July Issue Online
Check out the following stories in the July issue of Club
Industry's Fitness Business Pro: the 2007 Top
100 clubs, Bally's
clubs' role in preventive care,
antimicrobial flooring and a Q&A
with Geoff Dyer, CEO of Lifestyle Family Fitness.
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Extensions Through July 31
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness has secured extensions of existing
forbearance arrangements until July 31 from beneficial holders of a
majority of its 9 7/8 percent senior subordinated notes due 2007 and its
10 1/2 percent senior notes due 2011 as well as from the lenders under
its $284 million senior secured credit facility, the company announced
Tuesday. 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
Crunch Names New CEO
NEW YORK -- Tim Miller, who has nearly 20 years experience as a
hotel executive, is the new chief executive officer of Crunch Fitness,
the club chain announced. Miller replaces Jeff Feinberg, who had been
the interim CEO. Read the full story.
24 Hour Reaches
SAN RAMON, CA -- 24 Hour Fitness is celebrating the 24th anniversary
of its first club opening.
"24 Hour Fitness was founded with the mission of making fitness
affordable and a way of life for everyone," says Mark Mastrov, company
founder and chairman. "We are extremely proud of the fact that our 24
Hour Fitness team members have impacted millions of lives around the
world, and we're thrilled to celebrate this unique birthday."
Read the full story.
Mukilteo YMCA Breaks Ground on
EVERETT, WA -- More than 500 people celebrated as the Mukilteo
Family YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Snohomish County in Mukilteo, WA,
broke ground July 11 on its 14,000-square-foot expansion. Read the full
JCC Maccabi Games to Celebrate
NEW YORK -- Nearly 5,000 coaches and Jewish athletes from across the
United States, Mexico, Argentina, Israel, the United Kingdom and
Venezuela will convene at three sites in August to take part in the 25th
anniversary JCC Maccabi Games, an Olympic-style athletic competition.
Host communities include Houston (Aug. 5-10), Baltimore (Aug. 5-9) and
Orange County, CA (Aug. 12-17). Read the full story.
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Texas School to Open Rec Center to
Faculty, Alumni, Families
AUSTIN, TX -- The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) recreation
center, which is scheduled to open this fall, could have alumni and
families of students working out alongside UTPA students, faculty and
staff, The Brownsville Herald (TX) reported.Read the full story.
Weight Warriors Drop Pounds at Air
HURLBURT FIELD, FL -- More than 50 active duty service members,
civilians, retirees and dependents participated in the second annual
Weight Warriors program at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base (AFB) in
Florida. Based on the popular reality television series "The Biggest
Loser," the program helped participants develop regular fitness and
healthy eating habits. Read the full story.
Celebrity Fitness Trainer Faces
Legal Troubles in Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tracy Anderson, a fitness trainer to celebrities
such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna, is the subject of an investigation
in the state of Indiana. Read the full story.
PALO ALTO, CA -- Dr. Ralph S. Paffenbarger Jr., a medical professor
and researcher whose study of the connection between exercise and
longevity impacted the modern physical fitness movement, has died. He
was 84. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
Two fitness centers in La Crosse, WI, Valley View Fitness and
Fitness Express, will close on July 31, owner Charley Swayne says.
Swayne, who declined to say why his two centers were closing when asked
by the La Crosse Tribune, says about 60 employees will be laid
off. He adds that membership agreements have been purchased by La
DAC, a regional fitness management company, and Fitness 24 are
merging to become DAC 24. The combined company will have 10 fitness
center locations in the Memphis, TN, area, the Memphis Business
Journal reported. After the merger, future DAC 24 members can
purchase an all-access membership, allowing them to use any DAC 24
location across the Tennessee area, according to the report.
Founded in 1977 by Paul Kuo, SportsArt Fitness is
celebrating its 30th anniversary. In November, the company will
celebrate with a world conference at its new Zhuhai, China, facility.
Distributors from more than 70 countries, along with company personnel
from around the world, will share ideas for future innovations.
Recently, the company introduced its Xtreme Series cardio products,
which includes three treadmills featuring the ECO-Powr™ drive
system that delivers energy savings of up to 32 percent.
Inc. has opened a $15 million, 340,000-square-foot, eco-friendly
manufacturing facility in Owatonna, MN. The new facility is expected to
serve projected growth and to generate significant manufacturing
efficiencies over time, according to a company release. The facility is
70 percent larger than the previous plant, which was one mile away. The
building is designed to be environmentally sound and incorporates
natural lighting and water recycling systems that provide cost-savings
on maintenance and efficient energy consumption while reducing
greenhouse gases and mercury pollution. The 36-acre area surrounding the
facility will be seeded for the use of wildlife and natural foliage.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation® expanded its content and
online store at www.nspf.org. The new
site provides easy access to safety information, state health codes,
design standards, research, educational product information and class
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