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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
click here to
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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 programming and senior programming. To enter, visit
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Achievement Award Goes to Alan Schwartz
CHICAGO -- Alan Schwartz, chairman of TCA Holdings Inc., will be
awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Club Industry's Fitness
Business Pro magazine on Oct. 11 at the Club Industry show in
Chicago. This is the fifth year that the magazine has presented the
award, which goes to an individual who has contributed to the betterment
of the fitness industry. 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
Bally Obtains Waiver and Forbearance
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness announced Tuesday that it has secured
limited waiver and forbearance agreements from the requisite holders of
its 10 1/2 percent Senior Notes due 2011 and its 9 7/8 percent Senior
Subordinated Notes due 2007.
Read the full story.
Attorney General Dismisses Six Clubs From Lawsuit
PROVIDENCE, RI -- The Rhode Island Attorney General's office said
Thursday that it has dismissed six of the 10 clubs from a lawsuit
alleging they failed to properly register with the state, according to a
report on the TV news Web site www.turnto10.com.
The office also said a hearing to request temporary restraining orders
against the other four gyms was put on hold because those clubs are
working to comply with the state law, which requires health clubs to
register annually with the attorney general's department and provide
proof that they are in compliance with zoning, fire and building codes,
and that they are bonded. The gyms faced fines and temporary shutdowns.
New York Sports
Clubs to Open 50th NYC Club
NEW YORK -- New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) will open its Rego Park
location June 1 in Queens, NY, the company announced. The club will be
the 50th NYSC location in New York City.
The 22,000-square-foot facility will feature a cardiovascular area with
more than 70 pieces of cardio equipment, all of which will be equipped
with personal viewing screens. Cycling and group exercise classes and a
dedicated personal training area will be among the options for club
members. There will also be a member lounge and a playroom featuring
Idaho Y Buys For-Profit Fitness
TWIN FALLS, ID -- In a deal announced Monday, the YMCA of Twin Falls
(ID) will purchase Twin Falls Fitness Center under the condition that
the Y continues to operate it as a fitness center, The Times-News
reported. Read the full story.
New Prairie Life
Fitness Center to Open in Nashville
NASHVILLE, TN -- Prairie Life Fitness will open a 60,000-square-foot
center Monday in the Nashville section of Cool Springs. Read the full story.
Use Polar's Turnkey Cardio Coaching Program to:
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Marshall University to Begin
Construction on New Rec Center
HUNTINGTON, WV -- Marshall University's Board of Governors approved
a resolution Monday on an agreement with Capstone Management of
Birmingham, AL, to build a 123,000-square-foot recreation center
scheduled to open in January 2009. Read the full story.
Center Gets OK
SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California State University board of trustees
approved construction of a Recreation and Wellness Center at Sacramento
(CA) State, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The $71 million, 150,000-square-foot facility, which is scheduled for
completion in June 2010, will include a fitness center, indoor track,
multipurpose sport courts and a rock-climbing wall. There also will be a
full-service student health center.
Air Force Pay Cuts Unlikely
YOKOTA AIR BASE, JAPAN -- Budget problems aren't likely to disrupt
the paychecks of Air Force personnel in fitness and recreational
facilities, even if funding earmarked for the Army isn't restored
through passage of a supplemental bill, according to Gen. Paul Hester,
Pacific Air Forces commander. Read the full story.
Encourages Average Joes to Get Moving
EVERETT, WA -- Naval Station (NAVSTA) Everett held its annual
Fitness Challenge Week May 7-10 to promote health and fitness in new
ways to all sailors. Read the full story.
STRIVE for Success
When it comes to fitness equipment, STRIVE, with its patented Smart
Strength technology, is the preferred choice.
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Volumetrics and Best Life Diet
YONKERS, NY -- The Volumetrics Eating Plan was the top-rated
clinically tested diet plan and "The Best Life Diet" was the top-rated
diet book, according to Consumer Reports. The magazine rated
eight popular diet plans based on the diet's adherence to the 2005 U.S.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the results of published randomized
clinical studies that reported short-term (3-6 months) and long-term (12
months) results of at least 40 subjects per diet. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
Keli Roberts, the 2003 IDEA International Instructor of the
Year, and KettleBell Concepts, a kettlebell distributor and training
company, have created a 30-minute group exercise program using
kettlebells that Roberts will roll out at July's IDEA convention in San
Diego. Previously, kettlebells had been used mostly by personal
trainers. The program will be called Total Body KB Blast™.
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ReferNow.com, a customer and referral rewards program, if offering a
new program that helps fitness centers improve membership acquisition
and retention. ReferNow.com gives fitness centers, personal trainers,
spas and other related businesses the ability to create and manage
customer referral reward programs. Health clubs that sign-up for
ReferNow.com in the month of May receive free telephone referral
marketing program set-up assistance.
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