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Life Time Cited by Texas AG
Club Hopping
24 Hour Suit Settled
Des Moines Y Broadens Family Membership Definition
School Days
New Fitness Requirement to Take Effect in Florida
Boot Camp
Military Athletes Compete for Chance at World Games
Industry Beat
Fiserv to Acquire CheckFree
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August 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 to read articles from industry experts.

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

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

Step by Step: Sales
Leslie Nolen, who leads The Radical Group, discusses how to use testimonials to succeed.

Step by Step: Programming
Wendy Jett, group fitness director for Global Fitness Holdings/Gold's Gym, shows how to hire and retain quality instructors.

Step by Step: Marketing
Jim Thomas, founder and president of Fitness Management USA Inc., dissects seven common marketing mistakes.

Step by Step: Personal Training
Rodney Wynn, certified specialist in performance nutrition, shows clubs how to plan members' meals for weight loss.

Step by Step: Vendor Viewpoint
Bryan Green, president and CEO of Advantage Fitness Products, outlines the pros and cons of acceleration training.

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Hot News
Life Time Cited by Texas AG
DALLAS -- The Texas Attorney General has cited Life Time Fitness, Eden Prairie, MN, for unlawfully dumping identifying information of its members -- both adults and children -- as well as its employees in easily accessible trash bins outside several clubs in Texas. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
24 Hour Suit Settled
SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Superior Court has approved a class action settlement between 24 Hour Fitness and approximately 1.8 million current and former monthly members, according to a joint release from the law firms for both parties. Read the full story.

Des Moines Y Broadens Family Membership Definition
DES MOINES -- The Greater Des Moines YMCA will sign a conciliatory agreement with Sandi and M Patton-Imani to broaden the Y's definition of family to include cohabiting adults, according to the Des Moines Register. However, a representative from the Y told Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro that, as of Aug. 10, no agreement had been signed. Read the full story.

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School Days
New Fitness Requirement to Take Effect in Florida
WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- Elementary school students in Florida will have a mandated 30 minutes of physical education every day when they return to class in a few weeks. Gov. Charlie Crist signed the school fitness legislation into law in May. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Military Athletes Compete for Chance at World Games
POINT MUGU, CA -- Select sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines stationed all over the world came together in late July to participate in the 2007 Armed Forces Triathlon Championships at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) in Point Mugu, CA. The top five male and female athletes in the triathlon will be part of the 2007 U.S. Armed Forces Triathlon Team that will compete in the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) World Military World Games in Mumbai, India, Oct. 14-22. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Fiserv to Acquire CheckFree
BROOKFIELD, WI -- Fiserv Inc. is acquiring CheckFree Corp. for $4.4 billion, the companies recently announced. Under terms of the agreement, CheckFree shareholders will receive $48 in cash for each share of common stock. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • John Agoglia, industry consultant and former editor of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro, is now general manager of Shrewsbury Health & Racquet Club, a 90,000-square-foot, multipurpose facility in Shrewsbury, MA. He plans to help Westboro Tennis & Swim Club, the new owners of the Shrewsbury facility, reshape and rebuild the club while continuing his marketing and public relations work with non-competing companies and his freelance writing for fitness industry publications.
  • Jeff Rosen has joined NES Group, Wellness Division, Mansfield, MA. He will work in the design/build/renovation side of the business. Rosen has 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Previously, he worked for club organizations such as The Wellbridge Co., Sport and Health and American Family Fitness. He also served on the New England Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association board of directors.
  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) approved a new way to fund applied scientific research and have the results published in scholarly journals. Manufacturers and organizations are now allowed to donate research funds through NSPF. While manufacturers and universities are typically hesitant to donate or bring in the other's research materials for fear of being biased, this method allows universities to do their research without the aid or guidance of the manufacturers. All results will be published before manufacturers see them.

  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Concept2 in Morrisville, VT, recently hired two key positions. Meredith Haff joins the company in the marketing department focusing on new customer development. Haff brings experience in international sales, integrated marketing, advertising and communications from companies such as Saucony, Telecom New Zealand and Mullen Advertising. Christine Wilson was welcomed as the rowing advisor. Wilson has experience as a former coach for the U.S. Women's Rowing team in the 2004 Olympics. She also has coached scullers and sweep athletes, as well as men's and women's teams at the collegiate, junior and elite levels.

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

    Do you use business intelligence software at your fitness facility?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Does your facility offer group cycling classes that include another exercise modality such as yoga or body conditioning?

    Yes: 75%

    No: 25%

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