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Hot News
Bally Agrees to Pay Consent Fee
Club Hopping
24 Hour to Open China Clubs
Bally Acting CEO Resigns
Two State Attorneys General Target Clubs
Indiana Gov. Signs AED Bill
GA YMCA Hosts Soldier Send-Off Party
Curves Gets into Food
New Fitness Center and Spa Enters Denver Market
School Days
Tennessee-Chattanooga Breaks Ground on New Rec Center
Boot Camp
Air Force Offers Programs to Help Manage Stress
Industry Beat
Matrix's First Quarter Sales Up 146 Percent
NASM Updates Personal Trainer Certification
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Pro Shop
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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May.10.2007
Best of the Best
Prove your facility is the best by entering our 2007 Best of the Best competition. This year, similar type facilities will compete against each other for best new member integration program, non-member program, children's program, senior program and behavior modification program. To enter, visit www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/2007bestofthebest.

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.

May Articles Online Now
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's online how-to section helps our readers improve retention, increase sales, energize group exercise programming and more. Visit http://www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep to read articles from industry experts.

Here's what to look for in May in our Step by Step online section.

Step by Step: Clubs
Jim Thomas, founder and president of Fitness Management USA Inc., gives tips on how to inspire your staff.

Step by Step: Sales
Leslie Nolen, CEO of the Radical Group, talks about how to best follow up with prospects in the third of this four-part series.

Step by Step: Personal Training
Jasmine Jafferali, fitness and wellness manager at The East Bank Club, addresses exercise modifications for pregnant clients.

Step by Step: Retention
Karen Raisch-Siegel, executive director of LifeWorks Southwest General, shares five ways to create a solid retention program.

Step by Step: Spas
Karen Houshultz, owner of Apple Day Spa & Salon Inc., discusses four ways to choose the best treatments for your facility.


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Hot News
Bally Agrees to Pay Consent Fee
CHICAGO --- Bally Total Fitness announced today that it has agreed to pay a one-time cash consent fee of $1.25 per $1,000 principal amount of notes to holders of its 10 1/2 percent Senior Notes due in 2011 that execute a limited waiver and forbearance agreement by 5 p.m. EDT on Monday. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
24 Hour to Open China Clubs
SAN RAMON, CA -- Basketball star Yao Ming and 24 Hour Fitness have partnered to open clubs in Yao's native China. The signature sports club, which will be called California Fitness -- Yao Ming Sport Club, will open in August in Beijing. California Fitness is a wholly owned subsidiary of 24 Hour Fitness and currently operates 24 locations across Asia. Read the full story.

Bally Acting CEO Resigns
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness Acting CEO Barry Elson will step down from his post on May 31. Read the full story.

Two State Attorneys General Target Clubs
NATIONWIDE -- Fitness clubs have become the target in a lawsuit and a complaint by attorneys general in two states. Read the full story.

Indiana Gov. Signs AED Bill
INDIANAPOLIS --- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a bill on May 3 that requires the usage of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in that state's health clubs. Read the full story.

GA YMCA Hosts Soldier Send-Off Party
HINESVILLE, GA -- The Liberty County/Armed Services Branch YMCA in Liberty Hinesville, GA, hosted a send-off party for local soldiers who have been called back to Iraq. The soldiers, part of the Third Infantry Division's First Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, spent time with their families playing games and activities that the Y had organized for the adults and children, according to a report by WTOC-TV.

Curves Gets into Food
MINNEAPOLIS -- Curves has partnered with General Mills to launch a weight management brand and four products under the Curves name. Curves Chewy Granola bars will launch this spring in two flavors. Two types of Curves cereal will launch this summer. The new Curves-branded weight management product line is part of a long-term partnership in consumer foods that gives General Mills broad, exclusive promotional rights to several key food categories encompassing everything from licensed products to consumer promotion activity. The integrated launch of the new product line will be supported by various promotional and communication vehicles including Web site activation, media and print, as well as the nearly 8,000 Curves locations across America.

In addition to grocery and retail visibility for the new products, Curves Chewy Granola bars will be sold at Curves franchises for a suggested retail price of $1 per bar. Curves Chewy Granola bars will retail in stores for the suggested retail price of $2.89 per box of 6 bars. Curves cereal will retail for the suggested retail price of $3.49.

New Fitness Center and Spa Enters Denver Market
DENVER -- Pura Vida Fitness and Spa will become the anchor tenant of a four-story building in Denver's Cherry Creek market. The facility will include a 4,000-square foot spa, a street-level café, appointed locker rooms, Kinesis and Pilates studios, and group cycling and group exercise classes. Read the full story.

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School Days
Tennessee-Chattanooga Breaks Ground on New Rec Center
CHATTANOOGA, TN -- The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga recently broke ground on a new student recreation center. Construction on the $24 million facility, funded by a dedicated student fee imposed by a student vote, is expected to take approximately two years. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Air Force Offers Programs to Help Manage Stress
WASHINGTON -- Although the Air Force has a wide range of fitness and health-related programs in place to help service members and their families manage stress, Air Force officials are concerned that some are not aware of the available programs and are not taking advantage of them, according to a recent Air Force report. To address that, the Air Force is launching a series of monthly campaigns with themes that focus on specific programs to help manage potential areas of stress for airmen and their families. Read the full story.

Industry Beat
Matrix's First Quarter Sales Up 146 Percent
COTTAGE GROVE, WI -- Matrix Fitness Systems' U.S. sales increased by 146 percent over the corresponding 2006 period for the first quarter. Globally, sales grew 85 percent over the same time frame last year. Read the full story.

NASM Updates Personal Trainer Certification
CALABASAS, CA -- The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) launched the third edition of its Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification. A key change in the revised certification is a modification of the organization's evidence-based training methodology to better address the needs of the general fitness client. The CPT program was also enhanced with interactive learning formats including DVD, iPod downloads and an online course learning management system. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Expresso Fitness announced that Jeff Thomas joined the company in the newly created role of director of key accounts. Thomas joins Expresso with more than 17 years in the fitness industry, most recently as northeast regional sales manager for TechnoGym USA.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 151 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.

  • Virgin Life Care won five awards at the spring 2007 National Wellness, Prevention & Fitness Conference Awards Ceremony on May 1 in Las Vegas. Virgin Life Care was awarded Best of Show for the company's health rewards program, HealthMiles, which motivates and incentivizes people to improve their health by living more active lives. Virgin Life Care also placed first as Best Initiative to Promote Wellness in the Workplace and Best Program for Improving Employee Health. Finally, the company received second place awards for Best Self-Monitoring Health Initiative or Device and Best Fitness/Exercise Program.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 152 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.


    Pro Shop
  • ProMaxima's new high-end equipment series, Raptor, is built using modern design technology such as laser-cut cams and computerized bending machines. The 13-piece circuit sells for less than $24,000.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 153 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.


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

    What type of sport-specific training is most popular at your club?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Have you or your staff ever worked with a wounded veteran?

    Yes: 33%

    No: 67%

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