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Last Chance to Show You're the Best!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to show other clubs that you are
the best. Enter the 2007 Best of the Best contest. The deadline has been
extended to July 5. You can enter the contest in these categories: best
new member integration program, non-member program, children's program,
senior program and behavior modification program. Click here for
the entry form.
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Bally Begins Soliciting Approvals for Chapter 11
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness announced Wednesday that it has
commenced the formal process of soliciting approvals for a prepackaged
Chapter 11 plan of reorganization from holders of the company's 10 1/2
percent senior notes due 2011 and the 9 7/8 senior subordinated notes
due 2007. The voting agent must receive votes on the reorganization plan
no later than 4 p.m. EDT on July 27, unless the deadline is extended.
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
Women Expands in Atlanta Area
MIAMI BEACH, FL -- Miami-based Elements for Women is expanding
within the Atlanta area and has created a joint venture with Moda Spas,
the company announced. The three-year regional expansion plan includes a
total of six clubs for the Atlanta area.
One of the clubs will be a dual-concept multi-floor club. The
10,000-square-foot facility in Alpharetta, GA, will feature top spa and
fitness amenities, including a full-service hair salon, med spa,
anti-aging, massage and a full-service fitness center featuring
lifestyle consultants, group fitness and private exercise areas.
Ready to Take Des Moines Y to Court
DES MOINES, IA -- Nearly five years after a Des Moines lesbian
couple's YMCA family membership was revoked and a city human rights
commission ruled that the membership policy could be illegal, the issue
is back in the news. The couple recently picked up support from a Des
Moines city councilwoman who said the controversy could jeopardize a
$102,000 YMCA grant scheduled to be awarded next month, according to the
Des Moines Register. Read the full story.
Raised Over Pole Dancing Parlor
CHICAGO -- Pole dancing is heating up the Windy City, but not
everyone is enamored with the new exercise craze. A grandmother is
threatening to block liquor from being served at Flirty Girl Fitness, a
Chicago fitness parlor that specializes in pole dancing. Flirty Girl
Fitness is next to the Montessori Academy of Chicago, where the
grandmother's 18-month-old grandson attends, according to the Chicago
Sun-Times. Read the full story.
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University Going Forward With Project
HUNTINGTON, WV -- After an unanimous vote by the Huntington (WV)
City Council to override the mayor's veto, Marshall University will move
forward on a $90 million construction project to build a new student
recreation center and new residence halls, the Huntington
Herald-Dispatch reported. Read the full story.
McDonald's Awards $15,000 to Philadelphia-area
School Health and Fitness Programs
PHILADELPHIA -- McDonald's of the Greater Philadelphia Region Inc.
has selected 15 schools in southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New
Jersey and Delaware to receive $1,000 each through the McDonald's Go
Active! Academic Awards Program. Read the full story.
Syracuse to Add
More Fitness Facilities
SYRACUSE, NY -- Syracuse University will have another fitness center
available to students when the fall semester begins in August. The
university is opening a 3,700-square-foot fitness center in the Marshall
Square Mall, and another fitness facility will follow in August 2009,
according to the Central New York Business Journal. Read the full
Not Beat By the Heat
SANTA RITA, GUAM -- The summer heat isn't slowing down sailors when
it comes to fitness. Sailors swam, ran and competed under the sun at
Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation's (MWR) Admiral's Cup Summer Sports
Day June 15 at Polaris Point, Guam. As a salute to deployed service
members in Iraq, members of the U.S. Transportation Command Joint
Intelligence Operations Center at Scott Air Force Base decided to run,
walk, swim, bike or rollerblade 6,681 miles, which is the distance from
their drill location at Scott Air Force Base to the heart of Baghdad,
during June and July. Read the full story.
Governor Signs Sales Tax Exemption Bill
TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed a bill Thursday
that would exempt the initiation fees, membership fees and dues charged
by nonprofit health and fitness clubs from the state's 7 percent sales
tax. The sales tax exemptions will be retroactive to Oct. 1, 2006, and
the measure will create a system for consumers to receive a refund. Read
the full story.
First State to Pass PCI Compliance Law
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota recently became the first state to turn a
core requirement of the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security
Standard (DSS) into a law for all companies -- including fitness clubs
-- that handle credit and debit card data.
Read the full story.
Franchise Rule to Take Effect July 1
WASHINGTON, DC -- Revisions to the federal Franchise Rule will take
effect on July 1, but the changes won't become mandatory until July 1,
2008, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC's
Franchise Rule has been in place since 1978 to offer potential
franchisees the information they need to weigh the risks and benefits of
investment in a franchise. Read the full story.
Wages Above the U.S. Hourly Standard
SAN DIEGO -- Fitness industry wages are generally well above the
U.S. hourly standard, according to IDEA Health and Fitness' 2006 Fitness
Compensation Survey, released this month. Read the full story.
People Show Fewer Strength Gains than Lean People
WASHINGTON, DC -- Your overweight and obese clients may have to work
harder than lean people to see results from strength training, according
to a recent study published in the Journal of Strength and
Conditioning Research. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
Fitness Together is kicking off its 12-week Ultimate Summer
Transformation competition at all participating Kansas City-area
locations. The winner will receive a new cross trainer valued at $4,000.
The International Swimming Hall of Fame of Fort Lauderdale, FL,
(ISHOF) and the Transpersonal Swimming Institute of Sarasota, FL, (TSI)
teamed up to eliminate preventable drowning by creating a learn-to-swim
program for adults and children. ISHOF and TSI are offering training and
materials to qualified instructors to expand their learn-to-swim
programs to the millions who are afraid in water.
For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 160 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.
Albert Khanlarian, tennis facility owner and tennis pro, is
completing construction on an eight-court, 38,000-square-foot facility
located in Greensboro, NC. This will be Khanlarian's third club in the
past 14 years, and it will feature both hard courts and Nova'ProClay
soft courts, indoors.
For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 161 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.
The tangerine-colored portable court manufactured by Taraflex®
Sports Flooring by Gerflor are appearing in several locations in the
United States and Canada during the 2007 World League Men's Volleyball
Competition's preliminary intercontinental rounds.
For more information, type in Reader Service Card No. 162 at www.freeproductinfo.net/club.
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