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Bally Begins Soliciting Approvals for Chapter 11 Plan
Club Hopping
Elements for Women Expands in Atlanta Area
Lesbian Couple Ready to Take Des Moines Y to Court
Questions Raised Over Pole Dancing Parlor
School Days
Marshall University Going Forward With Project
McDonald's Awards $15,000 to Philadelphia-area School Health and Fitness Programs
Syracuse to Add More Fitness Facilities
Boot Camp
Navy Fitness Not Beat By the Heat
Industry Beat
New Jersey Governor Signs Sales Tax Exemption Bill
Minnesota Becomes First State to Pass PCI Compliance Law
FTC Franchise Rule to Take Effect July 1
Study: Fitness Wages Above the U.S. Hourly Standard
Overweight People Show Fewer Strength Gains than Lean People
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Hot News
Bally Begins Soliciting Approvals for Chapter 11 Plan
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.

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Club Hopping
Elements for 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.

Lesbian Couple 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DES MOINES, IA -- Nearly five years after a Des Moines lesbian couple's YMCA family membership was revoked and a city human rights commission ruled that the membership policy could be illegal, the issue is back in the news.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.

Questions 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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School Days
Marshall 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 story.

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Boot Camp
Navy Fitness 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.

Industry Beat
New Jersey 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.

Minnesota Becomes 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.

FTC 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.

Study: Fitness 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.

Overweight 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
In Brief...

  • 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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