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Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Alan Schwartz
Club Hopping
Bally Obtains Waiver and Forbearance Agreements
Rhode Island Attorney General Dismisses Six Clubs From Lawsuit
New York Sports Clubs to Open 50th NYC Club
Idaho Y Buys For-Profit Fitness Center
New Prairie Life Fitness Center to Open in Nashville
School Days
Marshall University to Begin Construction on New Rec Center
Sacramento State Center Gets OK
Boot Camp
Air Force Pay Cuts Unlikely
Navy Fitness Encourages Average Joes to Get Moving
Industry Beat
Volumetrics and Best Life Diet Rated Best
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Speaking Out
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May.20.2007
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Check out the May issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro that features articles on the new credit card standard, how fitness is helping war vets recover physically and mentally, and the Club Industry East preview. Also read this issue's trend watch on senior fitness.

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Hot News
Lifetime 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.

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Club Hopping
Bally Obtains Waiver and Forbearance Agreements
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.

Rhode Island 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 babysitting services.

Idaho Y Buys For-Profit Fitness Center
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.

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School Days
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.

Sacramento State 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.

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Boot Camp
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.

Navy Fitness 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.

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Industry Beat
Volumetrics and Best Life Diet Rated Best
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
In Brief...

  • 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™.

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

  • 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.

  • For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 154 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.


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

    When purchasing cardio equipment, how important is user friendliness in your decision?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    What type of sport-specific training is most popular at your club?

    Baseball: 16%

    Tennis: 17%

    Golf: 17%

    Other: 50%

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