physical fitness assessment (PFA), including medical waivers, and the preventive health assessment and physical activity risk factor questionnaires. The summit also addressed questions about the new physical readiness training rules -- specifically, the cardio options that offer sailors the chance to use the elliptical and stationary cycle. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Celebrity Doctor to Keynote at Club Industry East
STAMFORD, CT -- Club Industry East show organizers recently announced that they are adding a second keynote address to the show. Dr. Ian Smith is a medical contributor to "The View," contributing editor for Men's Health magazine, medical/diet expert on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" and host of the nationally syndicated radio show HealthWatch on American Urban Radio Networks. The Club Industry East show takes place June 6-9 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. Smith will speak on June 7.

Exercise Boosts Memory
NEW YORK -- Exercise does more than keep your heart healthy. It also boosts brainpower. Researchers recently found that exercise targets a region of the brain within the hippocampus that underlies normal age-related memory decline that begins around age 30 for most adults. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Do you have a funny story about your club or member experience? If so, e-mail Jennipher Shaver at jennipher.shaver@penton.com by April 30 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.
  • New York Health & Racquet was recognized by New York Magazine for having the best bathrooms in the city when it comes to innovative design and attention to detail.
  • Matrix Fitness Systems named Mark Zabel as vice president of global marketing. In the newly created position, Zabel will report to Matrix President Chris Clawson.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 141 here.

  • The Make a Splash campaign, a public service initiative of USA Swimming, launched in late February. The campaign is aimed at decreasing the number of drowning accidents in the United States, fostering greater diversity in the sport and encouraging people of all ages to embrace swimming. The first phase of the campaign will be executed through a number of new programs and partnerships. Also, three USA Swimming representatives will speak at the 2007 World Aquatic Health™ Conference, scheduled for Oct. 2-4 in Cincinnati, OH. The seminars will reflect the broader USA Swimming focus.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 142 here.

  • Retention Management® formed an alliance with Johnson Health Tech, one of the leading providers of fitness equipment in the European market. In the alliance, Johnson Health Tech will be responsible for the sales and marketing of Retention Management's service while Retention Management will provide the ongoing service delivery. The UK market will be the focus in the first year with additional European markets to follow.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 143 here.


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

    Who is best suited for active gaming?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Have you ever partnered with your city to support health-related efforts?

    Yes: 67%

    No: 33%



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