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Bally Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Club Hopping
Planet Fitness Names New President
The Fitness Company Files for Chapter 11
Life Time Earnings Up in Second Quarter
West Cook YMCA's Purchase Postponed
Gainesville Health & Fitness Opens New Club
Athletic Club Winners Announced
School Days
University of Kansas Addition Delayed
Boot Camp
Follow the Leader: Sailors Pass Fitness Test
Industry Beat
Healthy Workforce Act Introduced
Nutrition Product Sales Expected to Grow
Study on Women in Sports Released
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In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
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Hot News
Bally Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness made it official last night: The second-largest revenue-producing club company in the industry filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The filing by Chicago-based Bally and more than 40 of its affiliates took place in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. A first day hearing has not yet been scheduled. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Planet Fitness Names New President
DOVER, NH -- Ben Midgley was recently named president of Planet Fitness and will assume the day-to-day operations from co-founder Mike Grondahl on Aug. 9, according to published reports. Midgley comes to Planet Fitness from 24 Hour Fitness, where he worked for nine years and most recently served as an executive in charge of the company's community and business development office. Previously, Midgley led 24 Hour's corporate sales division.

The Fitness Company Files for Chapter 11
WILMINGTON, DE -- The Fitness Company (TFC), which opened its first club in 1981, filed Chapter 11 petitions earlier this month in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Read the full story.

Life Time Earnings Up in Second Quarter
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- Membership growth and in-center revenue led Life Time Fitness to a 33 percent increase in second quarter earnings, according to financials filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Read the full story.

West Cook YMCA's Purchase Postponed
OAK PARK, IL -- The West Cook YMCA's purchase of 7.7 acres in Forest Park, IL, for $4.3 million was recently postponed. According to the West Cook YMCA's Web site, the Y hopes to create a $19 million, 65,000-square-foot facility that will include two indoor swimming pools, an indoor track, basketball and volleyball courts, multipurpose meeting rooms for dance and fitness classes, a cardio and weight-training center for adults, and a family activity center with interactive equipment and educational materials for youth and families. Read the full story.

Gainesville Health & Fitness Opens New Club
GAINESVILLE, FL -- Joe Cirulli, owner of Gainesville (FL) Health & Fitness Center, has opened a new facility in Tioga, FL. This two-level, interior fit-out is a coed fitness center and serves as a compliment to the original club. Read the full story.

Athletic Club Winners Announced
SEATTLE -- The North American Association of Club Athletic Directors (NAACAD) recognized several award winners at its annual conference in June at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Read the full story.

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School Days
University of Kansas Addition Delayed
LAWRENCE, KS -- The completion of a $6.3 million addition to the University of Kansas Student Recreation and Fitness Center has been delayed, according to the University Daily Kansan. The addition, which includes four new multipurpose courts, an expansion of the free-weight area and two more racquetball courts, was scheduled for completion this past spring. Read the full story.

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Follow the Leader: Sailors Pass Fitness Test
NEWPORT NEWS, VA -- Through the healthy-living example of one command fitness leader (CFL), 96 percent of the sailors on the pre-commissioning unit (PCU) George H.W. Bush passed the Navy's Spring Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA). Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Healthy Workforce Act Introduced
WASHINGTON, DC -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) recently introduced legislation that could encourage businesses to implement workplace wellness programs for their employees. The Healthy Workforce Act would provide tax incentives to businesses -- particularly small- and medium-sized employers -- that provide opportunities for their employees to lead healthier lives and prevent chronic illnesses. Read the full story.

Nutrition Product Sales Expected to Grow
SAN JOSE, CA -- Product sales in the sports and fitness nutrition market are expected to reach $36 billion by 2010, according to a recent report by Global Industry Analysts Inc. The United States and Japan dominate the world sports and nutrition market, collectively accounting for more than 75 percent of sales. With a more than 81 percent share of global sales, the food and drink market represents the leading product group for the sports and nutrition market, according to the report. Within foods and drinks, the sports/energy bar market represents the fastest growing segment while the sports/energy drinks market is the largest.

Study on Women in Sports Released
MOUNT PROSPECT, IL -- Among sports participants age 7 and older, females make up the majority in four of six activities surveyed in 2006 by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), according to data in the NSGA Sports Participation reports released in June. Females make up 71 percent of those who do aerobic exercise, 60 percent of those who do exercise walking, 56 percent who work out at a health club and 51 percent who use exercise equipment. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Casey Conrad, founder of Healthy Inspirations and a former consultant in the industry, is offering a free sales training seminar at 2 p.m. EDT, Wed., Aug. 8. To register, go to www.clubsalessecrets.com.
  • ACE-certified Professionals and AARP joined together to launch a new fitness program for AARP members. The program's goal is aimed at getting AARP members to lead healthier and more active lifestyles.
  • Elements launched a new fitness advisory board, including Nike Elite Athlete Lena Pereira, to develop classes and fitness programming for the Miami Beach-based fitness and diet company. Some of the classes developed by the board include Viva la Latina, a dance class featuring merengue and salsa music; Bikini Body, which focuses on shoulders, abs and glutes; and Operation Hot Body, which focuses on sculpting unflattering areas.
  • The Oaks at Ojai, a California fitness destination spa, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in October. The spa includes overnight accommodations, three meals a day, a choice of 16 fitness classes per day, and evening entertainment and seminars. The Oaks at Ojai, founded by Sheila Cluff, will offer special discounts commemorating the anniversary in October.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation will hold a conference in October to educate those interested in learning how to prevent drowning and in the basics of lifeguarding. Some of the topics include swimming lessons for children and advances in lifeguarding.
  • Two Fabiano-designed Gold's Gyms won awards at the 2007 Gold's Gym International Convention in Las Vegas. The Gold's Gym in Islip, NY, won three awards for Best Gym of the Year, Best U.S. Gym of the Northeast Region and Best U.S. Gym. The Gold's Gym in Boise, ID, won the award for Best U.S. Gym for the West Region. Fabiano Designs has won awards for their clubs each year for the past 15 years and have more than 46 nominations and awards.
  • VERT Fitness, an equipment manufacturer of velocity-enhanced resistance training, plans to franchise VERT clubs in major U.S. cities. VERT plans to sell up to six franchises by the end of the year in several cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and San Diego. Current VERT Fitness Centers are located in Santa Monica, CA, Hermosa Beach, CA, and Jericho, NY. By 2012, VERT plans to open 320 fitness centers in the United States, mostly in markets where a professional sports team is located.
  • Octane Fitness is managing its business with Sage Software solutions, a division of Synergistic Software Solutions LLC. "We now have the information that allows us to better pinpoint where a problem originates, solving problems faster," says Scott Savitt, operations director for Octane Fitness.


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

    Does your facility offer group cycling classes that include another exercise modality such as yoga or body conditioning?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    To which employees do you offer health insurance?

    Full-time only: 71%

    Full-time and part-time: 0%

    I don't offer health insurance: 29%

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