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Bally Noteholders Approve
CHICAGO -- The noteholders of Bally Total Fitness have approved the
amended reorganization Chapter 11 plan proposed by stockholder Harbinger
Capital Partners Funds, and all parties have signed a restructuring
support agreement, Bally announced Thursday. Read the full story.
The Xvest (adjustable weight vest) voted as "The Best Fitness
Product of the Year" by industry experts.
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Summer and Winter Olympians. First responders and the military depend on
it for staying in top condition.
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Minimum Wage Increase and
Higher Energy Costs Affect Erie Y
ERIE, PA -- The new Pennsylvania minimum wage and higher energy
costs are affecting the YMCA of Greater Erie (PA). In fact, starting
this fall, the Y will no longer offer free swimming lessons to its
members due to the increased expenses, Erie, PA, TV station WHP-TV
reported. On July 1, Pennsylvania's minimum wage rose from $6.25 per
hour to $7.15 per hour. Read the full story.
Player Opens Club in Indiana
CEDAR LAKE, IN -- Jared Tomich, who played five seasons in the
National Football League, has opened a 16,000-square-foot club in Cedar
Lake, IN, according to the Northwest Times of Indiana.
Fuel Fitness Center has 16 staff members and a dozen instructors and
personal trainers. The club offers the latest equipment, a full aerobic
room for yoga and Pilates classes, cardio kickboxing, full locker rooms
and childcare, Tomich told the newspaper. Tomich played four seasons
with the New Orleans Saints.
To Expand By Nearly Nine Times Its Size
EMPORIA, KS -- City commissioners in Emporia, KS, on Wednesday
approved the move of Emporia Fitness from a 2,400-square-foot area to a
former Pepsi Bottling Group building that has 21,000 square feet,
according to The Emporia Gazette.
The new location will include virtual cycling and a new audio system in
its cardio theater as well as enhanced weightlifting equipment, the
newspaper reported. Locker rooms and showers will be installed, and a
smoothie bar will be added. A lounge area and childcare also will be
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Overweight Children Have
Higher Rate of Absenteeism, Study Shows
PHILADELPHIA -- Overweight children are absent from school on
average 20 percent more often than their normal-weight peers, according
to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of
Pennsylvania and Temple University. Read the full story.
New Army Fitness Center
Showcases Design Criteria
FORT BENNING, GA -- The Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Fitness Center
in Fort Benning, GA, will serve as a model for the Army's future fitness
facilities, according to a report from the U.S. Army. Read the full story.
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Nautilus CEO Steps
VANCOUVER, WA -- A month after Nautilus Inc. released its financial
report showing falling net sales for second quarter 2007, Gregg Hammann
stepped down as president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver,
WA-based equipment manufacturer. He also resigned his seat on the
company's board. Robert S. Falcone, Nautilus's lead independent
director, will serve as chairman, president and chief executive officer
on an interim basis, according to the company. Read the full story.
Stays on Top
SAN DIEGO -- Personal training, mind-body fusion and outdoor
activities continue to be popular offerings at health clubs while
stability balls, resistance bands and balance boards are the most
frequently offered equipment, according to the 12th annual IDEA Fitness
Programs and Equipment Survey. The survey of 225 IDEA members, who
consist of health club owners, fitness center managers and/or exercise
program directors, measures the latest trends in programming and
equipment offerings. Read the full story.
Want More from Moore
NORTH PALM BEACH, FL -- Two fitness professionals are challenging
filmmaker Michael Moore to get healthy. Jim Labadie (pictured, left) and
Ryan Lee (pictured, right) recently created an e-mail campaign to raise
awareness about the benefits of exercise and its role in preventive
care. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
XSport Fitness is adding two locations, one in Hicksville, NY,
and the other in the West Loop area of Chicago. The $10 million,
45,000-square-foot mega fitness centers will include 150 pieces of
cardio equipment with personal flat screen televisions, more than 300
strength-training machines, free weight areas, two group exercise rooms,
a four-lane pool, whirlpool, rock climbing walls, basketball courts, and
sauna and steam rooms. The facilities will also include complete day
spas, featuring full hair, nail and massage treatments; personal
training and fitness assessments; 20 tanning rooms; and a fully
equipped child play center.
Fitness Together Franchise Corp., which recently sold its 500th
personal training franchise, has named Kevin Betts as its president,
according to Rick Sikorski, CEO and founder of Fitness Together. Betts
has served as vice president of operations since 1999, working alongside
Sikorski for 14 years. Betts began working with Fitness Together in 1993
as a personal trainer while a student at Arizona State University. He
was promoted to general manager of the company's largest fitness studio
in 1996 and then became vice president of operations for Fitness
Together in 1999.
ECA World Fitness announced that ECA Thrive! 2007, formerly known as
ECA/MIAMI Sports Training and Fitness Conference, has moved up the coast
from Miami and will be held Oct. 4-7 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at the
Harbor Beach Resort and Spa. The convention's new name represents a
broader interpretation focusing more on wellness programs with an
emphasis on a person's spiritual, emotional and mental health, as well
as the physical, according to ECA.
The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) signed a new
agreement with the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association
(NBATA) that establishes NASM as the official provider of sports
education for the organization. NASM will develop and market
instructional programs in consultation with the NBATA while serving as a
resource to each NBA team's medical staff.
MYE Entertainment signed
agreements with fitness music producers Power Music, Techno Sweat and
Tunes 4 Sports to provide on-going content for the in-club access
fitness download station service.
partnered with Juan Carlos Santana, fitness educator and owner of the
Institute of Human Performance. Santana will help develop educational
materials and research studies, and collaborate on products and workshop
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