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Shareholders Propose New Plan for Bally
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Scam Involves YMCA's Name, Could Affect Fund-raising
Titan to Team Up with Gold's Gym
School Days
Upgrades Planned at University of Hawaii
Boot Camp
Branches Come Together to Host Special Olympics
Industry Beat
Study Says It's Never Too Late to Reduce Heart Disease Risk
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July Step by Step 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.

If you would like to be a Step by Step columnist, please e-mail Jennipher Shaver at jennipher.shaver@penton.com with your mug shot, one paragraph bio and three topic ideas for 750-word how-to articles.

Here's what to look for in July in our Step by Step online section:

Step by Step: Clubs
Bob Esquerre, a fitness consultant and owner of Esquerre Fitness Group, describes the fitness professional of the future.

Step by Step: Personal Training
Jim Labadie, a fitness entrepreneur and speaker, shows six secrets to getting personal training client referrals.

Step by Step: Sales
Jim Thomas, founder and president of Fitness Management USA Inc., details 10 ways to get out of a sales slump.

Step by Step: Programming
Jasmine Jafferali, fitness and wellness manager at the East Bank Club, explains the seven dimensions of wellness.

Step by Step: Marketing
Nicole Wicks, president of ReferNow.com, gives tips on how to measure your marketing program's results.


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Hot News
Shareholders Propose New Plan for Bally
CHICAGO -- Liberation Investment Group, the second-largest shareholder of Bally Total Fitness that threatened to sue Bally over its pre-packaged Chapter 11 reorganization plan, has come up with an alternative reorganization plan. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Scam Involves YMCA's Name, Could Affect Fund-raising
SOUTHINGTON, CT -- Two teens used YMCA fund-raising as a ruse in a scam and could face fraud charges if caught, according to WFSB 3, a television station in Hartford, CT. Read the full story.

Titan to Team Up with Gold's Gym
DALLAS -- Titan Fitness Holdings announced that it is in the process of closing on funding that would allow it to become one of the largest franchise owners of Gold's Gym locations in the United States. Read the full story.

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School Days
Upgrades Planned at University of Hawaii
HONOLULU -- The campus center at the University of Hawaii will receive a makeover, according to Honolulu TV station KGMB9. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Branches Come Together to Host Special Olympics
KADENA AIR BASE, JAPAN -- More than 1,500 volunteers from different branches of the U.S. military and the local community helped with the 2007 Special Olympic Games, held for the eighth consecutive year at Kadena Air Base (AB) in Japan. Read the full story.

Industry Beat
Study Says It's Never Too Late to Reduce Heart Disease Risk
CHARLESTON, SC -- The old saying "better late than never" really is true when it comes to healthy lifestyle behaviors. People 45 to 64 years old who added new healthy lifestyle behaviors could substantially reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and reduce their death rate, according to a study published in the July 2007 issue of The American Journal of Medicine. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • elements™ for women partnered with HUR (Finland) to exclusively feature its patented smartcard technology in its upscale, boutique-style clubs. The technology allows machines to track what a member has done in previous workouts and suggests what the member should do this workout. The equipment calibrates to the member's preferred settings, and records repetitions, range of motion, resistance and heart rate.
  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) discontinued its "Official Swimming Pool Design Compendium" and posted links from the governing bodies on the newly redesigned NSPF® Web site. The links are found under the "Resources" tab at www.nspf.org/Design_Compendium.html.
  • Dennis Lee and Tim Porth, the founders of Octane Fitness, won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 Award in the consumer products category in the Minnesota and Dakotas region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who build and lead dynamic, growing businesses. An independent panel of judges selects winners in several categories. As region award winners, Lee and Porth will be considered for an Ernst & Young national award. Winners will be announced at an annual awards gala Nov. 17 in Palm Springs, CA.
  • The Honolulu Club named Beth Aylward as its new general manager, the Pacific Business News reported. Aylward had been general manager of Northern California's Club One properties, serving the Union Square, Nob Hill, City Group and Oakland locations. The Honolulu Club is managed by The Wellbridge Co., Denver.


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

    Does your facility offer any indoor group cycling classes that simulate outdoor rides or races?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Does your facility partner with any insurance companies or local employers for their employee wellness programs?

    Yes: 25%

    No: 75%

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