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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
Do You Have What
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
here to download the form.
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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.
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
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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
Do you have a funny story about your club or member experience?
If so, e-mail Jennipher Shaver at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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